Wyoming Adopts Military Spouse Licensing Rule

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming State Bar is pleased to announce that it has joined 31 other states in implementing a military spouse licensing rule. Effective October 1, 2018, military spouses and domestic partners may apply for admission to practice law without examination, and their temporary license will last for as long as the servicemember’s orders keep the family in Wyoming.

After being approached by representatives from Military Spouse J.D. Network (MSJDN), Wyoming State Bar President Weston Graham pitched the idea to the Board of Law Examiners. President Graham and the Board members all recognized the unique mobility requirements of military families who support the defense of our nation. The proposed rule was submitted and ultimately approved by the Wyoming Supreme Court.

These applicants must meet the eligibility requirements and submit to a character investigation that is performed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

In the event that the attorney admitted pursuant to this rule is no longer married to the service member, the service member is no longer a member of the U.S. Uniformed Services, or the service member receives a permanent transfer out of Wyoming, the attorney’s license to practice law shall terminate 60 days after any or all of those occurrences.

Those seeking further information should refer to Rule 306 of the Rules and Procedures Governing Admission to the Practice of Law or call Sharon Wilkinson at (307) 432-2102.

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