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This seminar will give Montana practitioners a unique opportunity to learn best courtroom practices on an array of topics from the judges themselves — 9 MT district court judges, 2 MT Supreme Court justices and a U.S. district court judge. Topics include wisdom on expert witnesses, jury selection, social media evidence, and the new Asbestos Claims Court. Attendees will also hear Supreme Court case law updates from the justices and advice from some of the state’s most experienced law clerks.

When: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Where: Hilton Garden Inn
2023 Commerce Way
Bozeman, Montana  59715
United States
Contact: Meagan Gallagher

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 - Approved for 7.0 MT CLE Credits 

Thursday a.m.


Registration (Breakfast Included)


Welcoming Remarks


Legislative Update

Ed Bartlett and Bruce Spencer


Supreme Court Update

Justice Laurie McKinnon and Justice Ingrid Gustafson


Experts: When Do You REALLY Need One, Disclosure & Presentation to a Jury

Hon. Susan P. Watters, Hon. John C. Brown& Hon. Donald L. Harris




Social Media Evidence

Hon. Rodney E. Souza


Lunch Provided


Thursday p.m.

12:45– 1:15

Asbestos Claims Court

Hon. Amy Eddy


Judicial Tips for Jury Selection

Hon. Rodney E. Souza, Hon. Jessica Fehr &
Hon. John Parker


Law Clerks and Their Best Advice

John Bacino, Katie DeLong, Katy Stack &
Hannah Tokerud




Requests for Attorney Fees and Sanctions—What Do Judges Consider in Granting or Denying?

Hon. Mike Salvagni (Ret.),
Hon. Greg Pinski,Hon. Michael McMahon &Hon. James A. Manley




  • Stuart Segrest, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, Montana
    Department of Justice, Helena


  • Hon. Susan Watters, U.S District Court, District of Montana, Billings
  • Justice Ingrid Gustafson, Montana Supreme Court, Helena
  • Justice Laurie McKinnon, Montana Supreme Court, Helena
  • Hon. John C. Brown, 18th Judicial District, Bozeman 
  • Hon. Amy Eddy, 11th Judicial District, Asbestos Claims Court, Kalispell
  • Hon. Jessica Fehr, 13th Judicial District, Billings
  • Hon. Donald L. Harris, 13th Judicial District, Billings
  • Hon. James A. Manley, 20th Judicial District, Polson
  • Hon. Michael F. McMahon, 1st Judicial District, Helena
  • Hon. John W. Parker, 8th Judicial District, Great Falls
  • Hon. Greg Pinski, 8th Judicial District, Great Falls
  • Hon. Mike Salvagni, (Ret.) 18th Judicial District, Bozeman 
  • Hon. Rodney E. Souza,  13th Judicial District, Billings
  • John Bacino, Esq., Law Clerk, 1st Judicial District, Helena
  • Ed Bartlett, Esq., State Bar of Montana Lobbyist, Helena
  • Katie DeLong, Esq., Law Clerk, 18th Judicial District,  Bozeman
  • Bruce Spencer, Esq., Bruce Spencer Law, State Bar of Montana
    Lobbyist, Helena
  • Katy Stack, Esq., Stack & Kottke, Missoula, former law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong and U.S. District Judge Christensen
  • Hannah Tokerud, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, Montana DOJ, Helena, former law clerk for Montana Supreme Court,
    two U.S. magistrate judges and U.S. Ninth Circuit Judge Sid Thomas


Registration and Pricing

PRICE A         for attorneys practicing five years or more and all

                          other non-attorney registrants.

PRICE B          for attorneys practicing under 5 years and members of the State Bar Paralegal Section.


                                                                  Price A    Price B

Early Registration Paid by April 17:            $285         $260

Paid after April 17:                                      $310         $285


Printed Course Book $35
Electronic materials are included in the registration price,
printed course books are an additional $35


REFUND POLICY: Refunds are 75% if cancellation is 7 days or more before the seminar. Refunds are 50% if cancellation is less than 7 days. No refunds for cancellations on or after date of the .  Cancellations or substitutions may be made by calling 406-447-2206. No refunds will be made on printed course books after March 6.



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