2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

September 15-17, 2020


Host: Kelly M. Neville, Wyoming State Bar President

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to invite you to join us at the 2020 Wyoming State Bar Virtual Annual Meeting on September 15-17. This year has been a year filled with many new normals and it has required creative approaches from the ways we do things on the job to how we go through life’s daily tasks. The 2020 Wyoming State Bar Virtual Annual Meeting will be no exception.

The Officers, Commissioners and staff of the Wyoming State Bar are excited to offer this year’s Annual Meeting virtually. The full line-up of three tracks of CLE programs will be available thanks to the flexibility and adaptability of our many presenters and staff. In an effort to support you during these challenging times, we are able to offer the convention free of charge to all members of the Wyoming State Bar, University of Wyoming College of Law students as well as recent UW law graduates. Non-members may participate for a nominal fee of $50.

Kara Ellsbury and her Continuing Legal Education Committee are providing attendees with a stellar lineup of CLE programs. Back by popular demand, John E. Moore, III will open up the virtual conference with “The Lawyer’s Compass: Character, Ethics and Trust in Modern Legal Practice” on Tuesday, September 15th. This program will focus your attention on the critical interplay between your character and competencies and how they combine to build trust in client relationships. If you belong to any of the Bar’s practice sections, you’ll want to pay particular attention to the many programs that are sponsored by those sections.

While we will miss seeing each of you at the Annual Banquet, luncheons, receptions, golf tournament and other social aspects of the meeting, we are excited to offer a few of these programs in a different way. Grab a lunch and join us on Tuesday for a special address by Trish Refo, President-Elect of the ABA, and help us recognize and honor some of your fellow bar members for their service to the profession. On Wednesday, spend your lunch hour with David Lee Windecher. Although we cannot be together for David’s keynote speech at the Annual Banquet as intended, he graciously agreed to speak over Wednesday’s lunch hour to share his story, which starts as an impoverished minority who was arrested 13 times. David went from a defendant to a criminal defense attorney, author, and activist in the social justice movement to end mass incarceration, reduce recidivism and redress racial inequity in the criminal justice system. On Thursday, please join us over the lunch hour for the Wyoming State Bar Annual Business Meeting, which includes updates on the state of the judiciary, the UW College of Law, and the Wyoming ABA delegation.

I look forward to meeting virtually with you and enjoying everything this year’s Virtual Annual Meeting has to offer. I hope that each of you will join us from the comfort of your office or home for some free CLE and time to connect with your fellow bar members.

Kelly M. Neville