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CALL FOR COMMENTS - Rules Governing the Practice of Law

On November 25, 2013, proposed amendments to Rule 11.1 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Wyoming Providing for the Organization and Government of the Bar Association and Attorneys at Law of the State of Wyoming were put out for comment. The proposed revisions would have amended the definition of the unauthorized practice of law. Numerous comments were received from members who were generally opposed to the proposed amendments.

In light of those comments, the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee has revised its proposal. The rule now proposed will combine the former Rules 11 and 11.1 into a new Rule 7. This proposal is part of a larger rewrite of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Wyoming Providing for the Organization and Government of the Bar Association and Attorneys at Law of the State of Wyoming, now proposed to be titled Rules Governing the Wyoming State Bar and the Authorized Practice of Law. The proposed, new rules:


  • More adequately describe the functions and duties of the Wyoming State Bar and delete inapplicable provisions
  • Define the authorized practice of law and those services that may be performed under certain restrictions and limitations by non-lawyers
  • Relocate from the Rules of the Supreme Court of Wyoming a rule relating to limited practice by clinical law professors
  • Update the rule relating to limited practice by law students
  • Update the rule regarding practice by business entities
At a meeting of the Board of Officers and Commissioners held January 25, 2014, approval was given to putting the new rules out for comment to the members.

Click here to download the proposed changes. Pages 1 - 13 provide a clean version of the amendments. Pages 14 - 33 provide a strike-through/underline format so that the reader can see the proposed changes.

Comments should be submitted to:

Mark W. Gifford
Office of Bar Counsel
Wyoming State Bar
P.O. Box 109
Cheyenne, WY 82003
(307) 432-2106

Comments will be accepted until February 28, 2014.

     

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