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Lars Phillips graduated from Gonzaga University with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law.

During law school, Phillips served as Editor-in-Chief of the Montana Law Review, interned for Judge Molloy of the United States District Court in the District of Montana, and successfully argued Marble v. State before the Montana Supreme Court. Marble v. State was a case involving the interpretation of Montana’s post-conviction statutes; Phillips’ work on this case was instrumental in the exoneration of Montana Innocence Project client Cody Marble.

After graduating law school, Phillips clerked for Justice Patricia Cotter of the Montana Supreme Court and was appointed by Chief Water Judge Russ McElyea to serve as a Water Master on the Montana Water Court. He is currently an attorney with Tarlow Stonecipher Weamer & Kelly, PLLC in Bozeman, Montana.

Phillips continues to provide pro bono assistance to MTIP and received MTIP’s Champion of Justice Award for his efforts in 2017.