Who We Are
The Montana Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) is a member organization for Montana attorneys who represent litigants to secure a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.
MTLA sponsors Montana's premier continuing legal education (CLE) seminars.
MTLA actively informs, educates and lobbies elected officials to preserve the civil jury trial system and on other issues of concern to its members and their clients.
MTLA provides support and services to enable its members to excel in their profession and in their service to their clients.
To uphold and defend the constitutions of Montana and the United States;
To advance the science of jurisprudence;
To train in advocacy;
To promote the administration of justice for the public good;
To uphold the honor and dignity of the profession of the law;
To advance the cause of those who are damaged in person or property and who must seek redress;
To encourage cooperation among the members of the bar; and
To uphold and improve the adversary system and trial by jury.
Election of MTLA Board of Directors
As required by MTLA bylaws, each spring the Board of Directors nominates MTLA members to fill the expiring terms on the Board. MTLA members interested in serving on the Board are encouraged to contact current Board members or the MTLA office about their interest.
The MTLA bylaws also provide for soliciting additional nominating petitions from any member interested in serving on the MTLA Board of Directors. In order to file a nominating petition, a nominee is required to obtain the signatures of fifteen (15) or more MTLA members who support the nomination.
MTLA members are informed in early June of the Board's nominees, of the opportunity to submit a nominating petition, and of applicable deadlines.
In the event members are nominated by petition, ballots are then prepared containing the names of all nominees who are members in good standing. Such ballots are sent to the membership in mid July, to be returned prior to the annual meeting. Announcement of those elected to the MTLA Board of Directors is made at the annual meeting. Pursuant to the MTLA bylaws, ballots will not be prepared or sent if the total number of board and petition nominees is equal to the number of vacant positions.