Montana has been Beth’s home for more than 30 years. She came here to finish college, and never really left. She chose Montana – although most days it feels like Montana chose her.
Beth obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Montana in 1980, and then returned to UM to pursue a master’s degree in journalism in 1991. Her philosophy classes gave her the freedom to think; her journalism classes reined that thinking in, giving it structure and rules and an audience. She is forever grateful to her journalism professors for teaching her to recognize the power of words used precisely and concisely, and to realize that every good writer needs a ruthless editor.
Although Beth spent a few years freelance writing, she eventually realized her parents, both of whom were lawyers, were right — her destiny lay in the law. Beth attended the University of Montana School of Law, where she was an editor of the Public Land Law Review. She graduated in 1995 with high honors.
After working for eight years as a personal injury, environmental, and constitutional lawyer in Missoula, Montana, Beth served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Donald W. Molloy of the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. After a few years working on her own, Beth joined the faculty at the University of Montana School of Law in 2006 where, over the next five years, she taught a wide range of law school courses, including Torts, Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Remedies, and co-taught a unique course in which law students and journalism students blogged the W.R. Grace criminal trial in federal court. She also had the primary responsibility for organizing and directing the Law School’s nationally recognized program for incoming first-year law students and mentored many law students.
She returned to private practice in 2011, and now consults and assists lawyers with civil litigation and mediation at the trial and appellate court levels, and practices family law and environmental law.
In her spare time, Beth can usually be found either playing tennis or guitar, and spending time with her family and dogs.