Writing this from Missoula, where I live with author Gwen Florio, my partner of 10 years. September 2015 I retired from the ACLU of Montana, where I served as Executive Director for 26 years.  The NWES was a seminal event in my life for so many reasons. Getting together with fellow alums is something I look forward to. Regrettably, Gwen has other commitments that weekend that will make it impossible for her to attend.