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Free program: 150th anniversary of Montana Supreme Court
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The State Law Library is hosting a free program celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first time the Montana Supreme Court met, May 18, 1865. Cake and coffee will be provided, and 1 CLE credit is available.

When: 5/18/2015
1:00 PM
Where: Montana Supreme Court Chambers
215 N. Sanders St.

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The Montana Supreme Court met for the very first time on May 18, 1865. The two sitting justices, Lorenzo Williston and Hezekiah Hosmer, chief justice, gathered in Virginia City, the seat of government for the territory.

Flash forward 150 years and Montana citizens can now see the Montana Supreme Court, seven members strong, meeting in Helena and handling hundreds of legal cases each year.

In recognition of this 150-year milestone, the State Law Library of Montana has organized a one-hour public program focusing on the history of the Montana Supreme Court. The program will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 18, in the Montana Supreme Court Chambers in the Joseph P. Mazurek Justice Building, 215 N. Sanders St., Helena.

One CLE credit is available.

Speakers include Jeff Malcomson, Montana Historical Society, Skeff Sheehy, Supreme Court Justice from 1978-1991, and Judge Gordon Bennett, longtime district court judge and candidate for the Montana Supreme Court in 1962. Chief Justice Mike McGrath will provide introductions. Malcomson will focus on the early territorial court in his presentation, with the judges chiming in on past remembrances of life on the court. For those unable to attend the program in person, a live stream will be available starting at 1 p.m.

Cake and coffee will be provided after the program and participants will have the chance to enjoy browsing a collection of never-seen-before Montana Supreme Court photos pulled together by the State Law Library.

Read the event flyer.