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Trial Lawyer Ed Moriarity to Headline Missoula Law Event


On March 9, 2012 a diverse group of experts in the legal profession will gather at the DoubleTree in Missoula for a full-day Continuing Legal Education seminar entitled “From the Courtroom to the Classroom: A Multi-Dimensional Look at the Legal Profession in the 21st Century.” Headlining the event is world-renowned trial lawyer and educator, Ed Moriarity. Born in Butte, Montana, Mr. Moriarity has practiced law for nearly four decades in the American West. He started his practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming and went on to work with famed trial lawyer, Gerry Spence, as a partner in his Jackson Hole firm, Spence, Moriarity & Shockey. Mr. Moriarity and Mr. Spence worked together on many high profile cases, including the defense of former Filipina politician Imelda Marcos.


Enthusiastically willing to share his trial law experience, Mr. Moriarity is a frequent featured speaker at legal conferences and events. He also taught at both the Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming and the Wyoming Trial School at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Mr. Moriarity now heads the firm of Moriarity, Badaruddin & Booke, LLC with offices in Salt Lake City, Utah, Wilson and Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Three Forks and Missoula, Montana.

Recognizing the needs of local Little League, Missoula Rotarians Bob Minto, Dan Carlino and Kevin Miltko came together to put on this world class CLE event for attorneys and to raise funds for Missoula youth. Missoula-based lawyers’ professional liability insurance company ALPS is providing logistics support and coordination of the event as an in-kind sponsorship. ALPS has long supported ongoing education for the legal community, primarily in the areas of ethics and risk management. ALPS Educational Services produces live and online CLE opportunities throughout the country. The speakers for this event have also waived their honorarium to support the cause.

In addition to Mr. Moriarity, the full-day CLE event will feature speakers from diverse legal backgrounds focusing on some of the most salient legal issues of the time – from civil rights to international law to ethics and risk management. The full agenda is as follows:

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

From the Old to the New and the Beyond - Ed Moriarity, Moriarity, Badaruddin & Booke, LLC


10:00 - 10:15 a.m.



10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

An Introduction to Section 1983 - Michelle Badaruddin, U.S. District Court/District of Montana


11:15 - 11:30 a.m.



11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Legal Ethics – A Transatlantic Perspective – The US and England, How Do They Compare and What Can We Learn? - Bill Burns, ALPS Account Manager, Former Judge and International Professor of Law


12:30 - 1:30 p.m.           



1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Ethics and Managing Business Risk in the Law Firm –

Mark Bassingthwaighte, ALPS Risk Manager

Dustin Cole, Attorneys MasterClass

Online registration is open and is $200 per participating attorney. The State Bar of Montana has approved this event for 7 hours of CLE credits, including 4 ethics credits. For more information, including speaker profiles and registration, please visit

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