State Bar of Montana

State Bar of Montana's

Justice Initiatives Committee



Montana Supreme Court appoints Access to Justice Commission

Creation Documents: ORDER Petition   Appendix A  Appendix B  Appendix C

Objectives

  • Encourage programs which increase attorney awareness of the need for pro bono legal services and Rules 6.1 and 6.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Continue cooperation with the Equal Justice Task Force, the Commission on Self-Represented Litigants, judges, and local bar associations to expand civil legal services to low-income people.
  • Develop an annual plan and accompanying budget for approval by the Board of Trustees.
 
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Next Meeting- April 23 by conference call.

 

The Committee met March 17, 2014. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met January 22, 2014. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met November 22, 2013. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met October 21, 2013. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met September 18, 2013 in person. Click here for the agenda and here for the mintues.

The Committee met August 28, 2013. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met July 8, 2013. Click here for the minutes.

The Committee met May 22, 2013.Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met April 24, 2013. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met February 27, 2013. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met January 29, 2013. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met December 18, 2012. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met November 14, 2012. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met September 19, 2012. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met May 30, 2012. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met February 2012. Click here for the
agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met November 22, 2011. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes .

The Committee met September 14, 2011. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met June 7, 2011. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met February 2, 2011. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committee met November 15, 2010. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes .

The Committee met March 9, 2010. Click here for the minutes, here for the Committee Update, here for the MTLSA Report, and here for the State Bar Report.

The Committee met January 12, 2009. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

The Committe met August 7, 2009. Click here for the minutes.

The Committee met May 7, 2009. Click here for the Agenda and here for the 2009 State Bar Report to EJTF.

The Committee met September 18, 2008. Click here for the agenda and here for the Purpose & Objectives.

The Committee met May 1, 2008. Click here for the agenda.

The Committee met February 6, 2008. Click here for the minutes.

The Committee met January 10, 2008. Click here for the agenda and here for the minutes.

 


 


 



 

 

Chair

Abigail St. Lawrence

abigail@stlawrencelaw.com

 

 Members

Ed Bartlett, Billings

Jennifer Brandon, Bozeman

Ann Davey, Columbus

Tammie Fagan, Brady

Patty Fain, Billings

Jessica Fehr, Billings

Anna Felton, Libby

Susan Gobbs, Helena

Burt Hurwitz, Billings

Marijo MacDonald, Butte

Hon. Laurie McKinnon, Helena

Jock Michelotti, Billings

Brian Muldoon, Whitefish

Charles Munson, Helena

Pamela Poon, Bozeman

Peggy Probasco, Butte

Brandi Ries, Missoula

Klaus Sitte, Missoula

Nancy Sweeney, Helena

Steve Williams, Helena

Meghan Benson, Missoula

 

Board of Trustees Liaison

Luke Berger, Helena

 

Staff Contact

Janice Doggett, State Bar of Montana
(406) 447-2201

jdoggett@montanabar.org

 

Modest Means  

Would you like to boost your income while serving low and moderate income Montanans?

 

Modest Means is a reduced fee civil representation program.  When Montana Legal Services is unable to serve a client due to a conflict of interest, lack of available assistance or client income is slightly above Montana Legal Services Association guidelines, they refer that person to the State Bar. 

What are the benefits of joining Modest Means?  

You are covered by the Montana Legal Services malpractice insurance,  will receive recognition in the Montana Lawyer and, when you spend 50 hours on Modest Means and/or Pro Bono work, notify us to receive a free CLE certificate entitling you to attend any State Bar sponsored CLE.  State Bar Bookstore Law Manuals are available to you at a discount and attorney mentors can be provided.

Interested in Modest Means? Download the attorney application here.

Contact Kathie Lynch at (406) 447-2210 or email klynch@montanabar.org

  

 Pro Bono Projects

 Pro Bono PowerPoint

Pro Bono Press Release 

 2013 Pro Bono Report

2011 Pro Bono Report and Summary

Model Pro Bono Policy

Pro Bono Policy Draft Toolkit

Pro Bono Presentation

Order ATJC Pro Bono Admittee

Pro Bono FAQ

Sign up for the Appellate Pro Bono Program here

 

Other Projects

Family law mentoring survey

Mediation subcommittee

Emeritus status FAQ

 

Support Montana's Court Help Program

See the Program featured in the January 2011 issue of the Montana Lawyer magazine

Court Help Information


Veterans Survey Documents

Survey assessment

Survey assessment, executive summary

Presi

Flyer

DRAFT Legal Guide

 

2013 Award Winners

The winner of the Neil Haight pro bono is Tom Lynaugh from Billings.

The winner of the Karla M. Gray Equal Justice Award winner is Justice Beth Baker

 

The criteria for the Neil Haight pro bono award can be found here.
 

The Karla M. Gray Equal Justice Award will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Montana September 18-20.. The annual award honors a judge who has demonstrated dedication to improving access to Montana courts by:

  • Personally accomplishing noteworthy work improving access for all people, regardless of income, to the Montana court system.
  • Taking part in local accesss-to-justice efforts, including program development, cooperative efforts between programs, and support for community outreach efforts to improve understanding of access to the courts.
  • Actively supporting citizen involvement in the judicial system.
  • Actively committing to increasing involvement of volunteer attorneys in representing the indigent and those of limited means.
  • Making other significant efforts that exhibit a long-term commitment to improving access to the judicial system.

The winner of the award will be selected by the State Bar Executive Committee after receiving recommendations from the State Bar Access to Justice Committee, the Supreme Court Equal Justice Task Force and the Supreme Court Commission on Self-Represented Litigants.

 


 

 

 

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