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This CLE brings together attorneys from various different backgrounds to discuss current and emerging issues in the practice of environmental law in Montana. Set in Helena, the CLE should be an entertaining and informative way to earn CLE credits.

When: March 30, 2017
Where: Radisson Colonial Hotel
2301 Colonial Drive
Helena, Montana  59601
United States
Contact: Meagan Caprara

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Approved for 6.75 live (including 0.5 Ethics) Montana CLE Credits 


What will you learn?

This CLE brings together attorneys from various different backgrounds to discuss current and emerging issues in the practice of environmental law in Montana. Set in Helena, the CLE should be an entertaining and informative way to earn CLE credits.  


Who are the speakers?


·Justice Laurie McKinnon, Esq. Montana Supreme Court, Helena

·Erin Bills, Law Student Clinician, Montana Legislative Services

    Division, Missoula

·Lee Bruner, Esq. Doney Crowley, P.C., Helena

·Professor Michelle Bryan, Esq. Professor of Law, Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, Missoula

·Dennison Butler, Esq.  DNRC, Helena

·Mary Capdeville, Esq. NRD Program, Helena

·Jack Connors, Esq. Doney Crowley, PC, Helena 

·John Meyer, Esq. Cottonwood Environmental Law Center, Bozeman

·John North, Esq. Chief Legal Counsel, DEQ, Helena

·Carolyn Sime, Esq. Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program, Helena 

·Mark S. Smith, Esq. Assistant US Attorney, Billings

·Mark L. Stermitz, Esq. Crowley Fleck, Missoula

·Jay Weiner, Esq. Asst. Attorney General, State AG Office, Helena


·Mac Smith, Esq. Doney Crowley, P.C., Helena


Where is it?

The seminar is at the Radisson Colonial Hotel, 2301 Colonial Drive, Helena, MT.  Rooms have been blocked; please make your RESERVATIONS BEFORE March 10, 2017 to get the discount price of $ 119.00+ tax. You may call the hotel at (406) 443-2100 and reference State Bar of Montana.



Thursday a.m.


Registration (Continental Breakfast included)


Welcome and Announcements


Speed Talks: Hot Topics in Wildlife, Lands, and Water

I. Natural Resource Damages

Mary Capdeville, Esq.

II. Federal ESA & Mitigation Policy

Carolyn Sime, Esq.

III. Water Navigability Law in Montana.

Dennison Butler, Esq.




Confronting the Blackness that Lies Beneath, or, Tapping into State Funds to Clean Up Your Client’s Property

(0.5 Ethics)

Lee Bruner, Esq., and Jack Connors, Esq.


Legal Updates from DEQ

John North, Esq.


Lunch Provided

Thursday p.m.




Interrelationship of BiOp and NEPA Processes (Columbia

River Power System Case Study)

Jay Weiner, Esq.


The Cottonwood Decision and Differing Viewpoints

John Meyer, Esq., and Mark L. Stermitz, Esq.




Legal Updates for Environmental Law Practitioners

I. Montana Supreme Court Case Law Updates

Hon. Laurie McKinnon

II. Federal Case Law Updates

Prof. Michelle Bryan, Esq.

III. New Montana Legislation

Erin Bills


Environmental Crime and the Montana Environmental Crime Task Force

Mark S. Smith, Esq.


Reception & Natural Resource, Energy, &

Environmental Law Section meeting to follow


Registration and Pricing


PRICE A         for attorneys practicing five years or more and all

                     other non-attorney registrants.

PRICE B         for attorneys practicing under five years and

                     members of the State Bar Paralegal Section.


                                                             Price A               Price B

Early Registration Paid by March 10            $285                 $260

Paid after March 10:                                  $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 the date of the seminar. Cancellations or substitutions may be made by calling 406-447-2206. No refunds will be made on printed course books after February 30, 2017.


Reserve a printed copy of the course materials

An electronic copy of the course materials are included in the price of the event registration.  A downloadable link to the course materials will be sent via email by March 27, 2017. If you would like a printed course book for $35.00, please reserve your copy by selecting "Printed Course Book” in the optional ticket menu.