Stephen D. Easton
Professor of Law
A.A., Northland Community and Technical College (1978)
B.A., Dickinson State University (1980), summa cum laude
J.D., Stanford Law School (1983)
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Stephen D. Easton served as dean of the University of Wyoming College of Law from July 1, 2009 through November 15, 2013.
Easton earned his A.A. (1978) at Northland Community and Technical College, received his B.A. summa cum laude (1980) at Dickinson State University and earned his J.D. (1983) at Stanford Law School.
Easton's research, writing, and speaking focus on expert witnesses, effective trial advocacy and professional responsibility (ethics). He is the author of How to Win Jury Trials: Building Credibility with Judges and Jurors, a handbook for trial attorneys. He is a popular continuing legal education speaker who has been invited to speak to groups of practicing trial attorneys in dozens of states. He has led two Spence Law Firm Historic Trials: State of Wyoming v. Amos W. Barber (regarding the Johnson County Cattle War) on October 29, 2014, and U.S. v. John Wilkes Booth (regarding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln) on April 11, 2016.
Easton was previously the C.A. Leedy Professor of Law at the University of Missouri, where he won several university and national teaching and writing awards, including the Pound Civil Justice Institute Richard S. Jacobson Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy, the University of Missouri's William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, the American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Writing Prize and Mizzou's Excellence in Education and Golden Chalk Awards.
In law school, Easton was associate managing editor of the Stanford Law Review and president of the Stanford Law Forum. Before starting his teaching career, he was a law clerk to The Honorable Joseph T. Sneed of the United States Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California; an associate and partner with the Pearce & Durick in Bismarck, North Dakota; and the United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota in Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota.
Teaching: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Famous Trials, Professional Responsibility, Summer Trial Institute (including the Alaska Summer Trial Institute at the University of Alaska-Ankorage), Trial Practice