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picture of law students with badges acknowledging top school for employment and family law University of Wyoming College of Law Rakes in Accolades for High Employment, Best Value and Top Law School for Family Law

September 16, 2020 — The College of Law was recently recognized for excellence in several different categories.

A quote about doing your civic duty, and a little bit more. Local Law Firm Pence and MacMillan LLC Celebrates 75th Anniversary and College of Law Alumni

September 9, 2020 — While the College of Law marked its 100-year anniversary, a local law firm that shares many close ties to the law school is also celebrating it 75th anniversary.

summer trial students collage College of Law Celebrates Ten Years of Summer Trial and the Terry W. Mackey Scholarship

September 8, 2020 — The College of Law recently completed its annual Summer Trial Institute Program, marking the program's tenth anniversary. Making the year even more special was the decision to award the Terry W. Mackey Scholarship to a summer trial student.

addie myers and prof. novogrodsky in Uganda with partners Uganda Constitutional Court Issues Landmark Decision on Women’s Rights

September 3, 2020 — On August 19, 2020, the Constitutional Court of Uganda announced a major victory for Ugandan women, human rights, and the Kampala-based Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) in a case that University of Wyoming College of Law faculty and students have been involved in since 2012.

George Mocsary Professor George Mocsary Releases Updated Online Chapters of “Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy”

August 7, 2020 — Professor Mocsary recently offered an updated version of the supplemental chapters to his co-authored publication, “Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy” (2nd ed. 2017).

Tara Righetti Professor Tara Righetti Publishes in Yale Law Journal and Other High Ranking Law Review Journals

July 17, 2020 — Professor Tara Righetti of the College of Law recently released a myriad of articles published by top law journals nationally and internationally.

Justice Neil Gorsuch UW College of Law Postpones Visit by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

July 2, 2020 — As the public health situation continues to be of concern regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the University of Wyoming College of Law has made the difficult decision to postpone the much-anticipated visit of United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Christian Ryan and Emily Williams Criminal Law Clinics Close out Academic Year in Front of the Wyoming Supreme Court

June 30, 2020 — Students in the Prosecution Assistance Program and the Defender Aid Clinic appeared remotely before the Wyoming Supreme Court during the June session of oral arguments. Both clinics were represented on separate cases in their respective clinics.

clerkship rankings screenshot showing Wyoming at 30th Wyoming Ranked 30th in the Nation for Federal Judicial Clerkships

June 25, 2020 — The University of Wyoming College of Law is ranked 30th in the nation this year for students placed in federal judicial clerkships.

Lizzie Stephani and Nathan Cowper Two University of Wyoming College of Law Students Selected to the Editorial Board of the Harvard Journal of Law and Policy’s Symposium Issue

June 17, 2020 — Two University of Wyoming College of Law Students were selected to the editorial board of the Harvard Journal of Law and Policy’s Thirty-Ninth Annual Federalist Society National Student Symposium Issue.

Professor Duff Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis, Professor Michael C. Duff is a Voice of Expertise

June 5, 2020 — Quoted by The Guardian, Reuters, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Law, Professor Duff is now one of the most quoted experts in the nation on OSHA and COVID-19, and has become a go-to-person for the national news.

Amy Pettit Student Publishes Article in Institute for Energy Law, Energy Law Advisor

June 3, 2020 — During her final year of law school, recent graduate Amy Pettit teamed up with researchers at the School of Energy Resources to co-author an article examining Section 45Q, a federal tax credit for carbon oxide sequestration.

Professor Duff, Judge Simpson, Emily Williams College of Law Graduation 2020

May 11, 2020 — The College of Law will celebrate the Class of 2020 with a virtual commencement ceremony. The graduation ceremony will take place as originally planned on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10:00am MST.

Addie Myers International Human Rights Clinic Makes Major Headway on Ugandan Women’s Health Rights Case

April 28, 2020 — As a follow-up to a hearing before the Ugandan Constitutional Court on a case in the clinic, third-year law student Adelaide Myers traveled to Uganda with the faculty supervisors of the clinic, Carl M. Williams Professor of Law and Ethics Professor Noah Novogrodsky, and Jamie Crawford, the Robert J. Golten Fellow at the College of Law.

