3rd Annual
Montana Property Rights Conference

January 13-14, 2017
Great Northern Hotel
Helena, Mont.


The objective of the Montana Property Rights Conference is to educate Montanans about the important issues impacting private property rights across the state. We feature premier speakers from across the United States to share their expertise and insight. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about emerging property issues in Montana from the foremost experts on emerging topics.


Christina Sandefur Goldwater Institute Logo

Christina Sandefur
On the Property Ownership Fairness Act

Christina Sandefur is Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute. She also develops policies and litigates cases advancing healthcare freedom, free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights.

Christina has won important victories for property rights in Arizona and works nationally to promote the Institute's Private Property Rights Protection Act, a state-level reform requires government to pay owners when regulations destroy property rights and reduce property values. She is also a co-drafter of the Right to Try initiative, now law in over half of the states, which protects terminally ill patients' right to try safe investigational treatments that have been prescribed by their physician but are not yet FDA approved for market.

Christina is the co-author of the book Cornerstone of Liberty: Private Property Rights in 21st Century America (2016). She is a frequent guest on national television and radio programs, including Fox Business's Stossel, Dick Morris, and The Armstrong & Getty Show. Her litigation and policy work has been featured in National Review, The Washington Post, Human Events, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, among others. She has provided expert legal testimony to various legislative committees and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

Christina is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and Hillsdale College.

Terry Anderson PERC Logo

Terry Anderson
Entitled to Public Aceess—What Happened to Neighborliness?

Terry Anderson is the William A. Dunn Distinguished Senior Fellow and former President and Executive Director of PERC as well as the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He believes that market approaches can be both economically sound and environmentally sensitive. His research helped launch the idea of free market environmentalism and has prompted public debate over the proper role of government in managing natural resources.

Anderson is the author or editor of thirty-nine books. Among these, Free Market Environmentalism, co-authored with Donald Leal, received the 1992 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award. A revised edition was published in 2001.

Terry and Donald Leal’s most recent book, Free Market Environmentalism for the Next Generation, was published in 2015. His most recent publications are Environmental Markets a Property Rights Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Tapping Water Markets (RFF Press, 2012). Other books include Greener Than Thou: Are You Really an Environmentalist? (Hoover Institution Press, 2008) and Property Rights: A Practical Guide to Freedom and Prosperity (Hoover Institution Press, 2003), both co-authored with Laura Huggins. His book, with Peter J. Hill, The Not So Wild, Wild West: Property Rights on the Frontier (Stanford University Press), was awarded the 2005 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award.

Anderson’s research, which has also focused on Native American economies, recently resulted in an edited volume, Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations (Lexington Books, 2016). He has published widely in the popular press and professional journals, including the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Fly Fisherman, Journal of Law and Economics, and Economic Inquiry. During his career at Montana State University, Anderson received several outstanding teaching awards and is now professor emeritus of economics. He received his B.S. from the University of Montana and earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington. In March 2011, Anderson received the Liberalni Institute Annual Award in Prague, Czech Republic, for his "Contribution to the Proliferation of Liberal Thinking, and Making Ideas of Liberty, Private Property, Competition, and the Rule of Law Come True.” Previous recipients include Nobel laureates Milton Friedman, Gary Becker, and Vernon Smith.

Harriet Hageman

Harriet Hageman
On Regulation without Representation

Harriet Hageman grew up on a ranch near Fort Laramie, Wyoming. She attended Casper College on a Livestock Judging Scholarship from 1981-1983, and received her B.S. Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming in 1986. In 1989, she graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law. Her first position was as a clerk for the Honorable James E. Barrett, a Judge on the United States Appellate Court for the Tenth Judicial Circuit. She is currently licensed to practice law in the States of Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado.

Harriet has worked on many water and natural resource matters, including Nebraska v. Wyoming; the “roadless litigation”; challenges to the Fish & Wildlife Service’s management and recovery of the Canadian gray wolf and other species; protection of private property from contaminated discharges; predator control; defense of Wyoming’s “open range” law; protection of grazing rights on BLM and private lands; snowmobile use in Yellowstone National Park; and protection of water rights as a Wyoming attorney.

