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Law Week 2012|College of Law

Law Week 2012

October 22-26, 2012

Sponsored by the Potter Law Club


During Law Week 2012 the College of Law welcomed the following speakers in addition to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Law Week is an annual event sponsored by the Potter Law Club. Many of the events are offered for CLE credit.


The Right of Indian Tribes to be Self-Governing

Speaker: Steven Pevar

Sponsor: ACLU of Wyoming

Synopsis: The US Supreme Court has described Indian tribes as "quasi-sovereign" and "domestic dependent nations." But to what extent are tribes self-governing today? If tribes are no longer fully sovereign, how and when did they lose the independence they possessed prior to the arrival of Europeans? This presentation will discuss the right of tribal self-government, focusing on the views of both Indians and non-Indians on this controversial subject, and examine some court decisions that have shaped this area of the law.

The Native American Rights Fund: Natural Resource and Environmental Issues facing First Nations

Speaker: Don Wharton; bio

Sponsor: Multicultural Law Students Association

Synopsis: Mr. Wharton is a staff attorney at the Native American Rights Fund.  He will lead a talk concerning Native American rights and legal issues including how N.A.R.F. deals with natural resource issues such as water rights and environmental laws.


Justice Byron R. White: The Legend and the Man

Speaker: Judge David Ebel of the Tenth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals

Sponsor: The Historical Society of the Tenth Judicial Circuit


Tenth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals - Oral Arguments

Sponsor: Potter Law Club

Time/Location: 8:30 am - 12:15 pm, Room 178

Frac(k) to the Future: A Balanced Discussion of the Future of Hydraulic Fracturing in Wyoming

Speaker: Ryan Lance, Shannon Anderson, and Paul Ulrich

Sponsor: Natural Resource Law Club

Synopsis: This panel will present a balanced discussion of hydraulic fracturing in Wyoming from three crucial perspectives. First, Ryan Lance will provide a Wyoming state government perspective.  Mr. Lance serves as the Director of the Office of State Lands and Investments, and is a member of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.  Second, Shannon Anderson will provide a Wyoming environmental perspective.  Ms. Anderson serves as the Powder River Basin Resource Council’s main attorney, working primarily on energy issues, including deep oil and gas development.  Ms. Anderson is also the Council's lead lobbyist at the Wyoming Legislature.  Third, Paul Ulrich will provide a Wyoming industry perspective.  Mr. Ulrich serves as the Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for EnCana Oil and Gas, USA, primarily focusing on project management.  All three panel members will discuss their views on how to best regulate hydraulic fracturing in Wyoming.


NCAA Compliance and Issues Facing College Sports

Speaker: Peter Prigge

Sponsor: Sports & Entertainment Law Club

Synopsis: Mr. Prigge is a current employee of the University of Wyoming Athletic Department Compliance Office; a recipient of the Sports Law Certificate from the National Sports Law Institute; and former President of the Marquette University Law School Student Chapter of the Sports Law Society.  He will present on NCAA compliance issues.


Bring Balance to Your Professional Life: The Law and Family

Speaker: Henry F. Bailey Jr.

Sponsor: J. Ruben Clark Society 

Synopsis: Cheyenne attorney, Henry F. "Hank" Bailey will be joining us to discuss life after law school, balancing life, family, faith, and the practice of law.  Mr. Bailey has practiced in Wyoming since graduating from the UW law school in 1978 with honors.  His practice covers a broad range of topics, including civil and criminal trials, professional negligence, and RR law.


Crude: The Real Price of Oil 

Sponsor: Wyoming Law Students for Equal Justice and Wyoming Society for International Law

Synopsis: Documentary, 2009.  One of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet.  An inside look at the infamous $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case, CRUDE is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures.  Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film examines a complicated situation from several angles while bringing a story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.


A Panel Presentation on Big Oil in Third World Countries

Speakers:Sponsors: Wyoming Law Students for Equal Justice, Wyoming Society for International Law, PLC, and the International Program

Wyoming Supreme Court Oral Arguments 

Sponsor: Potter Law Club

Synopsis: The Court will hear oral arguments in the cases of:

1)      S-12-0095; Wilson Advisory Committee v. Board of County Commissioners, Teton County, WY and C&J, LLC

2)      S-12-0034;Hutchinson v. Wyoming

*Please see Court Room Decorum & Protocol; Oral arguments will be followed by a question and answer session for the audience.


Trelease Dinner

Speaker: Larry Wolfe of Holland and Hart

Sponsor: Potter Law Club

So You Think You Can Beat a Polygraph? 

Speaker: Brian Morris

Sponsor: The Federalist Society

Synopsis:  Mr. Morris will be discussing the use of polygraph technology, as well as conducting a mock polygraph exam.

“We Don’t Want YOU To Vote! That’s Why!”: Today’s Attack on Voting Rights

Speaker: Professor Jessie Allen

Sponsor: American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Synopsis:  Professor Jessie Allen will discuss voting rights.


It is the policy of UW College of Law to promote an environment of open discourse that welcomes all views. College of Law Students, Student Organizations, Faculty and Staff are free to express opinions publicly and privately. The expression of a diverse range of views is welcome and encouraged. This freedom should be exercised in a manner which does not disrupt the regular and essential operations of the College of Law or UW. 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.

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