Beth supervises the Discrimination, Employment, Benefits, and Access Work Unit. She represents individuals with disabilities to challenge discrimination on the basis of their disabilities in the areas of employment, governmental services, and the use of public accommodations. She also supervises our activities to aid beneficiaries of SSI and SSDI, as well as those receiving vocational rehabilitation services.
She enjoys ensuring that the rights of people with disabilities are protected.
Beth began her legal career as the legal director of the ACLU of Montana. She held that position for six years, conducting litigation to fight racial profiling, protect freedom of expression, and challenge the public defender system that did not guarantee quality representation for indigent persons across the state. She also lobbied during the state legislative sessions to defend Montanans’ civil liberties.
During her time at the ACLU of Montana, Beth became familiar with the work of the then Montana Advocacy Program, when she worked with Anita Roessmann on an amicus brief in the seminal case of In the Matter of K.G.F., which established that persons facing involuntary commitment have a right to the effective representation by counsel. She was attracted to the work of the program, and eventually joined the staff in 2004 with the intention of helping clients with disabilities protect their rights to live independently, to be employed, and to be treated fairly by governmental and private entities.
Beth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Juris Doctorate degree, with Honors, from the University of Montana School of Law.