As a former Montana Legal Services Association staffer, Klaus Sitte advocated for Montanans living in poverty for nearly 40 years. Family law, especially domestic violence issues, and landlord/tenant law were his areas of concentration. In 2002, Klaus became Executive Director of MLSA, stepping aside in 2011 to become Litigation Director. He left MLSA in 2012 to become Director of Student Services at the Law School and staff attorney at ASUM Legal Services.
Klaus taught Office Practice for several years before becoming coach of the UM Law School American Bar Association Negotiation Competition Team in 1991. The Team placed 3rd nationally in 1999 and 2nd in 2003, advancing to International Competition. Klaus has been a Clinical Supervisor with the Law School's unique Clinical Program, training and mentoring more than 500 law student interns in lawyering skills, for four decades.
Klaus has been a substantive and skills trainer in 34 states, as well as Guam, Micronesia and China. He frequently teaches for the ABA’s Commission on Domestic Violence National Civil Law Institutes. He is the former chair of the Montana Supreme Court Gender Fairness Task Force. In 2000, the Court appointed Klaus to the Equal Justice Task Force on which he served for 12 years. Currently, he is a member of the State Bar of Montana’s Access to Justice Committee.
Klaus first authored FOR RENT: The Complete Montana Landlord and Tenant Guide, a book widely used by judges, landlords and tenants, as a reference tool in landlord/tenant issues, in 1994. Many Montana Justice Court judges use this text as an essential tool in resolving landlord/tenant disputes. FOR RENT is now in its second decade of publication.
Klaus, and his wife, Karen, have lived in Missoula for more than 40 years. They have two sons, Tyler, residing in Frankfurt, Germany and Jeremy, in Billings, Montana. Karen is Director of Fund Management for the University of Montana Foundation. Klaus and Karen enjoy camping, kayaking and biking. When they can get away, Klaus and Karen seriously relish visiting their two granddaughters, Anne and Lidia, in Billings.
➢ FOR RENT: The Complete Montana Landlord and Tenant Guide, ©1994 - 2012.
➢ Montana’s Landlord/Tenant Act in an Age of Consumerism, The Montana Lawyer, July/August 1996.
➢ A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep No More: Achieving Access to Justice in Rural Montana, Montana Law Review, Vol.70, No. 2.