Professor Ken Chestek Professor Kenneth D. Chestek Publishes Article in the Mississippi Law Journal

April 8, 2020 — Professor Kenneth D. Chestek recently published an article in the Mississippi Law Journal. Professor Chestek, who serves as the Assistant Director for both the Legal Writing Program at the College of Law as well as the Center for the Study of Written Advocacy (CSWA), has a keen interest in legal writing and politics and often writes on how language and rhetorical tools can highly influence thoughts and perceptions in politics.

students feet on top of steamboat logo Operating in a Pandemic: Clinical Programs Continue to Serve the State

April 3, 2020 — The experiential learning programs at the College of Law have demonstrated a remarkable level of resiliency in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak while still offering the same quality services. In particular, the faculty and students in the clinical programs have been incredibly adaptive in a short window of time in order to protect themselves as wells their clients.

Badges for Best Value and Best School for Practical Training along with Centennial Celebration Logo College of Law Ranked Best School for Practical Training and Best Value Law School

April 2, 2020 — The University of Wyoming had another successful academic year earning distinction as a Best Law School for Practical Training and a Best Value Law School by PreLaw and The National Jurist Magazines. The College of Law has garnered recognition in both categories for six years running.

Professor James M. Delaney Professor James M. Delaney Elected as an American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Fellow

March 27, 2020 — Professor James M. Delaney, the Winston S. Howard Distinguished Professor of Law and Federal Tax Law expert at the University of Wyoming College of Law, was recently recognized and honored by the membership of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC) who elected Professor Delaney as Fellow of the College.

tayler-connor-terisa Energy Students Visit Industry Sites and EENR Clinic Students Argue Before the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

March 24, 2020 — Under the direction of Professor Tara Righetti of the College of Law, and with the support of Kris Koski (J.D., ’08), Associate Lecturer at the School of Energy Resources, students in both programs have ample opportunity to interact with each other, as well as gain valuable first-and experiences through visits to governing and regulatory entities, as well as resource extraction sites. The purpose of these tours is to build upon the concepts learned in the oil, gas, and mineral law coursework.

law logo 2020 Honors Banquet

March 4, 2020 — The College of Law will recognize The Honorable Gregory A. Phillips, The Honorable Michael R. Murphy, Gina Guy, Professor Steve Easton, and Dean Emeritus Frank Trelease at the 2020 Honors Banquet.

justice gorsuch U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch to Speak at UW College of Law’s Centennial Celebration

February 26, 2020 — United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch will visit the University of Wyoming College of Law and campus Sept. 16-17 in honor of the College of Law’s 100th anniversary. Gorsuch will make two public appearances where the public can attend.

brittany thorpe and heidi reeves-messner Family and Child Legal Advocacy Clinic: Impacting Lives Inside and Outside the Courtroom

February 25, 2020 — Students in the Family and Child Legal Advocacy Clinic have been hard at work throughout the academic year, navigating the daily grind. While the perception that many cases are not always glamorous, for the people whose lives they are affecting, they are everything. Students in the clinic have thrived under the high stakes, high-pressure issues for their clients, and proven that they can hold their own both inside and outside the courtroom.

Jennifer Dean, Brent Rhodes, and Professor Danielle Cover in courtroom Students in Civil Legal Services Clinic Make History with Jury Trial Victory

February 13, 2020 — Civil Legal Services Clinic students Brent Rhodes and Jennifer Dean concluded a two-day jury trial in the District Court of Wyoming for the First Judicial District in front of the Honorable Steven K. Sharpe.

jada garofalo and madeleine lewis Recent Graduates Publish Article in Noted Environmental Law Journal

February 12, 2020 — Two recent graduates from the law class of 2019 have a recently published a peer-reviewed article in The Environmental Law Reporter, a noted and well-respected academic journal in the area of environmental law.

Jerry Parkinson College of Law Kicks Off Hundredth Anniversary Year with Centennial Speaker Series

February 10, 2020 — The University of Wyoming College of Law launched its hundredth anniversary festivities Thursday, February 6, with the first presentation of the Centennial Speaker Series.

Professor Michael Smith Professor Michael R. Smith receives the Mary S. Lawrence Award

January 30, 2020 — Professor R. Smith is the 2019 recipient of the Mary S. Lawrence Award. Professor Smith was nominated by his peers in the legal writing community and was selected for the award by the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI).

attorneys argue before Judge in the Large Moot Court Room Law School Hosts Real Jury Trial in the College’s Courtroom

January 27, 2020 — The College of Law was honored and privileged to serve as the host venue for the District Court of Wyoming for the Second Judicial District, where a full criminal jury trial was conducted January 21-23, 2020.

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