CASPER – The Wyoming State Bar is pleased to announce that Jon B. Huss, a recently deceased attorney from Casper, is the recipient of the Bar’s fourth annual John M. Burman Extraordinary Service Award. The award was presented during an awards luncheon at the Wyoming State Bar’s Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference hosted in Casper last month.

The John M. Burman Extraordinary Service Award is given in memory of Professor Burman, who died in February 2019, and who is remembered as a recognized expert in the field of legal and judicial ethics, codes of conduct for lawyers and judges, and professional responsibility. Burman was a prolific writer in these areas of the law, as well as in the law of children and families, the child welfare system, and the juvenile justice system.

The award was presented to Huss’s widow, Anne MacKinnon, by Casper lawyer Anne Rochelle, who was one of several people who nominated Huss for the award in recognition of his many years of exemplary service to those in need of an immigration lawyer, services offered by very few lawyers in Wyoming. Huss graduated with honors from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1988 and was employed as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge Clarence Brimmer before entering private practice in 1989. For ten years, he engaged in complex civil litigation with a large Casper law firm before striking out on his own in 1999 to start a practice devoted to immigration law. For the next twenty years, Jon devoted his considerable legal skills to assisting people from all over the world navigate the United States’ immigration courts. Most of Jon’s clients were indigent and unable to pay for his services. In addition to assisting clients in need, Jon was a world-class trekker and adventurer.

Criteria for the John M. Burman Extraordinary Service Aware are extensive. Recipients must demonstrate a history of extraordinary service to Wyoming lawyers, the Wyoming State Bar, the University of Wyoming College of Law, the Wyoming judiciary, the citizens of Wyoming and the international community. Like Professor Burman, they must be recognized by their peers as exemplifying legal ethics and professional responsibility.

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