Director, Family and Child Legal Advocacy Clinic
B.S., University of Wyoming (1989)
J.D., University of Wyoming (1993)
Office Hours: By appointment.
Dona Playton is the Director of the Family and Child Legal Advocacy Clinic, a legal clinic established in 2002 (formerly the DV Legal Assistance Project) that allows third-year law students to represent low income clients in family and juvenile court matters, including domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking cases, as well as divorce, child custody, termination of parental rights, adoption, guardianship, and as guardians ad litem in private custody or public child welfare cases. She has been teaching at the law school since 1999. She teaches Domestic Violence and the Law and Children and the Law each year, and has taught Family Law several times. In addition, she currently co-teaches a seminar on experiential learning skills as part of the clinic she supervises.
She is certified by the American Bar Association and the National Association of Counsel for Children as a Child Welfare Law Specialist and is a trained mediator, including in advanced family law issues. As a consultant with the Wyoming Supreme Court, she authored a bench book for judges on domestic violence and participated in the drafting of pro se forms and legal information on family law, juvenile law and violence against women issues for the Equal Justice Wyoming website. She also authored and updates the Legal Rights of Women in Wyoming, a publication of the Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues. Additionally, she has experience testifying as an expert in domestic violence cases in both circuit and district courts in Wyoming.
Teaching: Children and the Law, Domestic Violence, Family and Child Legal Advocacy Clinic, Family and Child Legal Advocacy Seminar, Family Law
Affiliations, Associations, Consultation: Dona Playton serves on several statewide committees, including the Children’s Trust Fund, Children’s Justice Project Advisory Council, the Access to Justice Commission, and the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Board. She is licensed to practice law in Wyoming and Colorado, and is a member of the American Bar Association, Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Women in Dispute Resolution, National Association of Women Lawyers, and the National Association of Counsel for Children.