UM Law School Offers Free Continuing Legal Education Session Sept. 26

September 23, 2015

MISSOULA – The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana will offer a free continuing legal education session from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in the School of Law Castles Center.

The session will feature three guest speakers – John Morgan, Robert Phillips and Dan Lear – who will discuss the future of law practice.

Morgan is the founder of Morgan & Morgan, a law firm that employs more than 260 attorneys and more than 1,500 support staff in multiple states. He has lectured across the country on building a successful law practice, which is also the topic of his first book “You Can’t Teach Hungry … Creating the Multimillion Dollar Law Firm.” The book offers insight into Morgan’s success, philosophy and business methods, and provides the groundwork for a sustainable and enduring practice.

In addition to the CLE session, Morgan will deliver a lecture to law students at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in the School of Law Castles Center.

Phillips is an attorney and partner at Phillips Haffey PC in Missoula. He also teaches Law Practice Management at UM’s Blewett School of Law. Philips began his practice in 1978, focusing on insurance law including defense, coverage and bad faith. He has tried numerous jury and nonjury cases in areas including automobile, products liability, premises liability, lien foreclosure, construction and insurance bad faith.

Lear, director of industry relations at AVVO, is a technology lawyer, facilitator and blogger. In his six years as a practicing attorney and more than ten years in the legal industry, he has worked for two lean “new-law” firms, designed and implemented an online program for procurement contract processing, and was a part of early international legal outsourcing efforts with a Fortune 500 company.

The CLE session is free and open to the public. For more information call Mike White, law school media information specialist, at 406-243-6509 or email

Contact: Mike White, media information specialist, Alexander Blewett III School of Law at UM, 406-243-6509,