Montana Legal Justice attorneys ensure that our clients are informed, educated, and empowered during every step of their path to justice.
Our lawyers are approachable, accessible, and dedicated to specifically tailoring legal services to each of our client’s individual needs.
Shannon Hathaway has been with Montana Legal Justice since 2012 and became a partner in 2015. Shannon graduated with honors from the University of Montana School of Law in May 2014 and was admitted to practice in all Montana state courts in September. Shannon focuses her practice on increasing access to justice for family law litigants, protecting the rights of children in foster care and advocating for the adherence to the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Shannon graduated with honors and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Montana in 2008. Before law school, Shannon worked in the mental health field, primarily with severely emotionally disturbed children. She worked for a non-profit foster care and adoption agency and at an elementary school through an organization committed to helping emotionally disturbed children on a day-to-day basis within the school setting. It was through counseling these children she found her passion for public interest work.
Throughout law school, Shannon remained committed to volunteering, spending her extra time at the Self-Help Law Center, Crime Victim’s Advocates and the Youth Homes. She was also a member of various student organizations, including the Montana Public Interest Law Coalition and the OUTlaws.
Shannon enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, her daughter, and fur-baby Risdon and thinks there is nothing better than Missoula in the summer.
Kelly Driscoll joined Montana Legal Justice in the fall of 2016 and became a partner in 2018. Kelly is a third generation Montanan and was raised in Butte, Montana. She attended the University of Montana and graduated with high honors in 2010. Before law school, Kelly worked for an organization assisting victims of domestic violence. This experience drove her interest in working to close the access to justice gap in Montana.
Kelly obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law, with honors, in 2014. While in law school, Kelly represented students through the ASUM Legal Services, worked as a prosecutor for the Lewis and Clark County Attorney’s Office, and interned for the Honorable Jeremiah C. Lynch, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of Montana. Following law school, Kelly clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Mike McGrath of the Montana Supreme Court.
Kelly is admitted to practice in Montana’s state and federal courts. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys baking, hiking, and spending time with her two kids, husband, and extended family.
Westen Young became a partner at Montana Legal Justice in 2019. Westen graduated Law school in 2018, and is licensed to practice in all Montana courts. While in law school Westen worked with Montana Legal Justice as a legal intern, and also interned at Montana Legal Services Association where he was able to assist individuals with issues in family law. After law school Westen served as a public defender in Yellowstone County, where he helped low income clients, and honed his trial skills and court room experience.
Westen is a three-time graduate from the University of Montana with an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies with honors, a Bachelor of Art degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Inequality and Social Justice and honors, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Alexander Blewitt III School of Law. Raised on a cattle ranch in Northeastern Montana, Westen is no stranger to hard work, and has dedicated his educational and legal career to understanding how he can assist his clients in navigating their rights in the legal system. He is passionate about ensuring that all clients have equal access to quality legal representation.
In his spare time, Westen enjoys reading, volunteering at local support service organizations that serve historically marginalized populations and exploring Missoula’s excellent hiking trails and public lands with his dog, Rusty.
Taryn Gray is originally from Southern California and received her B.A. from Chapman University. She earned her J.D. at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2017. Taryn moved to Montana in March of 2019.
During law school, Taryn focused her work on advocating for children with disabilities and their families. She interned at the Special Education Clinic at Lanterman Regional Center and the Youth Justice Education Clinic where she attended IEP meetings as the parent’s advocate. Taryn also interned at the Alliance for Children’s Rights where she ensured infants with special needs in foster care ages 0-5 were receiving appropriate services from regional centers and school districts. After law school, Taryn worked in the area of family law in California including dissolution, child custody, child support, spousal support, minor’s counsel, and adoption.
Taryn is thrilled to be living and working in Missoula, Montana. In her free time, Taryn enjoys running, yoga, spending time with her husband and cat, and taking advantage of every recreational activity the Treasure State has to offer.
Kate McCann is the Office Manager at Montana Legal Justice. She has worked for MTLJ since May 2018 and is a graduate of The University Montana, where she studied political science and history as well as Central and Southwest Asian Studies. She was born and raised in Montana.
In her off time, Kate enjoys spending time with family and friends, parenting her three unruly canine children and exploring anything new Missoula has to offer.
Risdon Hathaway is a furry assistant with MTLJ who hails from Missoula, MT. He loves to greet our clients and show them around the office. He enjoys napping on his bed, treats and hiking with his family.
Julie Brown was a co-founding attorney of Montana Legal Justice, PLLC. Julie graduated with honors from the University of Montana School of Law in May 2011. While with Montana Legal Justice, Julie focused her legal work on Dependency and Neglect Cases, Family Law and Appeals. Regardless of where her work took her, Julie remained passionate about issues of social justice and equal access to the law. As she continues on a new career path outside of the law, she will continue to bring these values with her.