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Powell, Torrington Students Receive Prestigious UW Law Scholarships

May 9, 2018
Keeley Cronin and Emily Madden

Keeley Cronin, of Powell, and Emily Madden, of Torrington, are the recipients of the University of Wyoming College of Law’s Clarence A. Brimmer Scholars award.

The Brimmer Scholarship, the largest and most prestigious award offered by the College of Law, honors the long and distinguished service of Judge Brimmer, and ensures that his career serves as an inspiration to an up-and-coming generation of legal professionals.

The Brimmer scholar is selected from a pool of finalists who interview before the Brimmer Scholarship selection committee. The committee consists of representatives from the judiciary, the bar, UW faculty, former clerks of Judge Brimmer and members of the Brimmer family.

While traditionally one student is selected for the scholarship, it is not unusual for more than one recipient to be selected in years where the candidates are particularly remarkable, says Christine Reed, communications director in the UW College of Law.

In addition to Cronin and Madden, this year’s finalists included Allison Connell, of Sheridan; Catherine Di Santo and David Roberts, both from Jackson; Isaiah Rose, of Castle Rock, Colo.; Allison Strube, of Laramie; and Kit Wendtland, of Sheridan.

Cronin earned dual bachelor’s degrees from UW (2013) in religious studies, and in speech, language and hearing sciences.

Among positions she has held through the externship program and summer internships include serving as a summer law clerk for Laramie Judge Tori Kricken; the Wyoming Court of the Second Judicial District; working as a summer associate for the Cheyenne law firm Hirst Applegate LLP; and working as a research assistant for the Powell law firm of Copenhaver, Kath, Kitchen and Kolpitcke.

This summer, Cronin will serve as a summer associate for Baker Hostetler in Denver, Colo.

At UW, Cronin has been involved in the Wyoming Law Students for Equal Justice Club, the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association-Student Chapter, and she competed in the 10th annual Robert R. Rose Jr. Voir Dire Competition, finishing as a semifinalist. She also worked as a staff member for the Wyoming Law Review and will serve on the Editorial Board as an article editor during her third and final year of law school.

Following graduation, Cronin will serve as a judicial law clerk for Judge Greg Phillips in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“I am honored to be a part of the continuing legacy left by Judge Brimmer in Wyoming,” Cronin says. “Being from Wyoming, the reputations that are built here are really important, and it is wonderful that this program exists to allow students to continue to impact the state in the same meaningful way he did.”

Madden is a graduate of the University of Dallas, earning her bachelor’s degree (2015) cum laude in business. In addition to working toward her Juris Doctor degree, Madden is a candidate for a Master of Public Administration degree through the joint-degree program offered at UW.

She has volunteered for legislative research through the Rural Law Center; has volunteered doing outreach work with incoming first-year law students; and has been an active participant in the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association-Student Chapter, Equal Justice Wyoming and the law fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta.

Madden has had externships with U.S. Magistrate Judge of Wyoming, judges Kelly Rankin and Kricken, and spent a week shadowing Judge Nancy Freudenthal in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming through the Legal Liftoff Program. This summer, she will be a legal intern for the Spence Law Firm in Jackson and will serve an externship with Judge Phillips.

Madden will take the helm of the Wyoming Law Review Board as editor in chief for the 2018-19 year. She has previously served as a staff member for the law review.

“I am truly humbled that I was chosen as a recipient from such a distinguished panel and amongst such an accomplished group of finalists,” Madden says. “I grew up hearing wonderful things about Judge Brimmer, and I hope to use the financial and emotional resources that attach to the Brimmer Scholarship to emulate him in my career. I am very grateful and honored for this opportunity.”

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