Volunteer to Serve
The Wyoming State Bar could not operate effectively without hundreds of lawyers, judges and laymembers who generously volunteer their time to serve on numerous Boards and Committees. The Bar is always recruiting volunteers to serve on these Boards and Committees. There are opportunities for members of the public (non-attorneys) to serve on three of these committees. Those committees are:
- Board of Continuing Legal Education
The purpose of this board is to set and interpret rules and policies concerning mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) for lawyers who practice in Wyoming. The board also certifies accreditation of CLE programs and reporting procedures.Members of this Board are appointed by the Wyoming Supreme Court for three-year terms.
- Board of Professional Responsibility
The purpose of this board is to conduct hearings in lawyer disciplinary matters. The board may administer reprimands in less serious instances or misconduct. For more serious or repeated misconduct, it may recommend imposition of public discipline to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Members of this Board are appointed by the Wyoming Supreme Court for three-year terms.
- Character & Fitness Committee
The purpose of this committee is to assist the Board of Law Examiners in conducting such character and fitness investigations and hearings regarding applicants for admission to practice law as it deems necessary. Court Rules require the committee to include one non-lawyer with special training in substance abuse, mental health, financial management or another area of value to the assessment of good moral character and fitness to practice law of applicants. Members of this Committee are appointed by the Wyoming Supreme Court for three-year terms.
- Fee Arbitration Committee
The purpose of this committee is to oversee the effective operation of the Fee Arbitration Program, including appointing lawyers and nonlawyers to fee arbitration panels, interpreting rules, and establishing written procedures for arbitration proceedings. Members of this Committee are appointed by the Wyoming Supreme Court for three-year terms.
- Fee Arbitrators
Fee arbitrators serve as hearing officers in proceedings brought pursuant to the Wyoming Fee Arbitration Rules. Disputes involving less than $10,000 are heard and decided by a single arbitrator. Disputes involving $10,000 or more are decided by a 3-arbitrator panel, one of whom shall be a nonlawyer. Arbitrators are appointed by the Wyoming Supreme Court for three-year terms.
- Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
This committee conducts hearings regarding the unauthorized practice of law and may make recommendations to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Members of this Committee are appointed by the Wyoming Supreme Court for three-year terms.
If you are interested in volunteering to serve on one of these boards/committees, please click here and submit your application for consideration. Expressions of interest are due on October 1, 2017.