Not your father’s inaugural address: breaking down President Trump’s speech.

I am, admittedly, a "speech geek." Whether on my high school's team (which now likely holds the longest winning streak for high school state championships in the nation (33 in a row) - go Loyola!) or in moot court during law school (both as a participant and later a coach), I have long been interested in …

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When the nearest thing to a defense is not a defense … More on Rule 8.4(g).

David Crisp over at the Montana news site, Last Best News, (which, in my view, is a great addition to Montana journalism) has an excellent summary of the debate on proposed Rule 8.4(g) this morning. Crisp quotes this blog and yours truly suggesting that "The nearest thing to a defense of the Montana rule ..." comes from …

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Texas AG pans Rule 8.4(g); ABA responds.

The news out of Texas this week was not good for proponents of Rule 8.4(g), the newly adopted provision of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct addressing discrimination and harassment. The new rule is currently under consideration by the Montana Supreme Court and being reviewed by the State Bar of Montana's Ethics Committee. As …

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The Weekend: Robbins, Biden and Mansfield on leadership; and pork pie.

  It's a cold Saturday morning in Montana after a very late (actually 3:30 a.m.) flight arrival, but the fire is warm and the outside temp of -17 degrees has made for a clear and beautiful day. I've been toying around with the idea of routine weekend post - just a couple of thoughts and …

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That didn’t take long: religious organizations enter Rule 8.4(g) discussion; public comments pour in; comment period extended.

Since I last wrote about proposed Rule 8.4(g) to the Montana Rules of Professional Conduct way back on November 28, 2017, the landscape has changed significantly. At the time, I noted that there were only five comments filed with the Montana Supreme Court, all by members of the bar. I predicted that the rule change …

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