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Law Week events are open to students and the public. Refreshments will be served at each event. Updates are being made to the schedule, make sure you check back frequently to see what is being added! 

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12:30PM-1:10PM • ROOM 178 • WOMEN'S LAW FORUM • 1 CLE

Speaker: Marcia Shanor, President of Equality State Policy Center (ESPC), Executive Director of Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association

Overview: Join Marcia Shanor as she discusses ESPC's goals moving forward, which include becoming legislators, improving the lives of Wyoming's people, and the background on how and why ESPC came to be.


Speaker: Kevin Keyes, Staff Attorney, Office of General Counsel at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Overview: Kevin Keyes is a staff attorney practicing labor and employment law with the Department of Veterans Affairs stationed in Denver, Colorado. Kevin joined the VA at the end of February 2021. Prior to joining the VA, he worked as a prosecutor in the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, handing felony criminal matters ranging from hit and run to homicide.   

Kevin is a change of career person, having worked as a professional actor for a number of years before going to law school. Kevin graduated from the University of Denver Law School in 2009 and worked for LexisNexis as an education specialist / legal publishing representative. While working for Lexis, Kevin studied tax law at DU and graduated with an LL.M. Taxation in 2015. Kevin practiced tax controversy law before making his way to the DA’s office.  

For the past seven years, Kevin has been an adjunct professor and trial team coach for the National Trial Team at DU Law School. In the past two years his teams have won two national mock trial tournaments, including numerous individual advocacy awards. He is also the tournament director for DU’s national mock trial tournament, The Summit Cup, hosting the best law school trial teams from across the country each October. 


12:30PM-1:10PM • ROOM 178 • PAD FRATERNITY • 1 CLE

Speaker: Kelly Blue, Attorney at Law

Overview: Kelly Blue was a paralegal with a 2nd grader and a 5th grader who applied for law school on a dare, got wait-listed, failed the bar exam, and got laid off her first legal job and managed to turn all those broken eggs into the only attorney in private practice in a town of 2200 residents.  Find out how you too can fail upward after law school in her presentation about the hazards of working for yourself in Western Wyoming.


Speaker: David P. Hersh, Shareholder, Burg Simpson

Overview: Join David P. Hersh as he discusses his experience as an attorney, as well as his perspective on the well-being of lawyers, life-balance, and the culture of silence surrounding mental health, substance abuse, and the needs of attorneys in the field. He will address the stigma related to needing help, having problems, and/or struggling as a working attorney.

6:00PM-7:00PM • ROOM 178 • OUTLAW • 1 CLE

Speaker: Ryann Peyton, Director of Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program and Colorado Bar Association President

Overview: Join Ryann Peyton for a presentation that will focus on employment discrimination and diversity in the legal field. 

Ryann serves as Director of the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP). Prior to joining CAMP, Ryann focused their legal practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on LGBTQ families and civil rights. Ryann has been routinely recognized for their legal practice, most recently earning the 2022 40 under 40 award from Denver Business Journal and the 2019 American Bar Association Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyer Professionalism award. Ryan sits on the boards of several Colorado legal organizations and leads the Colorado Bar Association as president. 

Obstacles and Opportunities in Allyship: Strategies for Communicating Courageously

This program provides an opportunity to gain insights into the depth and breadth of identities and experiences represented within our legal community and foster a greater understanding of the many aspects of critical allyship and its practice. In this workshop, we will explore the most common assumptions embedded into today’s diversity, equity, and inclusion landscape and discuss how these assumptions can unwittingly create polarization and resentment while undermining allyship and inclusion. The goal is to explore a different way of thinking, acting and speaking that builds connection, even during times of stress and conflict.



Speaker: Mike Gonzalez, Angeles T. Arrendo E Pluribus Unum Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Speaker Bio: Mike Gonzalez writes on Critical Race Theory, identity politics, diversity, multiculturalism, assimilation and nationalism, as well as foreign policy in general. He spent close to 20 years as a journalist, 15 of them reporting from Europe, Asia and Latin America. He left journalism to join the administration of President George W. Bush, where he was speechwriter for Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox before moving on to the State Department’s European Bureau.

