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2017 Women's Law Section CLE
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10/5/2017 to 10/6/2017
When: October 5, 2017 Section Meeting and Reception Starting at 4:30 October 6, 2017 CLE
Where: Chico Hot Springs Resort
163 Chico Road
Pray, Montana  59065
United States
Contact: Meagan Caprara

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2017 Women’s Law Section CLE 


What will you learn?

In 2014, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession created a training program to educate women concerning the importance of grit and a growth mindset, and how to improve these traits.  In the afternoon, we will be using the program for small group discussions, which will be moderated by a diverse group of Montana practitioners.  Each small group will include a justice or judge – women who have used grit and a growth mindset to reach their position.  In the morning, you will learn about recent legislation, intellectual property law, and ethics.   


Who are the speakers?

·Justice Beth Baker, Montana Supreme Court

·Justice Laurie McKinnon, Montana Supreme Court 

·Hon. Amy Eddy, Flathead County 

·Hon. Ingrid Gustafson, Yellowstone County

·Hon. Olivia Rieger, 7th Judicial District

·Hon. Kathy Seeley, Lewis and Clark County

·Chief Hon. Roni Brady, Northern Cheyenne Court

·Kelly Driscoll, Esq., Montana Legal Justice, PLLC

·Kim Dudik, Esq., Dudik Law, P.L.L.C, Missoula & State Representative

·Holly Franz, Esq., Franz & Driscoll, Helena

·Rebekah French, Esq., Risk Management & Tort Defense Division, Department of Administration, State of Montana

·Kelly Gallinger, Esq., Brown Law Frim, PC, Missoula

·Susan Gobbs, Esq., Montana AAA Legal Services, Helena 

·Robin Meguire, Esq., Meguire Law, Great Falls 

·Tasha Prinzing Jones, Esq., Boone Karlberg P.C., Missoula 

·Antoinette Tease, Esq., Antoinette M. Tease, P.L.L.C., Billings 

·Helen Thigpen, Esq., Associate Counsel, Montana University System, Helena & Former Staff Attorney, Legislative Services Division.

·Cathy Tutty, Esq., Tutty Law Group, Butte 

Patty Fain, Statewide Pro Bono Coordinator, Montana Supreme Court


Where is it?

The seminar is at Chico Hot Springs Resort, 163 Chico Rd, Pray MT, 59065.  Rooms have been blocked; please make your RESERVATIONS BEFORE September 5, 2017 to get the discounted room rate. Rates vary based upon room type. You may call the resort at406-333-4933 and reference State Bar of Montana. 


Will I receive a copy of the course materials?

An electronic copy of the course materials is included in the price of the event registration. A downloadable link to the course materials will be sent via email by October 2, 2017. If you would like a printed course book for $35.00, please reserve your copy by checking the box on the mail in registration.  Or, reserve online by selecting "Printed Course Book” in the optional ticket menu.


Growth & Grit Mindset Tests

Participants are encouraged to take the grit and mindset tests before the CLE.


The grit test can be found at:


The mindset quiz can be found at:



Silent Auction to benefit Montana Justice Foundation

Silent Auction will open Thursday October 5th, at 5:30p during the Reception and close at 1:00p on Friday during lunch.


Scholarship Information

Scholarships are available. Anyone unable to afford this CLE and who must pay for CLE attendance without assistance from their employer (this includes solo practitioners) is encouraged to contact Kelly Gallinger at for more information.


Registration and Pricing

You may register through September 25 by mailing this completed form with payment or, through October 4 by going online to pay by credit card.  If you register by September 12, you qualify for a $25 discount.

If you have questions, please contact the State Bar office, 406-442-7660. Late registrations only if space is available. Please call 406-447-2206 to check on available space at least 2 days prior to seminar if you plan to register at the door.  


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 C        members of the Women’s Law Section


                                                        Price A    Price B     Price C

Paid before September 12:          $300       $275        $250

Paid after September 12:             $325        $300       $275

Printed Course Book:                   $35



Thursday, 5th.

4:30p –5:30p

Women’s Law Section Meeting

5:30p-7:00p Reception at Chico

Friday, 6th.


Registration (Hot breakfast included)


Welcoming Remarks

Rebekah French


What Every Practitioner Should Know About IP Law

Antoinette Tease


Resilience and Balance for Women Practicing Law

Cathy Tutty (1.0 Ethics Credit Pending)




Legislative Update

Helen Thigpen & Kim Dudik


Access to Justice in Montana (1.0 Ethics Credit)

Justice Beth Baker, Justice Patricia Cotter, Justice Laurie McKinnon, & Patty Fain

11:45a-1:00p Lunch


Grit Panel & Small Group Discussion

Introduction to Grit and Mindset Research

Panel Discussion: The Grit/Growth Mindset


Panel Members: Justice Baker, Justice Cotter, Justice McKinnon, Hon. Brady, Hon. Eddy, Hon. Gustafson, Hon. Rieger, Hon. Seeley, Kelly Driscoll, Kim Dudik, Patty Fain, Susan Gobbs, Robin Meguire, Tasha Prinzing Jones, Antoinette Tease, & Helen Thigpen


Moderator: Cathy Tutty


Scenario One: The Overwhelmed Associate

Scenario Two: Bullying in a Deposition

Scenario Three: Billing Credit

Scenario Four: Passed Over for a Prime Assignment