Volunteer Awards

Announcing the Outstanding Firm,

Champion of Innocence, and Freedom Fighter Awards!

Each year we honor extraordinary law firms and individuals by presenting them with awards.  The Outstanding Firm Award recognizes a law firm that has provided support both through pro bono support and financially. The Champion of Innocence Award is given to an attorney who best advances MTIP’s mission through pro bono legal service. Finally, the Freedom Fighter Award is given to the student volunteer who exhibits tremendous dedication to MTIP’s work.  This year we are honored to present the awards to: Axilon Law Group, Brett Schandelson, & Tobias Cook!

Axilon Law Group

Axilon Law Group is responsible for our ability to move the Watson case forward into litigation. This case has the potential to set precedence in the federal court system due to Betsy Griffing and Axilon Law Group staff's hard work.

Brett Schandelson, Tipp & Buley

Brett Schandelson has spent his career helping others navigate the legal world. He has brought instrumental expertise to our case involving Richard Raugust and is now fully immersed in the litigation process in helping free Richard.  Brett's devotion has brought Richard closer to freedom and we deeply appreciate his time and efforts.

Tobias Cook, J.D. 2015

Toby has a longstanding devotion to MTIP, as he began volunteering during his first year of law school and has consistently been dedicating his time ever since.  He began by reviewing claims of innocence and is now assisting with briefing our cases in litigation. Toby not only has helped significantly move cases forward, but he reminds us everyday why we value education at MTIP.

Join us Friday, October 17, at the Castles Center at the University of Montana School of Law to help us honor Axilon Law Group, Brett, and Toby!  The Montana Innocence Project Annual Open House celebrates our successes and honors community members who have gone above and beyond.  It brings together partners, supporters, volunteers, and more for an opportunity to celebrate our work of freeing the innocent and preventing wrongful convictions.