Attorney General Fox Names Two to Leadership Roles at DOJ
This spring, Attorney General Tim Fox announced the promotions of two assistant attorneys general to bureau chief positions within the Montana Department of Justice’s Legal Services Division:
Mark Fowler is the new Appellate Bureau Chief for the Legal Services Division. Mark had been an assistant attorney general in the Montana Department of Justice since 1994, working in the Legal Services Division’s Appellate Bureau and in the Gambling Control Division. Mark and his team in the Appellate Services Bureau handle appeals of criminal matters, including death penalty cases, and represent Montana in federal court when constitutional challenges are made to a criminal conviction.
Mark was a Spring 2009 Fellow with the National Association of Attorneys General Supreme Court Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. From late 1990 to 1994, he was an assistant attorney general in Tennessee, specializing in capital litigation, criminal appeals and peace officer standards and training. Mark has had more than 100 oral arguments in various state intermediate courts of appeal, supreme courts and federal circuit courts of appeal. He has been a member of the capital litigation teams in both Montana and Tennessee.
A 1986 graduate of Jacksonville University, Mark earned his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1989, and was the editor-in-chief of the university’s Journal of Law & Public Policy.
Attorney General Tim Fox selected Michael Black, originally from Havre, to head the Civil Services Bureau in the Department of Justice’s Legal Services Division.
As Civil Services Bureau Chief, Mike will oversee a team of attorneys who represent Montana in civil litigation where the state has an interest or in which the state is a party. The Civil Bureau responds to constitutional challenges to state laws and coordinates the state’s involvement in state and federal litigation. The Civil Bureau provides legal assistance to state and local governments as well as the governor’s office and state agencies in a number of areas, including Indian jurisdiction, federal reserved water rights, election law, antitrust, charitable trusts, conflicts of interest, consumer affairs and open meetings. It also provides legal counsel to the divisions within the Department of Justice, reviews and approves state-tribal agreements, reviews and drafts agency regulations, and drafts legal opinions for the review and signature of the attorney general.
Mike is a fourth-generation Montanan. His family moved to the Hi-Line a century ago, and he graduated from Havre High School in 1980. He received his B.A., with high honors, from the University of Montana in 1986 and his J.D. from Cornell University in 1989. After law school, Mike practiced with Lukins & Annis in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, and with Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind in Missoula. He was a sole practitioner in Missoula from 2004 until joining the Montana Department of Justice in Helena in 2011.