The Montana Law Review is one of the most important resources of legal scholarship in the State of Montana, and it is the most important scholarly journal chronicling and evaluating developments in Montana law. Its focus, however, is by no means provincial as the Review publishes scholarly articles on timely topics of regional and national import. The purpose of the Montana Law Review is to inform and influence in order to improve the creation, administration, and practice of law in this state, the region, and the nation.
Montana Law Review membership is composed of second and third year students. The Editorial Board, made up of third year students who have served as Staff members during their second year, is primarily responsible for editing, organizing, and publishing the Review. Each Staff member is responsible for contributing a written submission to be considered for publication, editing submitted material, assisting with publication, selling Montana Law Review gear, and helping with Law Review events. The written submission may be a comment, survey, or case note. Staff members receive a letter grade for one academic credit per semester based on the quality of editing and written submissions. Editors receive a letter grade for two academic credits per semester based on the quality of work performed as an editor.
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The students of The University of Montana School of Law established the Montana Law Review in 1940. The founders of the Review were committed to the concept of a law journal that would chronicle and critique the development of Montana law as well as advocate changes. In addition, they intended the Review to disseminate scholarship of interest not only to Montana attorneys and judges but also to the nation’s legal community.
The Honorable James R. Browning
The Montana Law Review hosts a biennial Browning Symposium and an annual Browning Distinguished Lecture in Law. These events are named in honor of the late Judge James R. Browning, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Judge Browning, who grew up in Belt, Montana, graduated from The University of Montana School of Law in 1941. He was a member of the first editorial board of the Montana Law Review and ultimately served as Editor-in-Chief. Judge Browning passed away May 5, 2012.
In September of 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Judge Browning to the Ninth Circuit, where the Judge served until his retirement. Prior to joining the Court, Judge Browning served as Clerk of the United States Supreme Court.
Judge Browning served with distinction as Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit from 1976 to 1988. As Chief Judge, Judge Browning was credited with reorganizing and modernizing the administration of the Ninth Circuit. Thanks to his political savvy and remarkable leadership skills, Judge Browning was successful in keeping the Ninth Circuit intact despite persistent efforts to divide the Circuit.
In 1991, Judge Browning received the American Judicature Society’s coveted Edward J. Devitt Award for Distinguished Service to Justice. In September of 2001, the State Bar of Montana bestowed on Judge Browning the Bar’s highest honor, the William J. Jameson Award. In 2005, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals building in San Francisco was renamed the James R. Browning United States Courthouse.
Judge Browning was married to Marie Rose Chapell, also a University of Montana graduate. Together, they have been a powerful force in ensuring that the modern Ninth Circuit is marked by inclusiveness and collegiality.
In honor of Judge Browning, the Montana Law Review dedicated its Winter 2012 issue in his honor. For the issue, several of Judge Browning’s former clerks wrote short stories reflecting on their time with him.