Public Invited to Montana Innocence Project Annual Open House at UM

October 07, 2014

MISSOULA – The Montana Innocence Project, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to exonerating the innocent and preventing wrongful convictions, will host its annual open house from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, at the University of Montana School of Law Castles Law Center. The event is free and open to the public.

At 6 p.m. MTIP will present awards to a law firm and two community members for their work with MTIP. MTIP will give Axilon Law Group, with locations in Missoula, Bozeman, Big Sky and Billings, its Outstanding Law Firm award. Missoula lawyer Brett Schandelson of Tipp & Buley law firm will be presented MTIP’s Champion of Innocence award. Finally, MTIP will award Tobias Cook its Freedom Fighter award. Cook first started assisting MTIP as a volunteer his first year of law school and has been dedicating his time ever since. 

MTIP invites the public to enjoy free snacks from the Good Food Store and refreshments while they listen to the impact of MTIP and meet the award winners.

For more information call MTIP Communications Associate Sarah Ferguson at 406-260-1305 or email


Contact: Sarah Ferguson, communications associate, Montana Innocence Project, 406-260-1305,