MISSOULA – University of Montana School of Law student Brooke Perkins of Hamilton has won the 2014 Fran Elge Award. The award is given annually to a third-year law student who has displayed commitment and enthusiasm about working for the rights of women and the equality of humanity.
The award was announced during the Women’s Section of the Montana State Bar dinner on April 25. Perkins will graduate from the School of Law in May and has accepted a position as an associate attorney with the law firm of Gianarelli & Reno PLLC in Conrad.
Elge devoted countless hours to opening doors for women in the legal profession and advocating for women’s causes during her 50 years as a member of the Montana State Bar. After graduating from the UM School of Law in 1930, she briefly had a private practice before being elected as one of the first female county attorneys in Montana.
Elge worked with Jeannette Rankin in the U.S. Congress and campaigned tirelessly for women’s issues, such as seeing that women were included in the jury pool after 1939 and advocating for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in the early 1970s.
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