2019 Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference

October 1-4, 2019

Moran, Wyoming
Jackson Lake Lodge
101 Jackson Lake Lodge Road
Moran, WY 83013


Weston T. Graham

Dear Colleagues,

It is truly my pleasure to cordially invite you all to the 2019 Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference at the historic Jackson Lake Lodge in Moran, Wyoming, on October 1st through the 4th of this year. Nothing compares to the majestic beauty of Grand Teton National Park in the fall.

This year, the Officers, Commissioners and staff of the Wyoming State Bar wanted to offer everyone something unique—a chance to emerge from behind the bench or a busy practice to take a breath and relax in picturesque surroundings. A chance to finally catch up with old friends, colleagues or law school classmates. A chance to spend some quality time with your family outdoors and away from the electronics and day-to-day grind (don’t worry… the Lodge has Wi-Fi throughout now). It is all available at this year’s Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference…along with a dynamic schedule of both nationally acclaimed speakers as well as state specialists. Seventeen continuing legal education credits in all (including 8.5 ethics credits) at an affordable price and with off-season rates beginning in/around the Jackson Hole area!

Kara Ellsbury and her Continuing Legal Education Committee have done a fantastic job on this year’s programming. On Wednesday morning, Mark Lanterman presents a captivating ethical plenary session entitled “Easiest Catch: Don’t Be Another Fish in the Dark Net” whereby he includes practical measures lawyers and judges can take to protect sensitive data (WATCH OUT—this guy can and has hacked into the home addresses, social security numbers and cell phones of the Justices of the United States Supreme Court with minimal effort). Continue onto the Judicial Luncheon with renowned author and Judge Martin Clark, who was heralded by The New York Times as “the thinking man’s John Grisham” and by Entertainment Weekly as “hands down, our finest legal-thriller writer.” You also won’t want to miss on Thursday morning Michael Tigar’s, Emeritus Professor at Duke Law School and American University’s Washington College of Law, plenary session entitled “Learning and Telling the Stories of Your Case.” With over 50 years of litigation experience, hear some new insights on lawyering, and if you wonder whether Michael Tigar will have some ideas you can take home to utilize, put his name into your favorite internet search engine before you attend.

If you choose on Thursday not to take the afternoon off to unwind, Los Angeles attorney Todd Melnik will join us to show and discuss his homicide case that was featured in the Netflix documentary Long Shot. With over 28 years of criminal defense practice, including a TV career of legal commentary for Paramount Pictures, CNN, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, The Today Show, ESPN and network news programs, Mr. Melnik will share a keynote address Thursday evening of his personal experiences with the criminal justice system, his philosophy on lawyering, and why it is so important for us as attorneys to listen to our clients and investigate their claims completely.

Did I forget to mention the multitude of exhibitors, the social events, available excursions, world class dining options and Yellowstone National Park only a few minutes away?

Travel safely to the northwest corner of Wyoming and I look forward to meeting with you and enjoying everything this year’s Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference has to offer.

Nothing WILL compare!

Weston T. Graham

President