Wyoming State Bar Welcomes Four Lawyers to Leadership

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming State Bar is pleased to welcome Wyoming attorneys to its Board of Officers & Commissioners.

Jeremy K. Kisling, an attorney from Sheridan, has been elected commissioner to represent the Fourth Judicial District, which consists of Buffalo and Sheridan Counties. Kisling will serve a three-year term.

Kisling is a fifth generation Wyoming Native. Following his graduation from law school in 2008, he and his wife moved to Sheridan. He clerked two years for Judge Fenn of the Fourth Judicial District, and then entered private practice with a Sheridan Law firm for a short period of time. Kisling then worked as a Public Defender for three years before opening his own law practice focusing on criminal defense and general matters. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Alicia and their two children in beautiful Sheridan and the surrounding Bighorn mountains.

Kisling succeeds Nicholas T. Haderlie, now from Saratoga.

R. Scott Kath, an attorney from Powell, has been elected commissioner of the Wyoming State Bar to represent the Fifth Judicial District, which consists of Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie Counties.

Kath has been a resident of Wyoming since 1975 when he moved to Jackson, Wyoming, to manage a retail store. Having completed his freshman year at the University of Nebraska, Scott resumed his college career at the University of Wyoming in 1978, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree, with Honors, in Psychology in 1981.  He then continued his post graduate education at the University of Wyoming College of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor degree in May of 1983.  He is licensed to practice before all Wyoming courts, including the Wyoming Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming.

Kath moved to Powell, Wyoming, in January of 1984 to begin his current and longstanding association with the Copenhaver Law Office and has been a partner of the firm since 1986.  He was appointed by then Governor Ed Herschler as Assistant Public Defender in 1984 and has held that appointment since that time. He was appointed, and remains, the Deputy City Attorney for Powell since 1989. In 1995 Kath was appointed to the Economic Development and Stabilization Board by then Governor Jim Geringer.  He has served as a Hearing Examiner for the State of Wyoming Office of Administrative Hearings from 2006 to date.

Kath has been actively involved in the legal profession, including his serving as past President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Park County Bar Association; former Vice-President, Treasurer and Board member of the Wyoming State Bar Foundation (2005-2011). He also served two terms on the Editorial Board of the Wyoming Lawyer, the Wyoming State Bar’s semi-monthly legal publication.

Kath has involved himself in local community service, having been a previous Board member and former President of the Park County Big Brother and Big Sisters (1988), a member of the Park County Mental Health Board (2001-2008), a member of the Northwest Family Planning Board (1999-2006), and currently a member of its Advisory Board.  Together with his wife, Meg, he has enjoyed being a host family for Rotary exchange students and for several NWC volleyball players.

Kath succeeds Bobbi D. Overfield, who is an attorney from Thermopolis.

Charles S. Chapin, an attorney from Casper, has been appointed commissioner of the Wyoming State Bar to represent the Seventh Judicial District, which consists of Natrona County. Chapin will serve the remainder of J. Kenneth Barbe’s term, which will expire in September 2018. Barbe was recently elected to serve as Treasurer of the Wyoming State Bar.

Chapin currently maintains positions as a City of Casper Municipal Court Judge and a Natrona Country Circuit Court Magistrate, having held both positions for 20+ years. Formerly, Chapin served as Municipal Judge for the Town of Bar Nunn from 1984 to 1987, and as the Town Attorney from 1987 to 2013.

Chapin has served on various Wyoming State Bar Committees, including chairing the Wyoming State Bar Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar Clients’ Security Fund Committee, and Wyoming State Bar Legal Education Committee. He has additionally served as a member of the Wyoming State Bar Committee to Rewrite the State Bar Professional Responsibility Rules and Regulations.

James T. Whiting, an attorney from Lander, has been elected commissioner of the Wyoming State Bar to represent the Ninth Judicial District, which consists of Fremont, Sublette and Teton Counties. Whiting will serve a three-year term.

Whiting was born and raised in the Wind River Mountains and graduated from the University of Wyoming Law School in 2003.  He worked with Professor John M. Burman as a research assistant and then student director of the Legal Services Clinic at the University of Wyoming College of Law.  Whiting clerked for Judge Nancy Guthrie and Judge Norman Young in Jackson, Pinedale and Lander before working as a Deputy Fremont County and Prosecuting Attorney.  For about the last 10 years he has worked for the state of Wyoming and taken on just about whatever else comes through his door on Main Street in Lander.

Whiting succeeds Neal R. Stelting, who is an attorney from Pinedale.

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