By Melissa Huber, I-O Reporter
New law clerk, Mike O’Brien, is a Montana native who is thrilled to be working in his home state, even if it isn’t in his hometown of Missoula. O’Brien previously worked for the Glacier County Attorney’s office, which opened up new possibilities for him. After his wife, Jolyne, secured a job as a teacher in Conrad, their destination was set.
Together, with their young son, Creighton—who, according to dad, is “a ball of fun, and growing so fast”—they picked up and moved.
O’Brien is a graduate of Loyola Sacred Heart in Missoula, and also Carroll College in Helena where he received his BA in Political Science and Public Administration. He obtained his Juris Doctorate at the University of Montana Law School in Missoula.
O’Brien said of his career choice, “Law provides the opportunity to make a difference in a single person’s life or in the lives of everyone in the community. It is an exhilarating and engaging profession which sees that justice is found when conflicts are resolved.”
Upon speaking with O’Brien, you know this to be true to his character. He has a real love for community that becomes obvious the longer you speak to him. He said of Conrad, “The community has been so welcoming! Everyone from co-workers, to acquaintances, to total strangers has embraced our family in the community. My wife and I are so excited to raise our son in such an earnest and solid environment.”
This response from the community is probably what led O’Brien to honestly consider joining the Moose Lodge, here in Conrad.
O’Brien is not only focused on community, but on family as well. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son, horseback riding, camping in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and—because he is a Missoula native—“watching the Grizzlies beat the Bobcats.”