4:30PM-5:30PM • ROOM 178 • EQUAL JUSTICE • 1 CLE

Speaker(s): Professor Fredrick Douglass Dixon, Assistant Professor, African American and Diaspora Studies, University of Wyoming Black Studies Center 

Professor Lauren McLane, Associate Professor of Law & Director, Defender Aid Clinic, University of Wyoming, College of Law 

Topic: From Slave Patrols to “Community Policing” and the Supreme Court’s Licensing of Pretextual Traffic Stops 

Overview: Join Professor McLane from our law school and Professor Dixon from the Black Studies Center for a critical discussion on race and policing. The history and evolution of policing will be discussed. The seminal case on authorizing pretextual traffic stops, Whren v. United States (1996), will also be examined and carefully analyzed to determine its continued relevancy and place in Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. 


6:00PM-7:00PM • ROOM 178 • BEYOND THE LAW • 1 CLE

Speaker:  Adam Pascarella, Founder and CEO of Second Order Capital Management

Overview: Adam Pascarella is the founder and CEO of Second Order Capital Management, an investment management firm located in New York City. Previously, he was a practicing attorney at Baker McKenzie, where he specialized in general commercial litigation. Adam is also the author of Reversed in Part: 15 Law School Grads on Pursuing Non-Traditional Careers, which reached #1 new release status on Amazon.  

Adam received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His work has been featured in publications like ABA for Law Students, Law360, Lexology, The Startup, and the New York Public Library. 



Overview: This is a unique opportunity in which the five Justices from the Wyoming Supreme Court visit the College of Law to hear the oral arguments from practicing attorneys. Following the arguments, the Justices will hold a Q&A session with audience members. 

Chief Justice

Catherine Fox



Keith Kautz



Lynne Boomgaarden



Kari Jo Gray



John G. Fenn

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Speaker(s): Justice Kari Gray, Wyoming Supreme Court 

Honorable Bridget Hill, Attorney General 

Matthew Obrecht, Director, Legislative Service Office 

Moderator:  Sharon Buccino, College of Law 

Title: Roundtable Discussion:  Wyoming Government in Action and the Role Lawyers Play 

Overview: The discussion will focus on the workings of the three branches of Wyoming government.  We will discuss: (1) the operations of the Legislature; (2) how the Governor and agencies interact with the Legislature; (3) the job of the courts; (4) and the exciting roles that lawyers play in each of the three branches. 




The Trelease Dinner is a banquet hosted by John Burman Student Government to celebrate the close of Law Week, and to honor the work and legacy of Frank J. Trelease, a premier Western water law scholar, a professor for 33 years, and Dean of the University of Wyoming College of Law for 12 years.  

The guest speaker is Anne Mackinnon, a Wyoming-based journalist who is armed with a law degree and a PhD in natural resource economics. Ms. Mackinnon will be speaking about her newest publication entitled, Public Waters. This book details the importance of water in the West and the evolution of water law in the State of Wyoming. Additionally, Ms. Mackinnon’s book discusses what we can learn about the historic handling of water rights in the West. 

The Trelease Dinner is held at the Alice Hardy Center at the Ivinson Mansion. There will be a social hour from 6pm—7pm, with dinner and the guest presentation to follow thereafter.   

Ticketing Information: Tickets to the Trelease Dinner are $25/each and are available for purchase by visiting: Tickets can be paid for via Venmo or by visiting the College of Law during tabling hours.



Law week '22 will be wrapped on Saturday, October 22, with a Homecoming Tailgate at the College of Law. There will be barbecue, drinks, and games hosted before the Wyoming Cowboys take on Utah State University. More information will be announced when game details are finalized.

Disclaimer Statement: The UW College of Law promotes an environment of open discourse that welcomes all views. Use of College of Law facilities, advertising through College of Law channels, or College of Law sponsorship does not imply approval or endorsement of any views expressed. 

Guests or members of the public attending law week events or programs that would like to request disability accommodations are requested to reach out to Tazmine Haut at


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