Judge Elizabeth Best
Judge Best attended Great Falls schools, and graduated from CMR in 1974. After earning a BA at MSU Bozeman, she earned her law degree at the University of Montana, where she met her husband, Mike, on the law school flag football team. She and Mike graduated from law school and entered the U.S. Army JAGC, where she served at HQ V Corps, in Frankfurt, FRG.
After honorable discharge from the Army, Elizabeth clerked for Federal Judge Paul G. Hatfield, and then went into private practice, where she represented individual Montanans in the courtroom for over 30 years. Beth and Mike raised their two kids on a ranch in the Eden area south of Great Falls for 21 years. They also raised assorted cows, horses, llamas, chickens, ducks, geese, and lambs, and (inadvertently) raccoons.
Governor Brian Schweitzer appointed her to chair the State Board of Labor Appeals, and she served in that capacity for four years. He then appointed her to chair the board of Montana State Fund (Montana's workers compensation insurance company). Elizabeth is one of only two women in Montana invited to join the Montana Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and was chosen as a Mountain States Super Lawyer for seven years. She served for 16 years on the Board of the Montana Trial Lawyers