Even though Rylee Sommers-Flanagan traveled to Georgia, Scotland and California for school, she always knew she wanted to end up in her home – Montana.
“It’s the best place on earth,” she said. “I think Montana is politically unique. I think it is such an incredible place to live, to enjoy the access to public lands, to be part of a community. One of the things I love about Montana is how willing we are to show up for our neighbors.”
Sommers-Flanagan is driven by a responsibility to contribute to her community where she can. And, with a love for solving problems, talking to people and working within existing systems to impact change, Sommers-Flanagan found her calling as a lawyer.
Just last year, she founded the Upper Seven Law Firm. The firm, which is nonpartisan, operates with a mission of holding those in power accountable.
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Sommers-Flanagan said, especially under Montana’s constitution, there’s a lot of ways to use litigation and law to advance the public interest and serve people.
In its year as a firm, Upper Seven has looked at voting rights, access to justice issues