2013-2014 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.
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Maxwell Kirchhoff, Business Editor
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, Business Editor
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
Katelyn Hepburn, Publication Editor
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, Managing Editor
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, Publication Editor
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, Editor-in-Chief
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, Conference Editor
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Hannah grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, spending most of her time riding horses. She graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, with a BA in Anthropology before venturing to Montana in 2006. In 2011, she graduated from UM with a MA in Archaeology, and hopes to work on cultural and natural resource issues in her legal career. Hannah and her husband Jake, two dogs Ophelia and Marlo, an cat Charlie are all excited to be in Missoula ready for their next adventure.
Wes Furlong hails from the ever-rainy Mount Vernon, a small town north of Seattle in the Skagit Valley, best known for its tulips, great blue herons and bale eagles, and the occasional Tom Robbins sighting. He grew up cycling, hiking, and exploring the PNW and the North Cascades. He moved to Missoula in 2008 and received his BA in Middle East History and Central and Southwest Asian Studies in 2012. Despite his attorney-parents’ repeated warnings about the perils of going to law school, Wes ended up staying in Missoula to do just that. When he’s not buried in the library, or enjoying a delicious craft beer, Wes is a part-time carpenter building tree forts, is an avid mountain and road biker, and skier.
Tristan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He moved to Arcata, CA to live amongst the Redwoods while earning his B.A. in economics from Humboldt State University. This is where he developed a love for rural America. Shortly thereafter, he packed up everything he owned and moved to the Bitterroot Valley where he took employment with the Ravalli County Planning Department. Just prior to entering law school, Tristan spent a few solid years working for Cascade County. He enjoys shooting hoops, going on a hike here and there, and obsessively following Oakland A's baseball.
After a stint in Eugene, Oregon where Lindsay earned a B.A. in political science, she has enjoyed returning to her hometown of Missoula for law school. She developed a love for the land while hiking in Glacier National Park and an even greater appreciation for the cold mountain streams and lakes at the end of a long day of hiking. She currently enjoys running on the trails around Missoula, skiing, and waterskiing on Flathead Lake.
Lindsey grew up in Houston, Texas, a bustling city which gifted her with asthma and an appreciation for diversity. As soon as she could, she fled to other parts of the country, eventually returning to Austin to complete a B.A. in Journalism from Texas State University. She thankfully stumbled upon Montana while working in Yellowstone, and has since fallen deeply in love with the incredible landscape. When not at the law school, Lindsey loves yoga, running, hiking, and indulging in Montana’s beauty.
Nick VandenBos developed a taste for all things wild while exploring the hills around Bozeman, Montana, his hometown. He earned a degree in English from the University of Montana, and went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of Washington, where he later taught. When not in the law school, he can generally be found on the side of a mountain or the banks of a stream.
Professor Michelle Bryan
Professor Michelle Bryan teaches in the Natural Resources & Environmental Law Program and is Co-Director of the Land Use & Natural Resources Clinic, which works on behalf of Montana governments and is among only a few such clinics nationwide. She has been honored to receive the Garlington, Lohn & Robinson Faculty Teaching Award and the Margery Hunter Brown Faculty Merit Award for her professionalism in the classroom, her research, and her public service. Growing up in farming and ranching communities in the West, Professor Bryan was drawn to the fields of natural resources and environmental law. Before joining the law faculty, she worked in private practice representing a variety of clients including local governments, private landowners, non-profits, developers, and affected neighbors and community groups. She brings this diversity of perspective to her scholarship, her teaching, and her work with government clients. Her current research interests include the relationship between land and water use, planning in an age of climate change, the balancing of environmental and land use rights, and the role of public trust in water use. Outside of teaching, Professor Bryan has served as board member and past president of the Montana Justice Foundation. She enjoys hiking, fly fishing, and exploring the vast spaces Montana. Professor Bryan graduated from The University of Montana School of Law with high honors and served as an editor of the Montana Law Review. Prior to law school she was a policy specialist for the Water Resources Center in Bozeman, Montana.
Professor Martha Williams
Martha Williams teaches Introduction to Environmental Law, Wildlife Law and supervises the Public Land and Resources Law Review and is the Co-Director of the Land Use & Natural Resources Clinic. She joined the faculty at the law school after serving as the Deputy Solicitor Parks and Wildlife for the United States Department of the Interior where she oversaw legal issues and litigation for the National Park Service and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Professor Williams also served as Agency Legal Counsel for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, as well as policy analyst for the Environmental Quality Council, and clerk to the Honorable James Nelson of the Montana Supreme Court. Professor Williams received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her J.D. with honors from the University of Montana School of Law.