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Chief Justice McGrathChief Justice Mike McGrath was raised in Butte, Montana. He earned a degree in business administration from the University of Montana in 1970 and graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1975. [Read more]
Justice James SheaJustice James Jeremiah Shea was born and raised in Butte, Montana. After graduating from Butte Central Catholic High School, he attended the University of Montana, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1988 and his law degree in 1991. Following graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul G. Hatfield of the United States District Court in Great Falls, Montana.[Read more]

Justice Laurie McKinnonJustice McKinnon is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and began practicing law in 1987, as a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. After several years as a prosecutor, she started her own practice, handling a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation, including cases involving the death penalty. [Read More]

Justice BakerJustice Beth Baker was raised in Spokane, Washington, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication. In 1985, she graduated with high honors from the University of Montana School of Law. [Read more]
Justice SandefurJustice Dirk Sandefur [Read more]
Justice RiceJustice James A. Rice was born November 15, 1957, to U.S. Military parents stationed at Ramore Air Force Base, near Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada. He grew up in eastern Montana, graduating from Glasgow High School in 1975. [Read more]
Justice Mike WheatJustice Mike Wheat received his undergraduate degree (political science 1975) and his law degree (1978) from the University of Montana. [Read more]