Wyoming Supreme Court Suspends 15 Attorneys

The Wyoming State Bar today announced that 15 attorneys have been suspended from the practice of law in Wyoming for failing to comply with Article I, Sec. 5(b) of the Bylaws of the Wyoming State Bar by not paying their annual license fees.

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CALL FOR COMMENTS – Proposed Amendments to Wyoming Rules of Disciplinary Procedure

The Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR) and the Bar Counsel Review and Oversight Committee (ROC), in collaboration with the Office of Bar Counsel have proposed changes to the Wyoming Rules of Disciplinary Procedure (WRDP) in the areas of confidentiality of attorney disciplinary proceedings and the composition of hearing panels of the Board of Professional Responsibility. Member of the Wyoming State Bar are invited to comment upon the proposed changes (attached).

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“Reasonable Efforts” to Protect Client Information From Cybersecurity Risks

A frequent subject of Ethics Hotline calls is what a lawyer can/must do to protect confidential client information from cybersecurity risks.  In 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court amended W.R.P.C. 1.6 (client confidentiality) to add subpart (c): “A lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to prevent the unintended disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, information relating to the representation of a client.”

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Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity

I have represented an elderly client for several years regarding estate planning issues.  Recently, she seems to be slipping.  She has asked me to make some changes to her estate planning documents that don’t really make sense.  I fear that she is being unduly influenced by one of her adult children.  I know that Rule 1.2 requires me to abide by my client’s directives with respect to the objectives of the representation.  What are my options?

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