Thompson Receives Champion of Justice for Legal Services Award

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming State Bar is pleased to announce that Jodie Ann Thompson, an attorney from Cody, has received one of two Champion of Justice for Legal Services Awards. Angie Dorsch, Executive Director of Equal Justice Wyoming, announced Thompson’s receipt of the award last week during the Bar’s Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference in Jackson, Wyoming.

The nominations for the award were submitted by attorney Jay Vincent and The Honorable Robert E. Skar from the Fifth Judicial District.

Thompson accepted a lengthy pro bono appointment as guardian ad litem in a custody matter. The case proved to be a very difficult matter, spanning nearly four years. Thompson represented the best interests of the minor child throughout the lawsuit and committed considerable time and effort to the representation.

Thompson is a Wyoming Special Assistant Attorney General and the executive director of Basin Authority, the Fifth Judicial District Child Support Authority in Cody, Wyoming. She has represented the State of Wyoming in child support issues since 1995. During her 20 years of experience, Thompson has served on the Wyoming Child Support Enforcement document committee and continues to serve on the legislative and policy committees.

In addition to her duties in Wyoming, Thompson donates much of her spare time to philanthropic needs and is a member of P.E.O., Park County Republican Women officer, Cody High School Booster Club officer, and volunteer for many groups including assisting with reading and math at Livingston Elementary School. She served as a Park County Republican precinct committeewoman for many years and chaired the Patron’s Ball for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. She is also a past president of the University of Wyoming College of Law Alumni Association and a life-time member of the UW Alumni Association. Thompson believes strongly in helping those in need, and her pro bono work is primarily in mediation and domestic relations.

Thompson graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law with a J.D. in 1993 and from UW with a B.A. in journalism in 1990.

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