Sep 10, 2020, 8:00 AM – Sep 11, 2020, 12:00 PM
Join us via Zoom.


Welcome and Introductions

Thursday, 8:15 AM

Juli Pierce

President, State Bar of Montana

Zoom in the Courtroom: It's here. Here's how to use it.

8:30 AM

Joseph Sullivan
Davis, Haffeman, Hatley, & Tighe P.C.
Hon. Shane Vannatta

4th Judicial District
Myshell Lyday
Montana Office of the State Public Defender

Sam Alpert

Director of IT and Digital Strategy, State Bar of Montana
Stephanie Morrow
Court Reporter, Hon. Robert Deschamps, III

Everything you thought you knew about HIPAA: Before and After COVID-19

10:00 AM

Erin F. MacLean

Freeman and MacLean P.C.

Jackie Boyle Jones

Freeman and MacLean P.C.

The Meet and Confer Discovery Conference

11:00 AM

Hon. Elizabeth Best

8th Judicial District of Montana

Hon. Amy Eddy

11th Judicial District of Montana

Awards Ceremony - Bring Your Own Lunch

12:00 PM

We will announce awards winners as well as pass the gavel to the State Bar's President-Elect Kate McGrath Ellis.

Ethics and Technology in the Time of COVID

1:30 PM

Pam Bucy

Chief Disciplinary Counsel

Todd Sexton


Practicing law in 2020: Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities

2:30 PM

Panel 1: Perspectives on Diversity in a Rural State

  • Juli Pierce (moderator)
    President, State Bar of Montana

  • Tim Fox
    Attorney General, State of Montana

  • Danna Jackson
    Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Jacob Elder
    Blewett School of Law at the University of Montana

Panel 2: COVID19 and the Business of Law

  • David Steele (moderator)
    Geiszler Steele, PC

  • Dana Hupp
    Worden Thane, PC

  • Tom Singer
    Axilon Law Group, PLLC

Virtual President's Reception and 50-Year Pin Ceremony & Social

4:45 PM

Join us to honor those celebrating 50 years in the profession.

2020 Annual Business Meeting

Friday, 8:00 AM

Join us for an update on the operations of the State Bar of Montana.

State of the the Law School

8:40 AM

Paul Kirgis

Dean and Professor of Law

Blewett School of Law at the University of Montana

Introduction of the Montana Supreme Court Oral Argument

9:00 AM

Shelby Towe
Blewett School of Law at the University of Montana

Montana Supreme Court Oral Argument

9:30 AM

Keefe v. Kirkegard

Annual Meeting Concludes

11:00 AM

Join us in 2021! September 9-11 in Missoula.



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State Bar of Montana

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