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Hon. Scott W. Skavdahl

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Judge Scott W. Skavdahl was born and raised in Western Nebraska. He received his B.S. in political economics from the University of Wyoming in 1989, and his law degree from the University of Wyoming, School of Law in 1992. He served as production manager for the Land and Water Law Review and as Student Director for the Western Trial Advocacy Institute.

In 1992, Judge Skavdahl joined the Casper, Wyoming law firm of Brown, Drew & Massey, LLP as an associate attorney, and in 1994, accepted a law clerk position with the Honorable William F. Downes, United States District Judge for the District of Wyoming. In 1997, after completing a three-year clerkship with Judge Downes, Judge Skavdahl joined the law firm of Williams, Porter, Day & Neville, P.C. in Casper, Wyoming. As a partner in the firm, his practice focused on civil litigation.

In December of 2001, Judge Skavdahl was appointed a Part-Time United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Wyoming and in July 2003, he was appointed by Governor Freudenthal to the Seventh Judicial District as a District Court Judge. Judge Skavdahl again returned to the Federal bench on February 1, 2011, to serve as the full time Magistrate Judge for the District of Wyoming. On February 16, 2011, President Obama nominated Judge Skavdahl to serve as a Wyoming Federal District Court Judge, replacing the Honorable William F. Downes in Casper, Wyoming. On November 3, 2011, Judge Skavdahl’s nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate. He resides in Casper, Wyoming with his wife and daughter.

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