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Volume 75 | 2013-2014 | Editorial Board


Editor-in-Chief, Jordan Peila, is a Billings native and enjoys cycling, trap shooting, and backpacking. He is also a total geek and reads things like A Song of Ice and Fire and Harry Potter at his family's cabin in Minnesota. Along with his wife Kate, they spoil and shower love upon Hans, the naughtiest dog ever.


Editor-in-Chief, Paul Leisher, grew up in New Mexico and moved to Montana 9 years ago. Prior to law school, he worked alternately as a landscaper, a mason, and a paralegal. While working as a paralegal, Paul discovered an affinity for criminal law (the rock-and-roll of law). He holds a B.A. in English literature, and spends most of his free time among books and the mountains, woods, streams, and lakes of Montana.


Executive Editor, Pamela Garman, was born and raised in Montana. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Lewis & Clark College, in Portland Oregon in 2011. She returned from Oregon to pursue her career in law. Pamela enjoys reading, traveling, and the outdoors.

Executive Editor, Dylan Jensen, was born in Hinsdale, Montana. As a young man, Dylan was fond of starships, of which he liked to build models. Dylan dreamed of adventure and exploration and knew at a young age he wanted to join Starfleet, and in pursuit of that desire he joined the academy in 2323. He graduated in 2327 with a promising career in front of him. He was first a commissioned officer on the USS Reliant, and eventually raised in the ranks until becoming captain of the Stargazer, where he remained for twenty-two years. In 2364 Dylan was assigned command of the newly-commissioned Galaxy-class starship USS Enterprise-D, where he has served with distinction ever since. Dylan is a noted diplomat, philosopher, and something of an archaeological expert. While he has been offered the rank of admiral several times, he has refused, instead deciding to remain on board his ship exploring the galaxy and going where no one has gone before.


Articles Editor, Russell Michaels, grew up in Shepherd, Montana, a pastoral fringe town just outside Billings. After avidly pursuing a career in meticulous fruit stacking for a number of years, Russell reluctantly joined the ranks of academia. As a result of this decision, he earned a BA in Japanese from the University of Montana in 2010, which included a year abroad in Tokyo, Japan. His passion for fitness and the outdoors sometimes borders on asceticism, and he regards most forms of sandwich as delicious. He finds law to be a fascinating trade.


Business Editor, Quinton King, grew up in Maryland, but was eventually drawn to Bozeman, MT for graduate school. After completing his PhD in Molecular Biology and a brief stint as an academic researcher, he joined the 2014 class at UMSL and was honored to be accepted onto the Montana Law Review. When he's not studying law, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Rebecca, and their two little boys, Morgan and Samuel.


Articles Editor, Kathleen Molsberry, was born in Ashland, Oregon. She grew up in Bozeman, Montana and received a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Montana. Before law school she worked in a hospital emergency room and in her spare time she enjoys badminton, hiking, and reading.


Online Editor, Michelle Vanisko, was born in San Diego, California, and raised in Northern California. She received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from Carroll College. Before law school, Michelle worked as a paralegal at law offices in both California and Montana. After graduation, she plans on practicing primarily in the area of business law. On the rare occasions when she has free time, Michelle spends it with her family in Helena.


Intake Editor, Carina Wilmot, grew up spending her summers backpacking in the mountains of Montana. She returned in 2009 with her children, to be able to call Montana home and be near family. She received a B.S. in Social Sciences from the University of Wyoming and an M.A. in Intercultural Communication from the University of New Mexico. She has worked as a health communication trainer for professionals from developing countries, as a technical recruiter for a government facility, and most recently as a stay-at-home mom for her two boys. When she’s not studying, she is getting her boys out hiking, skiing, and whatever else they can come up with.

Volume 75 | 2013-2014 | Staff


Samir Færevik Aarab was born in Norway and spent his childhood in Morocco and Spain before attending the University of St Andrews in Scotland. While pursuing his Masters degree in St Andrews, he met his fiancée, who convinced him to come to Montana. Sam likes playing soccer, reluctantly goes to the gym, and enjoys reading Patrick O'Brian novels.


Caitie Boland is a Montana native. She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Government and went on to get her masters in International Political Theory at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She met her fiancé in her masters program and was able to convince him that Montana should be his home as well. Three years later, Caitie & Sam are happy to be in law school together. Outside of law school, Caitie enjoys literature, swimming in Flathead Lake, riding her horses, and packing into the Bob Marshall Wilderness with her sisters.


