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Issue: February, 2008
Author: Sleeter C. Dover, Esq.

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Executive Director's Report

Help Us Help You!

The new year is off and running and we here at your State Bar office in Cheyenne are back in the trenches and enthusiastically moving forward with established and projected programs and activities. Marching orders have been issued by your Officers and Commissioners, and we are diligently moving forward with routine day-to-day, planned, and newly established goals and projects.

In general, the By-laws of the Wyoming State Bar provide that the staff of the Wyoming State Bar, headed by the executive director, is prepared to furnish assistance to any section or committee including, but not limited to;

a. Providing general information in amplification of policy.
b. Providing financial statements, paying appropriate reimbursements and section or committee expenses and collecting dues.
c. Assisting in obtaining resource materials.
d. Clarifying and coordinating activities of sections and committees.

Be assured that this assistance, and more, is readily available to your section or committee. We not only encourage section and committee leaders, but we actually implore you to help us help you and your section or committee to actively provide specialized services to section and committee members by promotion of educational and service commitments and performance of assigned duties and tasks on behalf of the general membership.

Regrettably, I must agree with and I am certainly well aware of and have too often seen the truth of the old truism “if you want something done, ask a busy person.” I surmise that the Wyoming State Bar has, and will probably continue, to add support and substance to this notion by also “asking busy people” to get things done on behalf of and for the benefit of the membership as a whole.

While attempting not to lecture, I think it instructive to note the following “purposes” of the Wyoming State Bar as outlined in the Rules Providing for the Organization and Government of the Bar Association and Attorneys as found in the Wyoming Court Rules.

Rule 3. Purposes

The purposes of the Wyoming State Bar are: to aid the courts in maintaining and improving the administration of justice; to foster, maintain and require on the part of those engaged in the practice of law, high standards of integrity, learning, competence, public service, and conduct; to safeguard proper professional interests of members of the Bar; to encourage the formation, maintenance, and activities of local bar associations; to provide a forum for the discussion of and effective action concerning subjects pertaining to the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform, and relations of the Bar to the public; to provide for the continuing legal education of members of the Bar; to insure that the responsibilities of the legal profession to the public are more effectively discharged; and to provide procedures concerning disciplinary matters which come before it; and to do all things necessary to effectuate the purposes of this rule and the functions and purposes set forth in the Bylaws of the Wyoming State Bar.”

Now, I don’t believe there are any among us that can in good conscience assert that the Wyoming State Bar has not, or is not, successfully meeting or exceeding the purposes as herein outlined. The concern and disappointment from this office, however, revolves around the fact that, with your help, the potential is there for so very much more to be done.

It saddens me to receive inquiries or outright pronouncements from members, or even more disturbing, from committee and section leaders, regarding “what is the Bar doing about this section or committee?’ “What is the Bar supposed to be doing with this committee or section?” “What does this committee do? “What does this section do?” “Do we meet?” When do we meet?” “How do we meet?” “Where do we meet?” etc., etc., etc.

The point I am hoping to make, and there is a point, is that we are here to support and assist YOU and YOUR needs as you lead and guide your committee or section towards a successful and rewarding committee or section experience. We ask you to be the “idea guy or gal” within your sphere of influence and areas of expertise, and we will assist and support your needs and wants in any possible way we can. We here at the Bar office act in a support role to all of our committees and sections. We are ill prepared, and ill suited to presume to preempt the substantive role of member attorneys in advancing the goals, responsibilities and duties of the various sections and committees of the Wyoming State Bar.

One of the most constant complimentary refrains I hear from out-of-state members of this Bar concerns the “family” atmosphere and “can do” spirit exhibited by members of the Wyoming State Bar. This perception and tradition is not an accident. It was created and nurtured by those that came before us, and it is our duty to enhance and propagate that legacy. With your ideas and enthusiastic involvement, and the assistance of the Bar staff, the legacy must, and will, live on.

Please, help us help you.

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