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Mike Black:  Endorsed by Five Retired Montana Supreme Court Justices

Mike Black: Endorsed by Five Retired Montana Supreme Court Justices

I’m honored to earn the endorsement and support of five retired Montana Supreme Court Justices:  James Nelson, Terry Trieweiler, Mike Wheat, William Leaphard and Jim Regnier.

As published in the Montana Standard (Butte), the Missoulian, the Billings Gazette, The Havre Herald, The Helena Independent Recort, the Montana Post and others …


Guest view: Mike Black for the Montana Supreme Court – April 9, 2020

As a matter of constitutional law, a state may provide more — and greater — protection of constitutional rights than does the federal constitution. This legal doctrine will become increasingly important in the coming decades, given the U.S. Supreme Court’s membership and its dismal record protecting civil rights and the rule of law.

Indeed, Montana’s Constitution guarantees some 17 rights not protected in the federal constitution — a clean and healthful environment, human dignity, the right to participate in and examine government documents and observe its deliberations, educational rights, and the peoples’ use of Montana’s waters, to name just a few.

That’s why the 2020 State Supreme Court election is so important; it is that court which interprets and enforces our cherished Montana rights and values.

Of the three individuals seeking election to Seat 5, attorney Mike Black is uniquely qualified.

Mike is a native, fourth generation Montanan, growing up in a blue-collar railroad family; he’s worked as a farmhand, janitor and dishwasher; he put himself through college and law school.

Mike has actively practiced law here since 1991, representing Montanans in every state and federal court in Montana, and in the U.S. Supreme Court. Mike served as Senior Assistant Attorney General and Civil Bureau Chief and litigated to protect Montanans’ constitutional rights. Mike consistently fights to increase Montanans’ ability to access justice.
Indeed, in putting “their” person on the court, these purveyors of dark money and partisan influence constantly litigate to deny Montanans their constitutional rights of access to Montana’s waters in which to fish and recreate; to utilize public lands on which to hike and camp; and to enjoy the “quiet beauty of our state” with their families — as Mike and his family often do.
To date Montana’s Supreme Court has jealously guarded these rights and values. Voters must insure that that commitment remains in the justices elected to the court. Dark money interests and those who flagrantly violate Montana’s campaign finance laws have no regard for fair, independent and impartial judges — indeed quite to the contrary.
Mike Black is eminently qualified by background, training and experience to serve as the Court’s next Seat 5 justice. His personal and professional history is one demonstrating exemplary character and competence, earning him the statewide respect from members of the bench and Bar.

Mike Black Formally Files with the Office of the Montana Secretary of State As a Candidate to Serve as a Justice on the Montana Supreme Court

Mike Black Formally Files with the Office of the Montana Secretary of State As a Candidate to Serve as a Justice on the Montana Supreme Court

MONTANA – Mike Black announced today that he formally filed as a candidate for the Montana Supreme Court with the Office of the Montana Secretary of State, an action Mr. Black took today on the first day of filing for the 2020 election cycle.  

Mike Black

Mike Black is a fourth-generation Montanan who was born and raised in Havre. His family moved to the Hi-Line over a century ago. He grew up in a railroad family and worked his way through school in jobs such as dishwasher, fry cook, farmhand, and janitor. 

Black graduated with high honors from the University of Montana with a degree in history/political science, and later graduated from the Cornell University Law School in Ithaca, New York. He was admitted to practice law in Montana in 1991. He has focused on litigation, taking on a wide variety of cases over the course of his career.

Black’s experience and law practice includes representation of people from all walks of life in cases from Justice Court all the way to the United States Supreme Court. He has argued appeals before the Montana Supreme Court and the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals numerous times. He has practiced as a partner in firms both large and small, and as a sole practitioner. After twenty years of private practice, he shifted to public service.

In 2011, Black moved to Helena to join the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ), serving as a Senior Assistant Attorney General and Civil Bureau Chief in the Attorney General’s Office until 2015. While at DOJ, Black litigated constitutional cases for Montana in court, including matters opposing dark money in Montana elections and partisan influence in our judicial elections. He then joined Montana Legal Services Association as its Litigation Director and remained there until early 2018. His work at MLSA involved efforts to increase access to justice for Montana’s less fortunate. Currently, Black practices law as “of counsel” to the Bozeman firm Beck, Amsden & Stalpes, focused on consumer rights and employee benefits litigation. 

Black has served with a variety of non-profit organizations and on government boards, including as trustee of the Granite County Hospital District.  In his spare time, Black travels Montana, hikes its back country, and enjoys time with his family.

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