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Positions on 2018 ballot

The State Bar will elect a President-Elect; a State Bar Delegate to the ABA; and Trustees for Area A (Flathead and Lincoln Counties), Area B (Missoula, Mineral, Lake, Ravalli and Sanders Counties), Area C (Silver Bow, Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Granite, Jefferson, Madison and Powell Counties), Area D (Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton and Toole Counties), and Area G (Gallatin, Park and Sweetgrass Counties).

Meet the Candidates

Below are links to questionnaire answers we have received from Bar Election candidates.

President-Elect Candidate: Juli Pierce (Billings)

State Bar Delegate to the ABA: Shane Vannatta (Missoula)

Area A Trustee Candidate: Ryan Hennen (Whitefish)

Area B Trustee Candidates: Beth Brennan (Missoula), Brian C. Smith (Missoula), Dave Steele (Missoula)

Area C Trustee Candidate: Kaylan Minor (Dillon)

Area D Trustee Candidates: Paul Haffeman and Channing Hartelius (both from Great Falls)

Area G Trustee Candidates: Chris Gray and Jessica Wilkerson (both from Bozeman)


Position Descriptions

Board of Trustee (2-year term)

The duties of each Trustee are:

  1. To attend each Board meeting, unless excused by the President for good cause.
  2. To attend the annual meeting.
  3. To actively participate on all committees of which he or she is a member.
  4. To regularly attend the meetings of local bar associations within the Trustee’s area and provide reports about State Bar activities to the local bar members.
  5. To actively encourage and sponsor formation of local bar associations within the Trustee’s area and serve as a voting member on the local bar association’s governing board (where permitted)
  6. To serve as a liaison on the committees or sections to which the Trustee has been appointed by the President. The Trustee will:
    • serve as a voting member of the committee or section and encourage the committee or section to attain the objectives assigned by the Board;
    • attend meetings of the committee or section; and
    • report on the committee or section activities at quarterly meetings of the Board.
  7. To accomplish such other purposes as may from time to time be appropriate.

President-Elect (1-year term as President; serves on Executive Committee for 3 years)

The President-Elect is a member-at-large of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee; and performs all other duties assigned by the President or Board of Trustees.  Before assuming the office of president, the President-Elect must present to the Board of Trustees for its consideration a proposed plan of State Bar goals and objectives for the succeeding year. The Immediate Past President is a member of the Executive Committee.  Responsibilities include: (1) organizing the local bar leadership conference; (2) chairing the Past Presidents Committee; (3) serves as a liaison with out of state Bar members; (4) performs other duties as assigned by the State Bar President or Board of Trustees.

State Bar of Montana ABA Delegate (2-year term)

The State Bar of Montana ABA Delegate is a leadership position in both the State Bar and American Bar Association (State Bar Bylaws, Art. V(a)), and serves as the principal liaison between the State Bar and ABA. The ABA Delegate represents the interests of the State Bar, its members, and the Montana legal profession in the ABA House of Delegates, the policy-making body of the ABA. As a result, the ABA Delegate must attend both the ABA Annual Meeting (August), and ABA Midyear Meeting (February) when the House meets. Travel and lodging are partially-reimbursed by the ABA and State Bar. The ABA Delegate is elected by the members of the State Bar in even years; the term of office is two years.

Voting and Eligibility

Voting members are active, active military service and judicial members except Supreme Court justices. Only voting members may hold office or vote in any election conducted by the State Bar. [By-laws of the State Bar of Montana, Article I, §3(c)]

A voting member is eligible to vote only in the area in which the member resides. A voting member may represent an area only if the member both resides in the area and either maintains a law practice or serves as a judicial officer in the area. [By-laws of the State Bar of Montana, Article III, §2(a)]

Election Calendar/Deadlines

April 2 – Filing deadline for original nomination petitions
April 16 – Submission deadline for candidate responses
May 1 – Ballots mailed to members
May 21 – Ballots postmark deadline
June 1 – Ballots counted