The Legal Division of the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) provides legal advice and services to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the agency generally.  Other duties of the Legal Division include, but are not limited to:

  1. Providing legal advice and services to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in connection with Special Education matters;
  2. Assisting with appeals from County Superintendent decisions;
  3. Representing the State Superintendent and the OPI in court proceedings;
  4. Providing legal services and advice in connection with teacher certification, denial, suspension, and revocation;
  5. Assisting with the adoption and amendment of Montana Administrative Rules; and
  6. Assisting in the production and advocacy of legislation.
  7. Processing records requests

Please note that the Legal Division cannot provide legal advice to private citizens.  However, the Legal Division does house resources here on its site that may be of use to individuals seeking guidance in navigating legal issues.           



Julia Swingley, Chief Legal Counsel: 406-444-4399

Brittany Divine, Paralegal: 406-444-4402

Dispute Resolution Office for Special Education:

Mandi Gibbs, Director, Early Assistance Program: 406-444-5664

Angie Griner, Paralegal, Early Assistance Program: 406-444-2046

Records Requests: Records requests can be emailed to OPI Communications Director Dylan Klapmeier and OPI Paralegal Brittany Divine

Download the 2019 School Laws of Montana

If you have issues accessing the electronic version of the School Laws of Montana, please contact Tara Dempsey for help.