Staff

Lisa Mecklenberg Jackson, Executive Director

director@mtinnocenceproject.org

Lisa has an extensive legal background, coming to MTIP from the Montana Supreme Court where she was the director of the State Law Library of Montana. She earned her Juris Doctorate in 1996 from the University of North Dakota. In 1997, she graduated first in her class from the University of Washington with a Master of Library and Information Science degree and a certificate in law librarianship. She is dedicated to her work and is passionate about justice issues in Montana.


 Larry Mansch, Legal Director

larry@mtinnocenceproject.org

Larry graduated from the Creighton University School of Law in 1980. For 13 years he worked as a Senior Attorney for the Office of the Missoula County Public Defender, and then spent five years in private practice, focusing on criminal defense. He served as a Judge Advocate General in the Montana Army National Guard for 20 years, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He received his Masters in Education from the University of Montana in 2006, and for 10 years has worked as a teacher for Missoula Catholic Schools. He has been Clinical Director of MTIP since 2009. 


Toby Cook, Staff Attorney

toby@mtinnocenceproject.org

Toby attended the University of Montana School of Law primarily because it had an Innocence Project that allowed law students to volunteer starting in their first year of law school. Throughout law school, Toby worked for the Innocence Project as a volunteer, intern, and law clerk. He has helped with every case currently in litigation and co-authored amendments to Montana's post-conviction DNA statute. After earning his Juris Doctorate in 2015, Toby worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Russell C. Fagg in the 13th Judicial District Court in Billings, Montana. Toby is passionate about freeing the innocent, and is excited to be back at MTIP.


Alyssa Rabil, Web Manager

alyssarabil@mtinnocenceproject.org

Alyssa graduated from the University of Montana School of Journalism in 2011. She spent her college years volunteering on American Indian reservations and reporting for the journalism school's Native News Project and the Montana Kaimin. In her post-college years, she honed her web design skills and did contract work as a designer and editor for mobile and online sites. She currently divides her time between MTIP and the journalism school where she works as the Media and Information Coordinator.


 Glenn "Woody" Wood, Volunteer Coordinator

intern@mtinnocenceproject.org

Woody has worked with numerous nonprofits since moving to Missoula in 2001. He arranges the schedule and case load for MTIP's many volunteers. Woody and his wife Kathi were named the 2015 Peacemakers of the Year by the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center and Peace Quilters. He welcomes inquiries from individuals of any background who are interested in this organization.


Rich Buley, Investigator

rich@mtinnocenceproject.org

Rich has been practicing law in Montana for 35 years at the firm Tipp and Buley. Rich's legal career involved a wide range of cases but he concentrated primarily in the areas of representing plaintiffs in personal injuries and worker’s compensation, and representing defendants in criminal cases. He was one of the founding members of the Montana Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 1997 and have been a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Rich was licensed by the State of Montana as a Private Investigator in 2014 and has engaged in that business since he retired from the active practice of law in 2015.