2018-2019 JFM members swearing in with Chief Justice Mike McGrath.

Members of the AmeriCorps State Justice for Montanans Project serve with MLSA and other organizations to provide direct services to people seeking assistance with civil legal issues.

Justice for Montanans members empower low- to moderate-income Montanans to advocate for their legal rights and increase access to justice. MLSA partners 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, the State Bar of Montana, and the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana to place 20 members directly in local Montana communities to help provide and expand intake, legal information, and referral services for Montana's low-income residents seeking civil legal assistance.

For more information

Please contact Justice For Montana:

[email protected]

406-442-9830 x 143

Project Partners

Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA). MLSA is a federally and privately funded nonprofit organization that provides legal services to low-income people throughout Montana. For more information about MLSA, visit www.mtlsa.org.

Montana Supreme Court - Court Help Program (Self-Help Law Centers). The Montana Supreme Court Office of the Court Administrator assists self-represented litigants and other people in finding legal information, forms and other resources. For more information about the Self-Help Law Centers, visit https://courts.mt.gov/selfhelp.

Montana Office of Consumer Protection & Victim Services (OCPVS).  The Montana Attorney General OCPVS helps educate Montana consumers and businesses to prevent fraud, and offers information and referrals to victims of crime. For more information about the OCPVS, visit https://dojmt.gov/consumer/ and https://doj.mt.gov/victims/.

Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana. As the only law school in Montana, the Alexander Blewett III School of Law serves as the academic legal center for the state that is rooted in practical experience and connected to the needs of the community. The University of Montana Student Bar Association is dedicated to improving the quality of legal education at the University of Montana, providing students with an effective representative voice in the affairs of the School of Law and the University, and making legal education and the legal profession more responsive to the needs of society.

The Office of Child and Family Ombudsman (OCFO).  The mission of OCFO is to work to prevent child abuse and neglect and increase safety, well-being and permanency for Montana's children through fair and just advocacy, education, outreach and investigation. For more information about the Children’s Justice Bureau and OCFO, visit https://dojmt.gov/enforcement/childrensjustice/

Montana Aging Services Bureau Legal Services Developer Program (LSDP). The Montana Legal Services Developer in the Office on Aging, provides elder law training and resources for seniors, family members and social outreach workers. The program also develops pro bono and local legal services referrals, training materials and telephone assistance to seniors on related matters. For more information about the Legal Services Developer Program, visit https://dphhs.mt.gov/sltc/aging/legalservicesdeveloper

    

Current AmeriCorps State Justice for Montanans Members

Helena

  • Graham Bacon, Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services
  • Brooke, Legal Services Developer Program
  • Kearan Burke, Montana Legal Services Association
  • Nasrin Chaudhry, Montana Legal Services Association
  • Haley Fallang, Montana Legal Services Association
  • Jane Fisher, Montana Legal Services Association
  • Scott Kessler, Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services
  • Naomi Lopez, Montana Legal Services Association
  • Anisa Ricci, Self-Help Law Center
  • Elizabeth Selby, Office of the Child and Family Ombudsman
  • Haransh Singh, Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services

Billings

  • Robyn Githui, Montana Legal Services Association
  • Arianna Nord, Self-Help Law Center

Bozeman

  • Breanna Martin, Self-Help Law Center

Great Falls

  • Colyn Kilmer, Self-Help Law Center

Missoula

  • Vincent Benlloch, Self-Help Law Center
  • Karlene Kuhn, Alexander Blewett III School of Law
  • Gina Zobenica, Montana Legal Services Association

Kalispell

  • Michael Turpie, Self-Help Law Center