Views from the Chair: Our Big Tent

Vol. 43 No. 2

Irma S. Russell is dean and professor at the University of Montana School of Law.

In the process of appointing members to lead the Section’s committees, task forces, and other roles of responsibility, I was struck anew by the breadth of focus and the diversity of our membership under the Section’s “big tent.” The wide range of subject matter in the Section—evidenced by over thirty-five substantive committees—is apparent. Our membership encompasses practitioners who represent individuals, partnerships, NGOs, and corporations. We include private lawyers and government lawyers at all levels, and academics and law students, and in-house corporate counsel. Even with such a range of areas and diverse practice groups, a “close-knit” feeling of community and common purpose permeates our work.

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