Wheatland Lawyer Takes Top Seat of Western States Bar Conference

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming State Bar today announced that Eric E. Jones, a Wheatland attorney and Past President of the Wyoming State Bar, will serve as President of the Western States Bar Conference. His one-year term is effective immediately.

The Western States Bar Conference (WSBC) is a forum for the mutual interchange of ideas among the leaders of the sixteen WSBC member states. The average attendance at the conference ranges from 70 to 90 attendees each year and is made up of Bar Executives as well as Board officers and members. This two and an half day conference allows for the bar leadership from the western states to come together to discuss cutting edge issues for the profession, bar governance and how best to manage their associations. Developed with the intent of an informal-natured conference, the WSBC provides an enriching environment for bar leaders to exchange ideas.

Jones is a Wyoming native, born and raised in Wheatland. He left Wheatland to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting at the University of Arizona. Following his graduation, while employed in the auditing department of Ernst and Young in Denver, Colorado, Jones obtained his license as a Certified Public Accountant. He returned to Wyoming to attend and graduate from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1997. He began a general practice in Wheatland. He has continued with his private practice while being appointed in June 2007 to fulfill the unexpired term of the Platte County and Prosecuting Attorney. In 2000, Jones was elected to the Board of Trustees for Platte County School District Number One and served three years as Clerk of the Board. He has also held numerous positions, from Treasurer to President, of the local chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was president of the Platte County Bar Association from 1998.

Jones also served in many leadership roles with the Wyoming State Bar. He was elected Bar Commissioner of the Eighth Judicial District in 2003 and served in that capacity for three years.  Jones served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Wyoming State Bar for three years (2006 – 2009); Vice President for one year (2009 – 2010); President-Elect for one year (2010 – 2011); and ultimately served as President of the Wyoming State Bar from September 2011 to September 2012.

The President of the WSBC works collaboratively with the Executive Director of the current facilitating state (Washington) to develop programming and themes in consultation with other bar leaders around the nation. The panels presented at the conference bring forth a variety of expertise from the members of the WSBC as well as select invited guests to speak on specific topics.

WSBC Members Include: Alaska Bar Association; State Bar of Arizona; State Bar of California; Colorado Bar Association; Hawaii State Bar Association; Idaho State Bar; State Bar of Montana; State Bar of Nevada; New Mexico State Bar; State Bar Association of North Dakota; Oregon State Bar; State Bar of South Dakota; State Bar of Texas; Utah State Bar; Washington State Bar Association; and the Wyoming State Bar.

Anyone wish for further information should contact the Wyoming State Bar at (307) 432-2102.

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