State Bar of Montana

Cascade County Bar Association

PROJECTS

Cascade County Law Clinic

The Cascade County Law Clinic was founded in 1993 by the Cascade County Bar Association in response to drastic cuts in federal funding of legal services for low-income individuals.

For its Pro Bono Program, the Clinic recruits lawyers to represent low-income individuals for uncontested family law matters including guardianships, dissolutions of marriage, establishing parenting plans, wills and name changes.


Under its Casco Youth Project, the Clinic provides a free educational program for parents involved in Youth in Need of Care proceedings (also known as abuse and neglect cases).
For more information contact: Mike Tramelli, 452-6269 cclc@icsvnet.com

Law Day
On May 1st of every year, Law Day provides an opportunity for everyone to reflect on our legal heritage, on the role of law, and on the rights and duties which are the foundation of peace and prosperity for all mankind.

In 1957, the American Bar Association instituted May 1 as Law Day to draw attention to both the principles and practice of law and justice. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day by proclamation in 1958.
May 1st remains the official date, but Law Day often becomes Law Week (or Weeks!) as national organizations, state and local bar associations, businesses, and schools, in conducting thousands of programs on the rule of law in a constitutional democracy.

Each year, the Cascade County Bar Association, under the leadership of the New Lawyers, conducts several Law Day activities including presenting lectures to classes at the Great Falls high schools. For more information concerning Law Day contact Jason T. Holden, 761-3000 or jholden@chjw.com.
  
Lawyers Helping Lawyers Local Committee
Affiliated with the State Bar's Lawyers Helping Lawyers, the committee provides confidential information, upon request, to the Great Falls legal community concerning lawyers who may be troubled by alcoholism, other chemical dependencies and addictions, stress, depression, and other mental health issues. Contact: Scott Radford, 452-5522 or sradford@strainbld.com.

New Lawyers
The Cascade County New Lawyers Chapter is affiliated with the Cascade County Bar Association and the New Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Montana. Membership is open to all local bar members who are 35 years or younger or who have been in practice for less than five years. The Cascade County New Lawyers spearhead various projects throughout the year in effort to better the practice of law and promote liberty, justice, and equality. For more information contact
Jason T. Holden, 761-3000 or jholden@chjw.com.

AWARDS

Alexander Award
The Edward C. Alexander Award is presented on an almost annual basis to an attorney who is a member of the Cascade County Bar Association and who has, by his or her ethical and personal conduct, commitment and activities, exemplified for fellow attorneys the epitome of professionalism.

The Award is named in honor of Edward C. Alexander, an outstanding lawyer and leader of the bar, who practiced in Great Falls for over 50 years.

Past recipients of the Alexander Award are:

1998: Edward C. Alexander
1999: Joseph R. Marra
2000: Alex Blewett
2001: Robert J. Emmons
2002: William P. Conklin
2004: John D. Stephenson, Jr.
2005: Neil E. Ugrin
2006: Patricia O'Brien Cotter
2007: Alexander (Zander) Blewett, III.
2009: D. Patrick McKittrick
2010: John Alexander
2011: Jim Walsh

For more information concerning the criteria for the Edward C. Alexander Award click here: Edward C. Alexander Award Criteria.

Goff Pro Bono Award
The Judge Robert P. Goff Pro-Bono Award is presented on an annual basis to an attorney who is a member of the Cascade County Bar Association and who has significantly contributed to the pro bono representation of low-income individuals.

The Award is named in honor of the memory of the late Hon. Robert P. Goff, whose steadfast devotion to Justice and the Law, and wholehearted dedication to the Eighth Judicial District of Montana earned him the utmost respect of those he served. Judge Goff's legendary community service and personal qualities of integrity, intelligence, vision, faith, compassion and honor earned him the affection of all.

Past recipients of the Goff Award are:
2000: Danna R. Jackson
2001: Joseph P. Cosgrove
2002: Darcy H. Crum
2003: Michael L. McPherson
2004: Stacy Temple-St. John
2005: Todd A. Stubbs
2006: Jeff Ferguson
2007: Mike Tramelli
2008: Jason Kindsvatter
2009: Travis Cushman

 

Officers

President
Ronald Nelson
(406) 761-3000
ronnelson@chjw.com

Past President
Greg Smith

Secretary
Dave Grubich

Treasurer
Mark Frisbie

For Mail
Cascade County Bar Association
P.O. Box 1484
Great Falls, MT  59403

MEETINGS

The Bar Association usually meets once a month for business meetings and CLE luncheons. Speakers from the local and state legal communities make presentations on a variety of topics.

The monthly meetings will commence at 4:30 p.m. usually on the third Thursday of each month, no meetings in July and August, usually at Machinery Row, located at 202 2nd Avenue South, Great Falls.


 

 

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