Clay R. Leland

Clay R. Leland

Deputy County Attorney • State of Montana
  • District of Columbia, Montana
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Biography

Clay Leland is a Deputy Ravalli County Attorney for the State of Montana. Clay previously served at The White House in the Office of White House Counsel as a Legal Intern and at the United States Senate as a Law Clerk for Senator Ron Johnson on the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Clay graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho College of Law, where he was a two-year member of the National Moot Court Team. Clay competed and received awards in Moot Court Competitions in Boise (University of Idaho), Las Vegas (UNLV - Hon. Lloyd D. George Regional Competition), and New York City (St. John’s University - Duberstein National Competition).

Clay was awarded Best Brief and Best Overall Advocate Runner-Up in the McNichols Moot Court Competition. He was also recognized for Outstanding Achievement at the 26th Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy National Moot Court Competition, which is widely seen as one of the Nation’s preeminent competitions where competitors argue leading bankruptcy issues that are likely to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Clay served in leadership positions with The Federalist Society (Chapter President), the Trial Lawyers Association (Student Vice President), the American Bar Association (National Law Student Division Liaison), and the American Bankruptcy Institute (Member).

Education
University of Idaho College of Law
J.D. (2019) | Law
Honors: Dean's List (Many Semesters); National Moot Court Team
Activities: 26th and 27th Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy National Moot Court Competitions at St. John's University; Hon. Lloyd D. George West Regional Moot Court Competition at UNLV; McNichols Moot Court Competition at University of Idaho; Idaho Trial Lawyers Association - Student Vice President; The Federalist Society - Chapter President; American Bar Association - National Law Student Division Liaison; American Bankruptcy Institute - Member
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Gonzaga University
B.B.A. (2016) | Business & Economics
Honors: Cum Laude; President's & Dean's List (Many Semesters); Christopher M. West Memorial Award
Activities: Gonzaga Student Body Association - Senator and Finance Committee Member
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Ravalli County Attorney's Office
- Current
Represent the State of Montana
Law Clerk
United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
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U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (WI)
Legal Intern
Office of White House Counsel, The White House
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White House Counsel Pat Cipollone
Legal Intern
Eastern Washington University, Investigations & Athletics Departments
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Awards
Outstanding Achievement: 26th (& 27th) Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition in New York City
American Bankruptcy Institute
"The Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition is widely recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent moot court competitions. The competition promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on significant issues in bankruptcy practice. More than 50 law school teams participate, making this the largest single-site appellate moot court competition. The competition is held in honor of Judge Conrad Duberstein, a St. John's School of Law alumnus who ultimately served as Chief Judge."
Best Brief: McNichols Moot Court Appellate Advocacy Competition
University of Idaho College of Law
Best Overall Advocate Runner-Up: McNichols Moot Court Competition
University of Idaho College of Law
Top Legal Memorandum: Legal Research & Writing
University of Idaho College of Law
Christopher M. West Memorial Award
Gonzaga University
Gonzaga University's Christopher M. West Award Scholarship: "The Christopher M. West Memorial Scholarship Committee selection criteria: Demonstration of humanitarianism through membership in honorary service clubs, participation in community service organizations, or unique individual humanitarian interests or deeds."
Professional Associations
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Current
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Montana State Bar  # 63318988
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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Montana
State Bar of Montana
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Contact & Map
Ravalli County Attorney's Office
205 Bedford St., Suite C
Hamilton, MT 59840
Telephone: (406) 375-6750