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2013-2013 Editorial Board

Clare Hansen, Editor-in-Chief
Clare hails from rural northeastern Minnesota, on the edge of both the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior. She developed a Lorax-like love of the land through her incredible community and her family’s canoe outfitting business. In 2006, she relocated to Missoula, MT to pursue a life in the mountains and a BA in Anthropology and Spanish. Clare is thrilled to continue that education at UMSL and is honored to serve on the PLRLR.

Ali Guio, Managing Editor
Ali Guio comes from a long line of cattle ranchers from Big Piney, Wyoming. She obtained a bachelors degree in Political Science from Stanford University and then, like many aspiring lawyers, moved to Washington, D.C. After a year there, she was ready to return to mother nature, so she packed her bags for Jackson, Wyoming. When she’s not studying, Ali is a hiking and camping enthusiast who loves national parks, s’mores, and all things West-y.

Bill Fanning, Publication Editor
While ostensibly pursuing degrees – BA in English from University of New Hampshire, MLA from St. John’s College in Santa Fe – Bill was really immersing himself in the local mountains, forests, and rivers. He and his wife Kristin moved to Montana in 1999 where he has worked as a journalist, carpenter, firefighter, and teacher. They have three boys who dig public lands and resources that include powder, trout, and single tracks.

John Newman, Conference Editor
John grew up in New Jersey and has been in Montana since 2006. He received a B.A. in Chemistry from Middlebury College in 2002 and an M.S. in Geography from the University of Montana in 2009. He has worked as a geographic information systems analyst for a New York City utility, a risk management consultant for a property insurer, and, most recently, as a land use planner for the city of Missoula, MT. He began law school in 2011. John and his wife Jaymi enjoy skiing, rafting, and camping with their two little ones, Augie and Maeve.

Jack Connors, Business Editor
Jack grew up in Boise, Idaho and moved to Montana in 2000. He received a B.S. in Mathematics from Montana State University. After College, he worked as a carpenter building custom homes in Big Sky and enjoyed the outdoors. When he is not at the law school, Jack and his wife Rebecca enjoy skiing, biking, and riding their horses.

Justin Harkins, Editor at Large
Justin grew up in Woodstock, Georgia. He received a BA in religion from Emory and an master’s degree in theology and ethics from Vanderbilt. Back home, he spent his summers guiding on Tennessee’s Ocoee River and used all the free time he could find to explore the South’s excellent rock climbing. He moved to Bozeman in the fall of 2009 to spend the winter ice climbing in Hyalite Canyon and has barely left Montana since. He’s jointly enrolled in the law school and the environmental studies program. He lives in Missoula with his wife, Michelle, and Otter, their red heeler.



2013-2014 Staff Members

Maxwell Kirchhoff
Max is a third generation Montanan, born and raised in Bozeman. He earned his bachelors degree in Political Science from DePaul University, and later, he trekked to Kalamazoo, Michigan for a masters. He likes hiking, cross-country skiing, soccer, hunting, hockey, and strangely, convenience stores. Go Bobcats!

Ross Keogh
Ross is second year law student who enjoys rafting, fishing, skiing, gardening, and the occasional home renovation project. Before returning to the west to develop renewable energy projects, he earned his BA from Vassar College

Carolyn Sime
Carolyn grew up trailing all over the country with her Dad’s military career, but rekindled old Montana family ties when she moved to Bozeman in 1983. She earned her B.S. degree in Biology and her M.S. degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University in 1988 and 1991, respectively. She worked seasonally for all the federal natural resource agencies at one time or another. Then she settled in with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for 20 years as a wildlife biologist beginning in 1991. From 2000-2010, she led the development and early implementation of Montana’s gray wolf program leading up to and after delisting from the Endangered Species Act. She is an avid, all-season outdoor enthusiast and enjoys seeing wild things and being in wild places. She is from Helena.

Katelyn Hepburn
Katelyn grew up near Portland, Or. and spent her childhood riding horses and working at a three-day eventing farm. She received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Southern Oregon University while spending her summers working as a river guide in Montana, Idaho, and Oregon. Katelyn, her husband Jim, and their dog Sawyer enjoy boating, snowboarding, hiking, and everything outdoors that Montana has to offer.

Jill Hughes
Jill Hughes is a proud mom of two who is enjoying the challenge of completing law school without the benefit of sleep! Her past lives include small business owner in the wellness industry for ten years, raising grants in Louisiana for Habitat for Humanity, building community gardens in New Orleans, traveling with performing gypsies in South America, undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago, and doing yoga in the 120 degree temperatures of Delhi, India. Jill has a passion for natural resource law, as well as an interest in finding solutions to our resource problems through legal transactions.

David Bell
Dave grew up the in West and loves its history, mountains, landscape, and people.  He graduated from the University of Utah, just blocks from the hospital where he was born.  After college he worked in land and wildlife protection.  Prior to law school he was a builder of many things including cabinetry, furniture, houses, and sailboats.  Dave and his wife Sarah are avid backcountry skiers, they spend most of their spare time enjoying the mountains and rivers of Montana with their son Charlie.

Graham Coppes
At a very early age Graham fell in love with wild mountains and free flowing rivers.  The pursuit of the inherent virtues that these resources provide has led him to the most remote corners of the world and the depths of law school classrooms.  After receiving an undergraduate degree in photo-journalism from the University of Montana, Graham pursued his passion for exploration, guiding wilderness fly fishing in the Bob Marshall and and traveling through rural communities in over twenty countries across the asian continent and indo-pacific islands.  These experiences drew him to pursue the legal field as a vehicle to help influence the future of the natural resources that have had such a profound impact on his life.  After first, earning a Masters in Natural Resource Law from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Graham is honored to be working on his J.D. at UMSL and to one day work in the state of Montana

Kevin Emmerich