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William U. Hill -- 2005 Outstanding Alumnus
Bachelor of Arts - 1974 - English
William U. Hill received a B.A in English in 1970 and then
attended UW Law School, graduating in 1974. Hill’s contributions to the
legal profession and the public sector include: private practice in
Riverton, Cheyenne, and Seattle, Washington; serving as chief of
staff-counsel to Senator Malcolm Wallop; working as an assistant United
States attorney, specializing in prosecuting major drug cases and
violent crimes; and acting as Wyoming’s Attorney General under Governor
As attorney general, Hill emphasized using assistant attorneys general, rather than outside counsel, to handle significant litigation in which Wyoming was a party. He was also an outspoken advocate for victims’ rights, especially those of domestic violence. Under his leadership, Wyoming joined the Silent Witness Initiative.
Appointed to the Wyoming Supreme Court in 1998, Hill was sworn in as chief justice on July 1, 2002. He manages the day-to-day function of the Wyoming Supreme Court.
Hill’s love of literature and history, honed during his years as an under- graduate in A&S, is the foundation for each phase of his career. “The education I received at UW never has let me down,” he says.