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77 Mont. L. Rev. 1 (2016)

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                           Paul F. Kirgis*

     It is my great pleasure to introduce Volume 77, Issue 1 of the Montana
Law Review, the first issue of the Law Review published in my tenure as
     When I accepted the position of Dean of the Alexander Blewett III
School of Law in the Fall of 2014, I did so in large measure because I
valued the special place the School of Law holds in the Montana legal sys-
tem. As the only law school in Montana, this institution is the custodian of
the legal education for the entire state. One of the central planks in its mis-
sion is to serve as the academic legal center for Montana. Further, the
School of Law has always prided itself on its commitment to serve the
practical needs of the legal profession, from training new lawyers in both
the theory and practice of the law, to providing resources and continuing
education to bench and bar. While many law schools struggle to define their
roles in these times of declining enrollments and disenchantment with the
legal academy, this law school remains firmly grounded, with a clear pur-
pose to guide its efforts.
     The Montana Law Review plays a central role in fulfilling that pur-
pose. For seventy-five years, the Law Review has been the conduit for the
transmission of both scholarly and practical learning from the academy to
the public. At a time when legal scholarship has come under withering criti-
cism-by Chief Justice John Roberts among many others-for being out of
touch with the legal system in the real world, the Montana Law Review has
retained its long commitment to publishing high-quality scholarship with

    * Professor Paul F. Kirgis is Dean of the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University
of Montana.

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