Susan Gecho Gobbs

Susan Gecho Gobbs is the Executive Director of People’s Law Center, a statewide non profit legal organization with 4 offices providing assistance to individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits. Her practice involves all levels of administrative work with the Social Security Administration as well as appeals to the United States District Court. She has done this work as part of her practice for entire career and exclusively since she joined People’s Law Center. A conservative estimate is that she has appeared in well over 1,000 hearings for individuals seeking social security disability benefits.

Before joining PLC in July 2002, she was employed by Montana Legal Services Association in both their Havre and Helena offices for a total of 14 years. She became the Executive Director August 2007 and currently holds that position. She is licensed to practice in 3 Tribal Courts in Montana as well as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. While with MLSA she worked in a myriad of areas in both the legal arena (family, Indian, benefits, landlord/tenant and consumer law among others) and the administrative area. Prior to working for MLSA she was in private practice working in the criminal defense, immigration, Indian and family law areas.

Susan is the Chair of the State Bar of Montana’s Continuing Legal Education Institute and is responsible for planning and executing training of various kinds to attorneys and others interested in legal issues in Montana. She is a member of the Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators and is co-chair of their public interest committee. She is a past officer in the Child and Family Law Section of the State Bar of Montana and the past President of the 12th Judicial District Bar Association.

An almost native (she made the mistake of being born elsewhere), Susan grew up in Southwestern Montana. She graduated from MSU in 1982, did graduate work atMSU from 1982-1984, graduated from UM Law School in 1987 and is currently enrolled a Master’s of Public Administration program run jointly by MSU and UM. Sufficed to say, she never really knows who to cheer for during the Cat-Griz game.

Beside her legal work for low income Montanans, Susan has been involved in providing food for those in need in Montana and elsewhere. She is the past Chairman of the Board of the Montana Food Bank Network and was involved with MFBN for 15 years. She has also been a member of several other non profit boards including the North Havre Community Food Bank, Helena Food Share, Helena YMCA, Summit Project, Montana Appleseed, as well as others.

She is married and has two daughters.