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Montana Funk

Montana Funk

Host of Young Lawyer Rising

Montana Funk is a criminal defense attorney in Billings, Montana. Montana grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she went to the University of Manitoba where she received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology. Montana went on to attend the University of North Dakota where she served on both the schools Moot Court and Trial teams. Montana received her JD in 2019. Prior to practicing criminal law, Montana practiced civil defense, specifically tort litigation. Additionally, Montana authored an articled titled “Education as a Means for Access-Providing the Right Tools for Self-Advocacy” for the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

For fun, Montana enjoys baking, board games, hanging out with her friends and pup, and watching football.

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Recent Episodes
May 25, 2023

Overcoming Addiction: Insights and Advice for Attorneys with Brian Cuban

From the depths of addiction to helping attorneys overcome their own, lawyer and author Brian Cuban joins the show to share his personal journey, as well as shed light on the often...

April 20, 2023

Mastering Your Money: Financial Planning for Lawyers

Insights and Strategies for Achieving Financial Independence and Building Wealth as a Legal Professional

March 23, 2023

Building a Career you Love as a Young Lawyer

For young lawyers looking to start and build their career, there are several key factors to consider. From finding an area of law that interests you, to seeking out opportunities to gain...

February 16, 2023

Pro Bono: When to take a case, How to Get Involved, and Common Misconceptions

In this special episode of Young Lawyer Rising, host Montana Funk is joined by law firm owner and adjunct professor, Karen Lapekas, to discuss the ins and outs of pro bono work....

January 19, 2023

Seeking a Career in Public Interest and How to Stand Out

You want to help people, and you want to use the law to do it. More and more, public interest law has become a popular career path for young lawyers. But how...

December 22, 2022

Why Lawyer Mental Health and Wellness Matters

The demanding hours and stressful work environments of the legal industry can often have detrimental effects on lawyers and legal professionals. Mental health issues among lawyers are notoriously prevalent, as are suicide, substance...

November 25, 2022

Some Advice to the New, or Soon to be Lawyer

Tips to jump start your legal career, Ways to stand out in the workplace, and How to balance expectations after coming out of law school and entering the legal profession

October 20, 2022

Breaking Barriers: Women in Criminal Law

Women in the criminal justice system continue to face a number of different challenges and career barriers; especially as it relates to hiring, retention, and promotion. So, why are women lawyers underrepresented in...

September 22, 2022

Top Tips for Young Lawyers: How to Survive and Thrive in Your Legal Career

Are you a fresh grad about to start working as a lawyer, or a relatively junior lawyer still figuring things out? The road to becoming a lawyer certainly isn’t an easy one; and the...