CHEYENNE – The Wyoming State Bar is pleased to announce that Morris R. Massey, an attorney from Casper, is this year’s recipient of the Bar’s President’s Award. The award was presented September 15th during the annual banquet held in conjunction with the Bar’s Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference. The award is reserved for a person or organization that has special meaning to the President of the Wyoming State Bar. This year’s President, J. Kenneth Barbe, also of Casper, recognized Massey.

“From the year I graduated from law school throughout my career, Morris has been a mentor, said Barbe. “He taught me and many other young lawyers who worked at the firm Brown, Drew, Apostolos, Massey and Sullivan the importance of knowing the law, writing clearly and critically thinking when analyzing legal issues. Many of the lawyers mentored by Morris early in their careers went on to have distinguished careers with three of them becoming judges.”

“Morris is one of the smartest lawyers I’ve had the pleasure to know. When I presented the President’s Award to Morris, I joked that he scared me and other young associates because of his high standards and expectations. But the fact is, Morris has a big heart and aways cared about his firm and the people in it. My legal career has been enhanced by being mentored by Morris, and my personal life has been made richer through being befriended by Morris and his wife, Susan.”

Morris R. Massey was raised in Tensleep, Wyoming. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree, and in 1958 from the University of Wyoming College of Law. In his practice, Massey was an expert in the area of oil and gas law and wrote many briefs and argued many cases in the Wyoming Supreme Court. He has also been involved with many charities in his community including the Goodstein Foundation and Hospice.

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