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Issue: August, 2008
Author: Gay V. Woodhouse

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From the President . . .

Among the many duties and responsibilities of being the President of the Wyoming State Bar is the challenging task of planning the Bar’s Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference. Each president obviously wants his or her annual meeting to be to the one people will not soon forget. With Cheyenne attorneys Dale Cottam and Mike Rosenthal on my team, I feel confident that you’ll be pleased with the CLE courses offered this year.

As Wyoming attorneys we are fortunate to have such good relations with the members of our Judiciary. Combining our annual meeting with the judicial conference is evidence of that, and Wyoming is one of few states to have a joint conference. Not only do we team up for our annual conferences, but we also take advantage of the expertise of Wyoming’s judges. Thirteen members of Wyoming’s Judiciary will be speaking at this year’s Annual Meeting. Judge Alan Johnson has invited you into his courtroom for an enlightening session on technology in the Courtroom called “Do-It-Yourself – Effective Courtroom Presentations for the Novice” including the use of a variety of tools including PowerPoint, Corel Presentations, Sanctions II and Keynote. Back by popular demand, the five Supreme Court Justices will be offering “A Day with the Supreme Court.” Enjoy an oral argument followed by comments from the Court about effective advocacy in that arena.

On that note, please join me on Wednesday, September 10th, as we honor the members of our Judiciary at the Judicial Luncheon. We are particularly honored to have the President of the National Organization of Chief Justices, Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal from South Carolina, as our keynote speaker at the luncheon.

In 2006, I attended the Jackrabbit Bar Conference in Jackson, Wyoming, and was fortunate enough to accompany Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court on a balloon ride over the Tetons. It was then that I took the opportunity to invite him back to Wyoming to be the keynote speaker at my Annual Banquet. His response was, “If I’m alive, I’ll be there!” I am thrilled to invite you to this year’s Annual Banquet on Thursday, September 11th, to hear him speak.

Your Annual Meeting registration booklet is undoubtedly sitting on your desk. Make sure you register before August 20th so your name will be entered into the Early Bird Registration drawing. If chosen, you win back your full registration fee!

The only downside to this year’s Annual Meeting is that we have too many excellent programs competing for your time. This is criticism we are pleased to get. Have fun challenging yourself to attend the Annual Meeting this year and get the most out of it.

It has been an honor to serve as your President for the past year and to be a part of the Bar leadership for the past six years. Ours is a wonderful Bar membership and organization. We are truly blessed to have people in leadership roles who work tirelessly to ensure that the Bar provides our members with the best possible service. I will pass the gavel to your President-Elect, Rick Lavery, at the Annual Banquet and leave the future of the Bar in his very capable hands.

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