She represents several irrigation districts around the State, addressing such matters as protection of irrigated agriculture and the impact of land use changes.

Harriet’s practice in Nebraska is primarily addressed to the relationship between ground water and surface water, including analysis and implementation of the Nebraska Ground Water Management and Protection Act. She was one of the attorneys in Spear T Ranch, Inc., v. Knaub et al. She also works with local Natural Resource Districts to deal with the impacts of the Endangered Species Act and the Republican River Compact.

Harriet is actively involved with addressing the impact of federal and state regulations on land and water use. In 2004, in a continuing effort to inform the general public regarding that regulatory environment, she formed the Wyoming Resource Alliance, working to increase public participation at both the State and Federal regulatory level. She hopes to expand the WRA concept into a regional and national resource.

Harriet is on the Advisory Board of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, the Steering Committee for the Wyoming Business Alliance, and the Board of Litigation for the Mountain States Legal Foundation. Ms. Hageman was honored by Casper College as the Distinguished Alumni for 2011, and was inducted into the Wyoming Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2011.

Brent Bateman

Brent N. Bateman
On the Utah Property Rights Ombudsman

Brent N. Bateman is the lead attorney in the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman. Brent is an alumnus of Brigham Young University and Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, where he was Managing Editor of the Wayne Law Review. Prior to joining the Property Rights Ombudsman office, Brent practiced land use law in Utah and Michigan, and has represented both land developers and government entities. Even today, Brent remains bewildered as to why they cannot get along better.

At the OPRO, Brent and his staff work hard to assist property owners and government entities to understand and follow the law, and to listen to one another for pete’s sake. Brent loves to study land use law, baseball, and Shakespeare, and will discuss them with you anytime. Although he is color blind he bleads Blue! Go BYU!

Friday, January 13
11:30 am - Registration opens
Noon - Capitol Field Trip
2:30 pm - Program begins, issue briefings
4:30 pm - Social hour & dinner program

Saturday, January 14
7:30 am - Breakfast
8:00 am - Program resumes
Noon - Conference concludes

The purpose of the property rights conference is to bring together UPOM members, landowners, elected officials and opinion makers from across Montana to discuss the challenges facing property owners and the protection of their property rights. In addition to our keynote speakers, the conference will also include presentations by experts on Montana issues.

Topics Include:

Hertha Lund, Attorney with Lund Law

In 2016, the city of Missoula won a case that allowed it to condemn and take over the city's privately-owned municipal water system. This case sets new precedents related to condemnation and eminent domain law in Montana that will be used against other property owners in the future. Learn about this case and what it means for other property owners.

John Peterson, DNRC Water Resource Conservation Manager

Get your questions answered about the ongoing water rights adjudication process in Montana.

Panel Discussion

A panel of experts to discuss issues related to wildlife, including elk management, shoulder seasons, and free-roaming bison. This segement will also cover emerging issues for property rights as they relate to outdoor recreation, including legislation attempting to legalize corner trespass and ongoing efforts to seize private roads for public use.


FREE for Students and Elected Officials

The form below is for payment processing only— no need to fill it out if you're a Student or Elected Official. To let us know you're coming, please just give us a call, send an email to info@upom.org, or download the registration form and mail it in. You can also give us a big boost by being a PATRON SPONSOR of the conference—see below for options.

Registration for UPOM members is $35, for non-members $50 (rates will increase after January 5th)

Not a member, but would like to be? Please visit UPOM.org to see membership options. Landowner Memberships start at $50 annually, or be a Lifetime Member for just $250.

Consider being a Conference Patron Sponsor for
$100, $250, or $500

Hotel Accommodations

  • A room block is now available at the Great Northern Hotel in downtown Helena at $135 per night—call (406) 457-5500 for reservations. If making reservations by phone, ask for the United Property Owners of Montana room block.

Register by Phone

Call Chuck Denowh 406.239.5952
or Shelby DeMars 406.660.1969

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