Issue: April, 2005
Author: Mark W Harris
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From the President . . .
Lawyers in Service to the State
In past columns, I have emphasized the importance of lawyers being involved in public service as judges, citizen legislators and community leaders. This commitment to improving our state is also evident when lawyers are appointed to boards and commissions by the Governor. Five members of the Wyoming State Bar were recently appointed to serve on influential boards, many of which do not have a direct correlation to the practice of law.
Jim Applegate of Cheyenne is currently serving his second term on the Wyoming Retirement System Board. The Wyoming Retirement System Board is an important state agency overseeing the retirement system for thousands of Wyoming employees. Jim, a former state senator, also actively pursues the practice of law and serves the Cheyenne community by being on many boards.
Frank Mendicino was recently appointed to the Wyoming Business Council. The Wyoming Business Council is at a crucial crossroads with its development and attempts to foster economic development and job creation throughout the state. Frank, a former Wyoming Attorney General, graciously accepted an appointment to the Wyoming Business Council during a time when the Business Council has several requests for several millions of dollars to foster economic development. His input will be invaluable to the Council. He also has been very active on the University of Wyoming Foundation Board.
Lynne Boomgaarden has been appointed to the Enhanced and Improved Oil Recovery Commission. Lynne’s expertise in this area as an attorney should help and improve the quality of the Commission and its deliberative process. Lynne’s work as director of the Office of State Lands and Investments is also greatly appreciated.
Dennis Boal was recently appointed by Governor Freudenthal to the Environmental Quality Council. Dennis is a former Assistant Attorney General and currently serves as a City Attorney for the City of Evanston. I know that Dennis takes great pride in his work. He will be an invaluable asset to the Environmental Quality Council and will strengthen its policy and decision making processes.
The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees is fortunate to have Dave Palmerlee, Warren Lauer and Dick Davis as members. The Wyoming State Bar is proud to have three of its members serve on this board. I believe that the attorneys’ insight will strengthen the Board’s process development and will play a critical role in the future of selecting a new President for the University. Remember that all of these attorneys serve in other capacities for the Wyoming State Bar and maintain private practice.
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