2015-2016 Editorial Board
Hannah Cail, Conference Editor
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.
Wesley Furlong, Managing Editor
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 Riddell, Business Editor
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.
Lindsay Thane, Publications Editor
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 West, Business Editor
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, hiking, camping, and indulging in Montana’s beauty with her fiancé, Michael.
Nick VandenBos, Editor in Chief
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.
2015-2016 Staff Members
Hallie grew up in Billings, MT and is proud to say she has lived in Montana her entire life. In need of new adventure, she decided to venture to the western part of the state where she received a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Montana. She often travels to the Pacific NW with her family to swim in the ocean and to watch the Mariners play. Hallie enjoys all outdoor activities, but especially skiing, softball, boating, hunting, and most recently kayaking.
Maresa grew up Whitefish, Montana, spending her spare time on the slopes of Big Mountain. She then moved to the PNW, earning BA degrees in Economics and Science, Technology, and Society from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. After an extended detour as a restaurant manager in Alta, Utah, Maresa is enjoying being back in Montana for law school.
Kathryn discovered her passion for natural and cultural resource issues while studying anthropology and art at the University of Montana. She then spent a couple of years in Eugene, Oregon where she earned her M.S. in historic preservation. After a few years working at the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Kathryn returned to her hometown to study law. She looks forward to combining a greater understanding of law with her background in historic preservation.
Ariel grew up on a small horse ranch north of Big Timber, Montana near the Crazy Mountains. She graduated from Reed Point High School and then Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology. Ariel worked as communications director and lobbyist for the Montana Stockgrowers Association in Helena for five years before law school. Ariel and her husband, Zac Adkins, make their home in Helena where they have a small acreage to raise alfalfa and grass for their horses.
Kevin grew up near Seattle, WA spending most of his time outdoors in the Cascade Mountains. He lived in Colorado for six years, earning his BA from The University of Colorado. Upon graduation, Kevin worked as an Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Consultant in the Denver Metro area. He loves living in Montana, and enjoys hiking, skiing, fishing and running (sort of).
Hannah is a native Montanan who received her B.A. in political science from the University of Montana in 2012. Since age 19, Hannah has enjoyed traveling the Pacific Northwest to compete in triathlons with her mom. Hannah also enjoys baking, reading, and strenuous hiking. Hannah hopes to find a career in the law in Montana that allows her to balance intellectual and physical challenges.
Taylor Rose Thompson
Taylor hails from Alaska, and will happily tell you how lucky she is to live there outside of law school. Aside from the home-state pride, she has had a chance to live Spokane, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science from Gonzaga University. (Go Zags!) She also worked in Washington, D.C. for two years and vows to never go East again. Taylor is a bit of a food policy wonk and one day, she hopes to build greenhouses in the Arctic. Outside of school Taylor likes to paint, garden, row and watch hockey.
Erick grew up in a small town near Durango, Colorado. He graduated from Fort Lewis College with degrees in Spanish and Political Science. Erick has lived in four different states and two countries in the last six years, and is excited to take a break from moving while he is in law school. When he is not doing schoolwork he can be found fishing, hiking, camping, or brewing his next batch of beer with his wife, Casey, and his two dogs.
Lindsay grew up in the heart of the beautiful Bitterroot Valley in Corvallis, Montana. She attended Carroll College, graduating with a B.A. in history. After a few years of seasonal work, she finally decided to put her degree to work and go to law school. She enjoys frolicking with her border collie, practicing yoga, and aspires to someday run an ultra marathon.
Keatan Williams grew up in Fort Wayne, IN. He graduated from Indiana University in 2011 with a B.S. in Environmental Management before immediately moving to points further west. After a few years of travels, Keatan settled down in Montana for law school. He is interested in working in natural resource and water law. When not studying, he enjoys climbing and skiing.
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.