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2013 Annual Meeting - Recognition Events & Social Functions

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Welcome Reception
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 5:00 p.m.
Heritage Center Lobby

The Wyoming State Bar would like to welcome you to this year’s Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference. Join Bar members, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and members of the Judiciary for a few hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Enjoy seeing old friends and meeting some new ones!

Judicial Luncheon
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 @ 12:00 p.m.
Wyoming Center @ CAM-PLEX

  Hon. Kevin Burke
Hon. Kevin Burke
Keynote Speaker: Hon. Kevin Burke
District Judge
Hennepin County, Minnesota

Kevin Burke is a District Judge in Hennepin County, Minnesota. He is one of the most recognized leaders within the American judiciary. Judge Burke was elected for four terms as Chief Judge and three terms as Assistant Chief Judge. During this time he instituted social science studies – and reforms improving – procedural fairness. From 1991 – 1996 he served as the Chair of the Conference of Chief Judges. He chaired the State Board of Public Defense, and was a leader in the effort to improve and expand the state’s public defender system.

Judge Burke has been named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the history of Minnesota by Law & Politics magazine. In 1996 he was named a Toll Fellow. The Toll Fellowship identifies emerging state leaders from all three branches of government. In 1997 he received the Director’s Community Leadership Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2002 the National Center for State Courts awarded him the Distinguished Service Award. In 2003 he was selected as the William H. Rehnquist Award recipient by the National Center for State Courts. The Rehnquist Award is presented annually to a state judge who exemplifies the highest level of judicial excellence, integrity, fairness and professional ethics. He was awarded Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine in 2004. In 2005 the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates named him Trial Judge of the Year. The American Bar Association named him Judicial Educator of the year in 2010.

Judge Burke teaches at the University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas law schools. For many years he served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute’s Reflective Leadership Program. He has been a speaker in 38 states as well as Abu Dhabi, Canada, Egypt, Mexico, China, India and Ireland regarding improvement in judicial administration and court leadership.

Judge Burke has authored numerous articles, and is the co-author of two American Judges Association White Papers, “Procedural Fairness: A Key Ingredient in Public Satisfaction” and “Minding the Court: Enhancing the Decision-Making Process.” He presently serves on the Board of the Institute for the Reform of the American Legal System. He is a past Board member of the National Center for State Courts and the American Judicature Society.

Cocktails & Comedy
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 @ 5:00 p.m.
Wyoming Center @ CAM-PLEX

  Kip Attaway
Kip Attaway
Entertainment: Kip Attaway

Kip Attaway released his first album in 1980. Two songs from that record made it into the top 100 on the country charts. In 1986 his band took first place in the Marlboro National Talent Search. Since then, Kip has released twelve more CDs. His solo career has evolved into a combination of comedy, music and mayhem. He has entertained all over the world, including Hawaii, Bermuda and Australia. Kip stays busy livening up the corporate party circuit with his parodies and impersonations poking fun at rock-n-roll and country music.

Lawyers Making a Difference Luncheon
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 12:00 p.m.
Wyoming Center @ CAM-PLEX

  Hon. William Downes (Ret.)
Hon. William Downes (Ret.)
Hon. William F. Downes (Ret.) has 17 years of experience as a federal judge in the U.S. District Court of Wyoming, 12 years as the Chief Judge. Judge Downes has extensive experience presiding over both bench and jury trials in areas such as product liability, energy matters, civil rights, catastrophic personal injury, and professional liability. Prior to becoming a judge, he was an accomplished trial lawyer in Wyoming, handling cases ranging from tort and real estate matters to medical malpractice and personal injury disputes.

2013 Annual Banquet
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 6:00 p.m.
Wyoming Center @ CAM-PLEX

  Jack Ford
Jack Ford
Keynote Speaker: Jack Ford

Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, nationally recognized trial attorney, author, and teacher, Jack Ford has had a unique and remarkably successful career. Raised by a single parent, his journey has taken him from a small town in New Jersey to Yale University, where he was a three-year starter on the varsity football team, to the Fordham University School of Law, where he helped finance his legal education with winnings from three appearances on the television quiz show, Jeopardy!, to courtrooms throughout the country, and, ultimately, to the upper echelons of television journalism.

Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Ford spent three years as a prosecutor in New Jersey before entering private practice. He became a well-known and respected trial attorney, successfully handling such high profile cases as the Northeast’s first death penalty trial, one of the nation’s first corporate homicide cases, and the Wall Street insider trading scandal of the late 1980’s. In addition, he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Fordham Law School, is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Yale University, and speaks frequently at colleges and law schools across the country. His debut novel, The Osiris Alliance, was published to critical acclaim in 2009.

Currently a CBS News Legal Analyst and most recently the Anchor of Jack Ford: Courtside on Court TV, he began his television news career in 1984 as the Legal Analyst for WCBS-TV in New York. In 1991, he helped launch Court TV as one of its original anchors. During this period, he also appeared in a number of Fred Friendly’s award-winning PBS Media and Society broadcasts, including acting as Moderator for That Delicate Balance II: The Bill of Rights.

In 1994, Mr. Ford joined NBC News as Chief Legal Correspondent, reporting on major legal cases and issues for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and Dateline. In addition, he served as co-anchor for The Weekend Today Show and substitute anchor for Nightly News. Mr. Ford joined ABC News in 1999, serving as an Anchor/Correspondent for both Good Morning America and 20/20. He also hosted the ESPN show, The Sports Reporters II, from 2002-2003. During 2003-2004, he hosted a nationally syndicated morning show for CBS TV/King World.

Mr. Ford’s broadcast journalism work has been honored with a number of awards, including two Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, two National Cable Television Awards, an American Radio and Television Award, the National Headliner Award, and the March of Dimes FDR Award. In 1997, he received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, which is presented to former outstanding college athletes who have achieved extraordinary success in their professional lives. In 1998, Mr. Ford was honored as a “National Father of the Year,” and in 2009 he was a recipient of Yale University’s highest athletic honor, the “George H.W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award.”

Mr. Ford has been the recipient of five honorary degrees, recognizing his professional accomplishments and his extensive public service work. He has served as spokesman, host and/or board member for a number of charitable causes and organizations, including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, the N.J. Special Olympics, the Jimmy V Foundation, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, the Ivy League Football Association, the NCAA Honors Committee, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Monmouth University (NJ), and Yale University.

Annual Business Meeting Breakfast
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 7:00 a.m.
Wyoming Center @ CAM-PLEX

Keep abreast of the latest in Wyoming’s legal community. Join Chief Justice Marilyn S. Kite, Wyoming Supreme Court; C. John Cotton, Wyoming State Bar President; Denise Burke, Executive Director of the Wyoming State Bar; Stephen D. Easton, Dean of the University of Wyoming College of Law; and John P. LaBuda, Treasurer of the Wyoming State Bar, as they each provide an update from their respective organization. Also hear from Wyoming State Bar Delegate to the ABA, Dale W. Cottam, and learn of recent developments at the American Bar Association.

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