The ALPS Bar Leaders Retreat revolves around the two-day business meeting where we engage bar leadership in discussions of salient topics in the legal community as well as how ALPS can help bar association members achieve a successful practice.

We also believe it is important for our guests to switch gears and learn about other topics beyond the realm of the legal profession.

Colleen McGuire, Brigadier General (Ret.), United States Army

Brigadier General (retired) Colleen McGuire is a 1979 graduate of the University of Montana and a 2010 University of Montana Distinguished Alum. She received a Regular Army commission as a Military Police officer through ROTC. She holds a Master of Military Arts and Science from the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA.

In August 2012, Colleen retired from the United States Army as a brigadier general after having served over 32 years. She last served at the Pentagon as the “J-1”, Director of Manpower and Personnel on The Joint Staff. As a military police officer, Colleen accomplished many “firsts”:

  • She is the first woman in the history of the U.S. Army to hold the highest law enforcement office, Provost Marshal General of the Army;
  • first woman to command the U.S. Army’s premier felony investigative organization, Criminal Investigations Command;
  • and the first woman to command the Department of Defense all-male maximum security prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the United States Disciplinary Barracks.

Colleen also established and served as the director of the Army’s Suicide

Prevention Task Force. She has served all over the U.S. and abroad including Somalia and Iraq.

In 2013 and 2014, she was the CEO of Delta Gamma Fraternity in Columbus, OH and simultaneously served on a congressionally-mandated panel for the Department of Defense to study and make recommendations addressing adult sexual assault response systems in the military. Colleen currently serves on the University of Montana Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Colleen, retired again, is a cattle rancher, world traveler and doting grandmother of two grandsons who live in Kalispell.

Andrew S. Fastow, Former Chief Financial Officer, Enron

Despite today’s more regulated and enlightened business environment, we continue to witness “Enron-esque” failures of corporate governance.  Enron’s former CFO will make observations about how the ambiguity and complexity of laws and regulations breeds opportunity for problematic decisions and will discuss what questions corporate directors, management, attorneys, and accountants should ask in order to ensure that their companies not only follow the rules, but uphold the principles behind them.

Mr. Fastow was the Chief Financial Officer of Enron Corp. from 1998 – 2001.  In 2004, he pled guilty to two counts of securities fraud, and was sentenced to six years in federal prison.  He completed his sentence in 2011, and now lives with his family in Houston, Texas.  Mr. Fastow currently provides litigation support at a law firm, and he consults with Directors, attorneys, and hedge funds on how best to identify potentially critical finance, accounting, compensation, and cultural issues.

Mr. Fastow received a BA in Economics and Chinese from Tufts University and an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  Prior to joining Enron, he was a Senior Director in the Asset Securitization Group at Continental Bank N.A.

Since his release from prison, Mr. Fastow has been a guest lecturer at universities and corporations, and at conferences for management, corporate directors, attorneys, accountants, and certified fraud examiners. Mr. Fastow was recently keynote speaker at the United Nations’ Principles of Responsible Management Education Conference, the FBI’s Advanced Financial Crimes Seminar, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Annual Conference, the American Accounting Association Annual Conference, and the Financial Times’ Outstanding Directors Conference.

Contact information: FormerEnronCFO@gmail.com

Douglas J. Emlen, Biologist, Author, Animal Weapons

Douglas J. Emlen studied at Cornell University (B.A. 1989), Princeton University (Ph. D. 1994), and Duke University (Postdoctoral Research Fellow 1994-1997), before joining the faculty at the University of Montana where he is now the director of Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Evolution, one of UM’s three “Programs of National Distinction.”  He is the first scholar from any Montana institution to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2016) and was the first Montanan to receive the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (2002).  Emlen has earned more than $2.5 million in multiple research awards from the National Science Foundation, including their five-year CAREER award, as well as a Young Investigator Prize and the E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award from the American Society of Naturalists. In 2014 he was awarded UM’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2015 the Carnegie/CASE Professor of the Year Award for the State of Montana.  His book Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle (Henry Holt, 2014) won the Phi Beta Kappa science book award in 2015, and his textbook Evolution: Making Sense of Life (co-authored with award-winning journalist Carl Zimmer, Macmillan Publishing, 2nd edition 2015), is presently adopted by more than 250 universities and colleges.  His research has been featured in outlets including The New York Times, National Public Radio’s Fresh Air and Science Friday, and YouTube’s SciShow. This spring he starred in a BBC documentary about his work, Nature’s Wildest Weapons.

Jeremy N. Smith, Author & Journalist, Epic Measures

Jeremy N. Smith is the author of Epic Measures, the true story of a 20-year, 500-scientist, $100-million moonshot attempt to track and quantify every illness, injury, and death for everyone on Earth: the biggest of Big Data ever. Bill Gates said, “Epic Measures is a fantastic read.” Publishers Weekly called it, “An inspirational tale for everyone.” The New York Times said the book was “Remarkably entertaining.… A giant compilation of ‘who knew?’”

Jeremy writes regularly for the New York TimesThe Atlantic, and Discover, and he and his work have been featured by CNN, NPR News, and Wired, among many other outlets.

Learn more at jeremynsmith.com 

Erica R. Grinde, ABA Board of Governors Representative, Young Lawyers Division

Erica R. Grinde is the Director of Risk Management and Benefits for Missoula County.  She oversees the County’s self-funded, self-administered medical, worker’s compensation, and property/casualty programs.  She started her public service career as a Civil Deputy County Attorney in the Missoula County Attorney’s Office.  Prior to entering the public sector, she was an associate attorney with Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven in the firm’s Missoula office where she practiced employment law, medical malpractice law and railroad law.  Ms. Grinde graduated from the University of Montana  School of Law in 2008.  She currently serves as a young-lawyer-delegate-at-large to the American Bar Association Board (ABA) of Governors.  She has served on the ABA Young Lawyers Division Council since August 2009.  She has been active in the State Bar of Montana and served as the State Bar of Montana New Lawyers Section chair for the 2012-2013 bar year.  Outside of her practice and work with the ABA, Ms. Grinde enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Dana Hrelic, Chair-Elect, ABA Young Lawyers Division

Dana M. Hrelic is a partner at Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C. in Hartford, Connecticut.  She is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York state courts, as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Third Circuit, the Eleventh Circuit, and the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  Attorney Hrelic joined Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque in August of 2009 after serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Christine S. Vertefeuille of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Attorney Hrelic represents clients in civil, family, juvenile and criminal appeals before the Connecticut appellate courts as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  She has experience working on appellate matters in the Third Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit.  Attorney Hrelic regularly consults with clients and attorneys on civil, family and complex litigation matters and provides assistance at all stages of litigation – including both pre- and post-judgment.  She was selected as a Connecticut and a New England Super Lawyers Rising Star in Appellate Practice in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Attorney Hrelic earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2008 and a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005.  At the University of Connecticut School of Law, she was the Managing Editor of the Connecticut Law Review from 2007 to 2008.  Attorney Hrelic is an avid member of both the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) and the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (CBA YLS).  In fact, she currently serves as the Incoming Chair of the ABA YLD and just completed her year as Chair of the CBA YLS.  She also serves as a presidentially-appointed member of the Governing Council of the ABA Center for Innovation.  Attorney Hrelic is a Trustee on the University of Connecticut School of Law Board of Trustees as well as a Fellow with the American Bar Foundation.