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AmeriCorps State Justice for Montanans Project

Members of the AmeriCorps State Justice for Montanans project help empower low to moderate income Montanans to advocate for their legal rights, and increase access to justice. 

Established by the Montana Legal Services Association, in partnership with the Self-Help Program of the Montana Supreme Court Office of the Court Administrator, DCI's Office of Child and Family Ombudsman, DOJ's Montana Office of Consumer Protection & Victim Services, Legal Services Developer Aging Services and Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana. The project places 20 members throughout Montana to help provide and expand intake, legal information and referral services for Montana's low-income residents seeking legal assistance. 

For more information contact: or (406) 442-9830 x143

JFM members 2015-16

Current AmeriCorps State Justice for Montanans Members

Back Row:

  • Justin House, MLSA (Helena)
  • Logan Deeney, MLSA (Billings)
  • Chris Stephens, MLSA (Helena)
  • Greg Hewitt, Self Help Law Center (Missoula)
  • Monte Cole, MLSA (Helena)

Middle Row:

  • Brooke, State Bar of Montana (Helena)
  • Crystalyn Black, Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services (Helena)
  • Catie Opar, Self Help Law Center (Bozeman)
  • Sam Robbins, MLSA (Helena)
  • Jane Fisher, Alexander Blewett III School of Law (Missoula)
  • Maggie Sowisdral, Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services (Helena)
  • Gabrielle Crofford, Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services (Helena)
  • Marissa Rivera, Disability Rights MT (Helena)
  • Melissa Smylie, Self Help Law Center (Great Falls)

Front Row:

  • Sarah Dumlao, Self Help Law Center (Billings)
  • Joy Barber, Self Help Law Center (Billings)
  • Gina Zobenica, MLSA (Missoula)
  • Haley Tanner, MLSA (Helena)
  • Nancy Lillrose, Self Help Law Center (Kalispell)


AmeriCorps VISTA Project

Montana Legal Services Association no longer hosts the AmeriCorps*VISTA project. The project existed for many years and helped build permanent infrastructure and capacity in non-profit organizations and communities.  In cooperation with the Corporation for National and Community Service, MLSA developed VISTA projects as a way to expand MLSA's capacity to provide services to poverty-stricken Montanans. 

MLSA VISTA members served in various locations throughout Montana and concentrated within one of three specific service areas: asset development, domestic violence or poverty law. To learn more about current VISTA opportunities in Montana, please visit the website of the Governor's Offfice of Community Service.