MISSOULA – Calli Oiestad of Melville recently received the Margery Hunter Brown Law Assistantship from the University of Montana School of Law.
Law students apply for the assistantship by submitting proposals for projects they anticipate completing by the next spring in one of the following areas: public land and natural resources, human rights or Indian law. One student each year is selected for the award.
The assistantship generally culminates in a presentation, publication or event by the recipient. Oiestad’s project will explore the challenges inherent in the implementation of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 and recommend possible reforms.
The assistantship was established in 1993 to honor Margery Hunter Brown when she retired from the School of Law. Hunter Brown was a legal educator and scholar who served for decades on the Montana Human Rights Commission and the Fort Peck-Montana Compact Board, and during the constitutional revision process.
She founded the Indian Law Clinic at the UM School of Law, the first of its kind in the U.S. She served for many years as the guiding force behind the Montana Public Land Law Review. Even after her passing in 1998, Hunter Brown continues to be a role model for generations of law students, scholars and citizens.