Category Archives: Montana

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Great Summer Reads 2016

In 1879, the Bucks County Gazette (Bristol, Pennsylvania) published this advice about reading good novels (thank you to Bari Burke for unearthing this gem): Dr. James Freeman Clarke commends highly the reading of good novels, and lays down a few … Continue reading

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Montana’s Haunted Legal Places

The logic of the law doesn’t make it immune to strange goings on and perhaps even hauntings. The stories of Montana’s reportedly haunted places are interesting. Here are a few with legal ties. The Meade Hotel in Bannack was built … Continue reading

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October 1

As of October 1, “[t]he soil series known as Scobey, of the taxonomic class fine, smectitic, frigid Aridic Argiustolls, is the official Montana state soil.” Also as of yesterday, Montana’s new hard-won bullying statute finally took effect. However, if you … Continue reading

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There’s a New Blog in Town

In the 1930s S.R. Ranganathan formulated his five laws of library science: Books are for use. Every reader his / her book. Every book its reader. Save the time of the reader. The library is a growing organism. In 2004 … Continue reading

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We the People of Montana

This is my favorite quote from the 1889 Montana Constitutional Convention transcripts: I must say that the ladies are very fond of this smoky city, as [Butte] is sometimes called, because there is just enough arsenic there to give them … Continue reading

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Legislative Intent – part 1 1999-2015

What does “legislative intent” mean? Generally it refers to what the legislature meant or  intended when they passed a law and specifically it refers to what the committee members of the House or Senate said when they discussed a bill … Continue reading

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New Kid in Town

Montana attorneys have a new option for conducting electronic legal research, and this one is free, making it a game-changer for many attorneys who have had limited access to electronic legal research until now. The State Bar of Montana recently … Continue reading

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