Thomas Bourguignon is from Toledo, Ohio. He has lived at various times in Michigan, New York, England, Scotland, France, Egypt, Thailand, and Singapore. In another lifetime, Thomas lived in Central Park while he worked for an investment bank. Thomas writes poetry. He studied medieval literature at New York University and has taught poetry at NYU and at the University of Montana. Since 2007, Thomas has worked as a paralegal at a law firm that does conservation and real estate law. Thomas spends his free time with his wife, Gail, and their sons, Felix and Woodrow.


Andrea Collins was born and raised in Missoula, Montana. She earned a B.A. degree in political science with a minor in studio art from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Unable to turn down a Montana summer, she returned to Missoula after graduation. She enjoys world travel, yoga, eating delicious food, painting, and spending time with family, friends, and her vizsla puppy, Arrow, who is definitively the greatest dog to ever live. She also loves being active in the Montana outdoors, and recently became an up and coming star on the renowned Missoula recreational soccer circuit.


Mike Dougherty was born in Great Falls, Montana. After being raised in Missoula, Mike attended the University of Montana where he received a B.A. in History. Before law school, Mike held a number of different job titles, including: custodian; wildland firefighter; bouncer; teacher; welding supplies delivery driver; special needs attendant; and gas station cashier. His hobbies include sleeping late on Saturdays and muttering to himself while reading the newspaper. Mike also enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Jillie, and his dog, Daisy.


Ryan Lorenz grew up in Helena, MT and traveled all the way to Carroll College for his undergraduate degree. There, he majored in political science and enjoyed such nerdy things as the debate and moot court teams. Often seen wearing his Chacos, he enjoys spending time in Montana's great outdoors.


Calli Oiestad grew up on sheep and cattle ranches in south-central Montana. She attended Principia College in Illinois, which allowed her to compete in soccer and track, conduct independent research in Mongolia and Montana, and graduate with a B.S. in Range Science and a minor in Political Science. Before enrolling in law school, Calli worked as a contract fencer, ranch hand, and resource specialist for a range consulting company.


Colin Phelps is a 5th generation Montanan. He was born in Helena, and spent the first five years of his life living in the West African nations of Cameroon and Mali before moving back to Montana. He graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in political science. He then spent a year-and-a-half working for a dryland, organic farmer in Washington, D.C. It was during his time in D.C., writing thousands of correspondence to the folks back home, that he refined the art of writing about important issues without actually addressing important issues. He traded in his suits and ties for work boots and a pick, and spent the last 5 years landscaping the decomposing granite that is the Helena valley. Not wanting to waste his substantial investment in suits and ties, he decided to pursue a career in law.


Erik Rathie was born in Billings, Montana. He joined the U.S. Army at 17 and served eleven years, most recently, with the 1st Armored and 1st Cavalry Divisions. After his honorable discharge he worked in the underground mining and water purification fields. He graduated from Montana State University Billings in 2011 with a degree in political science. When not wrestling with grammar demons in the windowless bowels of the law school, he enjoys fly fishing and desires to pursue a rewarding career that actually pays money.


John Wolff grew up in rural eastern Washington. At an early age, he began following the exploits of Kurt Angle and ever since has lived his life by the three Is: Intensity, Integrity, and Intelligence. Oh it’s true, it’s damn true.

Volume 74 | 2013 | Faculty Advisors


Anthony Johnstone is an Assistant Professor at the University of Montana School of Law. He teaches and writes on Federal and State Constitutional Law, Election Law, Public Regulation of Business, and related subjects. Before joining the School of Law, Professor Johnstone served as the Solicitor for the State of Montana. Professor Johnstone also clerked for the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practiced litigation as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, New York. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School.


Andrew King-Ries teaches Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Justice, Law & Literature, and White Collar Crime. He has taught clinical and constitutional law. He was a speechwriter for the Secretary of Education, Lauro Cavazos; a clerk for the United States Court of Appeals of the Eighth Circuit; and, for eight years, was a prosecutor, specializing in domestic violence cases, for the King County Prosecutor's Office in Seattle, Washington. Professor King-Ries is married, has a 10 year-old son, and a 2 year-old dog. Professor King-Ries graduated from Brown University in 1988 with a degree in History. He received his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was Order of the Coif and an editor on the Washington University Law Quarterly.

