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Burke Chosen as Executive Director of Wyoming State Bar

CHEYENNE - The Wyoming State Bar is pleased to announce that N. Denise Burke has been hired as the new Executive Director of its organization. She will begin her duties June 10, 2013.

Most recently, Burke has served as the Executive Director of Bar Admissions for the Wyoming Supreme Court, playing a pivotal role in the implementation of the Uniform Bar Exam in Wyoming. In November 2003, Burke joined the University of Wyoming College of Law faculty as the Assistant Dean. She was promoted to the Associate Dean and served in that capacity for nearly ten years. Previously, Burke served as Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wyoming, serving as the Director of the Wyoming Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. She was cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, served on the executive board of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units, and served on the national task force on elder abuse. She previously represented the Wyoming Department of Health and Department of Family Services.

Burke received her Bachelor of Arts with honor from the University of Wyoming, conducted graduate studies at Bowling Green State University, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming. She was chosen as the commencement speaker for this year’s UW College of Law graduation.

“We are thrilled to have Denise on board,” said C. John Cotton, the President of the Wyoming State Bar. “She is a natural leader and someone who can work with every aspect of government and with the public. She comes to us with a wealth of experience in the areas that are important to operating our Bar organization.”

“There are exciting things on the horizon for Wyoming lawyers, and I believe Denise’s leadership skills and knowledge about Wyoming’s legal system will greatly benefit us,” Cotton said.

The Executive Director of the Wyoming State Bar advises on and executes Bar policies and programs; directs the organization and resources for numerous committees; provides regular information regarding finances, programs and operations of the Bar; assists with relationships to other national, regional or local special bars and organizations; and maintains administrative compliance with Wyoming Supreme Court rules governing the Bar and other special boards and committees.