Paul Carroll interning in District Attorney’s office

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Paul Carroll interning in District Attorney’s office
RESEARCH TIME — Paul Carroll, an intern in the county attorney office of MaryAnn Ries, uses the law library at the Pondera County Courthouse to do some research on a point of law. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
   Former Conrad High School student Paul Carroll is now an intern with Mary Ann Ries, Pondera County Attorney.
   A 2004 CHS graduate, Carroll had a stellar career in high school.
   Sports fans will recall that he was a member of the Boys’ State Track Championship team in 2004, coached by his father Jim Carroll. He was also on the 2003 wrestling team, coached by Steve Lockyer that won a State B/C championship.
   However, it may be that he really shined on the academic side of the coin.
   He was an Academic All State student and a National Merit semifinalist in the 49th Merit Scholarship Program in 2004.
   Carroll was among 16,000 talented seniors who would compete for 8,000 Merit Scholarship awards. He went on to become a Merit finalist.
   He was also a SAMMY scholar, Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year, recipient of a $7,500 scholarship award.
   Carroll was one of the 25 spots awarded nationally and appeared in milk mustache ads in Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine.
   After he graduated from high school he went on to attend MSU-Bozeman and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Political Science.
   Currently he just finished up his first year of law school at Pepperdine University, where the stars hang out in Malibu, Calif.
   Asked why he made the decision to go into the field of law, Carroll commented, “I’ve always been intrigued by and love the law and studying the constitution.”
   He is not sure yet if he will pursue the practice of criminal law, he feels his strength right now and where his interest lies is with contract law.
   As an intern with Ries, he helps with research work, attends some meetings, such as the regular commissioner business meeting on Wednesdays, and will learn how to draft court documents.
   Ries, who has work piled up in representing the county, says, “He is a joy to have around.”