When Rosanne Balasabas, the 9th Judicial District law clerk, first moved to Choteau, she never intended to stay. She figured she would do what most clerks do: research and write legal answers for a judge, do that for a couple years and then move on and open a private practice. Instead, she found a place to call home and a lifestyle she craved.
Balasabas hails from Manhattan, New York — a far cry from the Montana town of the same name. She attended Hunter College in Manhattan, and began a pre-law track when she discovered she did well in and enjoyed her political science classes. She interned for a judge doing criminal law and then for a law firm in Europe while in college. After graduation, she worked for a large securities litigation firm in New York City.
“While I was there, I was trying to snowboard every weekend, and was going all the way to Vermont from Manhattan. That’s when I realized I needed to make a change,” she said.