Robert Sullivan Interview


Robert Sullivan


Annie Pontrelli



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Robert Sullivan describes coming to the University of Montana in 1954 as assistant dean of the School of Law and becoming dean in 1955. He recalls his retirement in 1978 to become vice-president and general counsel of Montana Power Company. Sullivan discusses the School of Law’s transition to the semester system, the initiation of the Board of Visitors, the Indian Law Clinic, the moot court competition, and the school’s efforts to develop a uniform commercial code for Montana. He notes other examples of the law faculty’s efforts in revising the Montana legal system. Sullivan discusses the role that Presidents Carl McFarland and Richard Bowers as well as other people in Montana played in supporting the School of Law. He talks about how he enjoyed teaching and the importance he placed on legal ethics courses to prepare students to be community-minded lawyers.


Oral History


University of Montana faculty; University of Montana Indian Law Clinic; Education, Semester system; Education; Montana; Legal system, Montana; Richard Bowers; Carl McFarland; Legal ethics

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project, OH 270, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 270-041, 042

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (2:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (21 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Local Filename

OH_270_041_042.mp3; OH_270_041_042.pdf

Robert Sullivan Interview