UPDATED: Law students say, ‘Pack it out, Paul’

BY: - October 5, 2021

Everett Johns stood on the steps of Main Hall on Tuesday at the University of Montana and called on President Seth Bodnar to ask for the resignations of Alexander Blewett III School of Law Dean Paul Kirgis and Associate Dean of Students Sally Weaver. “At best, they are incompetent leaders, and at worst, they have […]

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our […]

Prominent lawyer, former faculty, had raised leadership questions at law school

BY: - October 4, 2021

A prominent Montana lawyer and former longtime faculty member at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana had raised concerns about its leadership in 2019 in a pointed six-page letter declining an offer to stay on board. Maylinn Smith, then co-director of the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic, told […]

Democrats plan for free community college would boost undocumented students

BY: - October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON—The massive economic policy package Democrats are trying to muscle through Congress could open the door to free community college for undocumented immigrants. But that lifeline for many people now denied access to higher education could also reignite controversies in Republican-leaning states over immigration and federal overreach. The provision on immigrants was included in a plan drafted […]

Congress has a plan for universal pre-K, but will states opt-in?

BY: - October 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly a fifth of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion sweeping social spending package is dedicated to providing low-cost care for children from birth to kindergarten—investments that would benefit single parents and low-income families. But how the states implement their programs for pre-K for 3-and 4-year-olds—or whether they even decide to accept the cash, […]

Parental rights advocates demonstrate at Capitol against school board mask mandates

BY: - October 1, 2021

The same day Senate Bill 400 — a bill limiting the government’s ability to interfere with parental rights — went into effect, nearly 100 people gathered outside the state Capitol on Friday to hear lawmakers and citizens promote parental rights. “The interests and role of parents and the care, custody, and control of their children […]

UM law school students demand change, plan walk-out

BY: - October 1, 2021

Describing administrators as having failed students and faculty, a letter from concerned students of the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana is asking the law school leadership to stop threatening them and start providing support, such as accurate information about reporting sexual misconduct. “I’m not afraid to say that I […]

UM counts record number of graduate students, MSU hits high with incoming class

BY: - September 29, 2021

Montana State University reported this fall its largest incoming class in its 128-year history, and the University of Montana is heralding an all-time high in graduate students — and its first year-to-year uptick in overall enrollment in a decade. In Bozeman, MSU counted 3,871 new first-time students, including undergraduates, graduate students and Gallatin College MSU […]

Student: UM Title IX supportive, but no-contact order denied by Commissioner’s Office

BY: - September 28, 2021

Alicia Arant is director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX at the University of Montana. Some female law students from the Alexander Blewett III School of Law interviewed by the Daily Montanan about their experiences trying to report sexual assault, harassment and other complaints to administrators said Arant was responsive and tried […]

UM students: Title IX investigation ‘biggest waste of … time,’ ‘bulls—‘

BY: - September 28, 2021

Female law students and alumna of the University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law are calling into question a report from an outside firm that investigated a series of allegations related to the law school, including that two of its top leaders discouraged students from reporting sexual assaults. One student is appealing the […]

UM law students: Dean, associate dean discouraged reports of sexual misconduct

BY: - September 27, 2021

Three women from the University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law say the dean and associate dean of students deterred them from taking allegations of sexual harassment and assault to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, which handles sexual misconduct on campus. A fourth female law student told the Daily Montanan […]

Montana flagships both break records for research funding

BY: - September 22, 2021

Both of Montana’s flagship campuses announced this month record breaking research activity for the 2021 fiscal year, $138 million in awards in Missoula and $193 million in Bozeman. “UM is quickly emerging as a regional research leader,” said Scott Whittenburg, University of Montana vice president for research and creative scholarship and dean of the Graduate […]