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2020-2021 Bar Leadership

Executive Committee

President
Kate McGrath Ellis, Helena

President-Elect
Brian C. Smith, Missoula

Secretary-Treasurer
David J. Steele, Missoula

Immediate Past President
Juli M. Pierce, Billings

Chair of the Board
Alanah N. Griffith, Big Sky

Board of Trustees

Area A
Randall A. Snyder, Bigfork

Area B
Beth A. Brennan, Missoula
Erica R. Grinde, Missoula
Beth Hayes, Missoula

Area C
Kaylan A. Minor, Dillon

Area D
Samir F. Aarab, Great Falls
Gregory G. Smith, Great Falls

Area E
Kent M. Sipe, Lewistown

Area F
Aislinn W. Brown, Helena
Danna R. Jackson, Helena
J. Stuart Segrest, Helena

Area G
Alanah N. Griffith, Big Sky
Matthew A. Haus, Bozeman

Area H
Shane P. Coleman, Billings
Eli J. Patten, Billings
Ben T. Sather, Billings

Delegates to the American Bar Association

Ryane Browne, ABA Delegate - Young Lawyers' Division, Billings
Hon. Shane A. Vannatta, ABA Delegate - State of Montana, Missoula
Tucker Gannett, ABA Delegate - State Bar of Montana, Billings

 

History & Purpose

The purposes of the State Bar of Montana are to aid the courts in maintaining and improving the administration of justice; to foster and maintain and require on the part of those engaged in the practice of law high standards of integrity, learning, competence, public service, and conduct: to safeguard a forum for the discussion of and effective action concerning subjects pertaining to the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform, and relations of the bar to the public; to provide for the continuing legal education of members of the bar; and to insure that the responsibilities of the legal profession to the public are more effectively discharged. [Constitution of the State Bar of Montana, Article III, Purposes]

The voluntary Montana Bar Association, established on January 8, 1885, had by 1889, the year Montana's first constitution was adopted, a standing committee on legal education and admission to the Bar. The State Bar of Montana was created by order of the Montana Supreme Court in January, 1974. In it's Order, the Court provided that all persons practicing law in the state were obliged to be members of the State Bar. The purposes of the State Bar are to aid the courts in maintaining and improving the administration of justice; to foster, maintain and require on the part of attorneys high standards of integrity, learning, competence, public service and conduct; to safeguard proper professional interests of the local bar associations; to provide a forum for discussion of and effective action concerning subjects pertaining to the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform, and relations of the Bar to the public; to provide for continuing legal education of members of the Bar and to insure that the responsibilities of the legal profession to the public are more effectively discharged. [Organization Chart]