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Lavery Receives Wyoming State Bar President's Award

CHEYENNE - The Honorable Richard L. Lavery was honored with this year’s Wyoming State Bar President’s Award. Lavery serves as a District Court Judge for the Third Judicial District, which consists of Lincoln, Sweetwater and Uinta Counties.

Each year, the President of the Wyoming State Bar has an opportunity to present this special award. The award is reserved for a person or organization that has a special meaning to the President. This year, President Eric Jones of Wheatland presented the award to Judge Lavery during the Bar’s Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference held in Jackson last month.

This was a way for President Jones to share a well-deserved “thank you” to a lawyer who served clients in Southwest Wyoming for more than 30 years before being appointed Third Judicial District Judge in 2012.

Judge Lavery graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1974, and attended college and law school at Creighton University. Following his admission to the Wyoming bar in 1981, Judge Lavery practiced in Evanston, Wyoming, most recently with the firm of Lavery & Rose. He was actively involved in numerous civic and bar matters, and served as President of the Wyoming State Bar in 2008 - 2009. In presenting the award, President Jones recounted the number of times he sought Judge Lavery’s advice on matters ranging from obscure legal theory to parenting advice. “He has provided me guidance on how to try to be a great spouse and father. He led the Bar through difficult waters and was not afraid to tackle the tough issues head-on,” said Jones. Citing Judge Lavery’s impressive track record of service to further the cause of justice, President Jones said, “He is a crusader to provide Access to Justice in all our communities and believes it is the legal community’s responsibility, to the fullest extent possible, to see that civil justice is available to everyone.”

The President’s Award was given to Judge Lavery with profound appreciation for his endless support, service, energy and enthusiasm for the endeavors of the Wyoming State Bar, the legal community and our citizens. Like others who have been honored with the award, Judge Lavery is a wonderful example of the great good that Wyoming lawyers are able to achieve through passion, leadership, and steadfast commitment to what is right during the search for justice.