CHEYENNE – The Wyoming State Bar is pleased to announce that John Hursh, an emeritus attorney in Laramie, has received a 2021 Pro Bono Award for Legal Services for Indigent Clients. Cathy Duncil, Pro Bono Coordinator for the Wyoming State Bar, presented the award today at an Awards Luncheon taking place in conjunction with the Wyoming State Bar Virtual Annual Meeting.

The nomination for the award was submitted by retired attorney, Travis W. Moffat from Lander, Wyoming.

Hursh was recognized for his commitment and dedication to providing outstanding pro bono services to veterans in Wyoming. In the nomination, Moffat described the devotion, hard work and outstanding volunteer efforts of Hursh in establishing the University of Wyoming Veteran Services Center over 10 years ago. “Mr. Hursh has practiced law in Wyoming for over 50 years and I am so proud of his accomplishments and specifically all that Mr. Hursh has done for our veterans,” stated Cathy Duncil.

Hursh graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1968 and immediately joined the Marines. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marines in December of 1968 and after Marine Basic School was sent to Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. Hursh served as a JAG officer, primarily as a Trial Counsel (prosecutor) until his release from active duty in 1972 with the rank of Captain.

In 1973, Hursh started his own practice in Riverton that later evolved into Central Wyoming Law Associates. He practiced there until his retirement from the practice in 2010.

Hursh represented Fremont County in the Wyoming Legislature for three terms in the late 1970s. He served as the President of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association and later received its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Since his retirement in 2010, Hursh has been doing pro bono work at the UW Veteran’s Center, which expanded into a specialized VA practice in southeast Wyoming.

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