2011-2013 | Advisory Board


Max Davis (1976 MLR Alum) is the senior member of Davis, Hatley, Haffeman, & Tighe, PC. Mr. Davis focuses his practice on a wide spectrum of civil litigation, primarily for defendants, including professional and products liability defense, employment claims, environmental and toxic torts, commercial and business disputes, as well as the defense of insureds, self-insureds and insurers. Mr. Davis serves as the State of Montana's primary outside counsel in the defense of tort claims filed in central Montana. Mr. Davis also devotes significant time to an active transactional and business consulting practice. He serves as counsel to the Diocese of Great Falls, the Montana Electric Cooperatives Association and numerous electric cooperatives throughout the state.


Matt Hayhurst (1998 MLR Alum) is a shareholder in the law firm of Boone Karlberg, P.C., where he focuses his practice in personal injury and commercial litigation, insurance, and product liability. Mr. Hayhurst received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Montana. After law school, he clerked for Judge James Browning of the Ninth Circuit and then joined the Seattle law firm of Perkins Coie. He eventually returned to his native Montana to join Boone Karlberg. Mr. Hayhurst holds an AV rating and has been honored by Best Lawyers, Mountain States Super Lawyers, the Benchmark Litigation Guide, and Chambers and Partners. He was a co-Editor-in-Chief of the Montana Law Review.


Mike Lamb (1980 MLR Alum) is the senior partner at Lamb & Carey Law and has been practicing in Montana for over thirty years. He is a native Montanan, born in Big Timber and raised in Red Lodge and Columbus. He worked on ranches and oil rigs until law school in 1977. He earned his undergraduate degree from Montana State University and his law degree from the University of Montana, School of Law in 1980. After law school, he worked for a year as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judges William J. Jameson and James F. Battin. In 1981 he joined Church, Harris, Johnson & Williams in Great Falls, Montana where he specialized in personal injury and energy/oil and gas litigation. Mike moved to Helena in 1993 to form the firm of Thueson & Lamb Law – a practice focused on personal injury law and the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). In 2004 Mike and Jamie Carey formed Lamb and Carey Law in Helena, which continues the specialty practice of personal injury with an emphasis on FELA, medical malpractice, products liability, nursing home negligence, auto accidents (car, truck, motorcycle, boats), wrongful death, head injuries, and insurance bad faith matters.

Dennis Lopach (1976 MLR Alum) grew up in Great Falls, Montana. He has twice served as Chief Counsel of the Montana Public Service Commission. Dennis was a member of Montana’s oldest law firm, Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman. A graduate of the University of Montana Law School, Dennis’ career has included positions in Denver and Atlanta. He represented Northwestern Energy in obtaining approval of the Judith Gap wind project. He is currently practicing law in Helena.

Sherry Matteucci (1979 MLR Alum)


Jim Nelson served as a Justice on the Montana Supreme Court from May 1993 to January 2013. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in business from the University of Idaho in 1966 and his law degree, cum laude, from George Washington University in 1974. Jim engaged in the general practice of law in Cut Bank for nearly 20 years representing individuals, small businesses, ranchers, and farmers in domestic relations, real estate, litigation, contract, wills, probate, estate, and oil and gas matters. He served as the Glacier County Attorney for 14 of those years. Jim taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Montana School of Law in 2000 and in 2013. Jim is a veteran, having served as an officer in the United States Army. He and his wife, Chari, have been married for over 40 years and have two grown children and four grandchildren.


Randy Tanner (2010 MLR Alum) Randy grew up in rural southern Illinois, where working and playing outdoors were central to his life. He earned a degree in mathematics from Southern Illinois University and then moved to Missoula in 2002 to study forestry and natural resource conservation. His research took him to southern Africa, where he spent the better part of five years learning how indigenous communities manage their natural resources under various international law regimes. After earning a master's degree in resource conservation and a Ph.D. in forestry, Randy went to law school. He clerked for the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and now clerks for the Honorable Donald W. Molloy, U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Randy met his wife, Jamie, a DNA analyst at the Montana State Crime Lab, while at the University of Montana. They have a daughter, Ada, and live in Missoula.


Jeannie Young (1980 MLR Alum) grew up near Troy, Montana, and attended the UM School of Journalism. She was graduated from UM Law School in 1980 with high honors and clerked for U.S. District Judge Russell E. Smith before joining the Great Falls law firm Church, Harris, Johnson, & Williams, PC, where she practiced in litigation. Jeannie now does part-time research and writing for Church Harris in an of-counsel status. She lives in Missoula.