CHEYENNE – Cheyenne lawyer, Mark W. Gifford, has been appointed to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Standing Committee on Professional Regulation by ABA President-Elect Patricia L. Refo. Refo will assume the role of President in August 2020. Gifford currently serves as Bar Counsel for the Wyoming State Bar.

The Professional Regulation Committee is the entity in the ABA responsible for developing, promoting, coordinating, and strengthening professional disciplinary and regulatory programs and procedures throughout the nation, including developing and promoting ABA activities relating to professional discipline, model rules for disciplinary enforcement and standards for the imposition of sanctions.

Gifford will serve a three-year term alongside other prominent figures in the lawyer regulation field including Justice Dan Crothers of the North Dakota Supreme Court and Judge Dolores Dorsainvil, a Maryland District Court judge who acts as Chair of the Committee.

Gifford is a Wyoming native who received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wyoming in 1978 and his law degree from Stanford University in 1981. After 30 years of practice as a trial lawyer and mediator, Gifford took the position of Bar Counsel on a part-time basis in 2011 and became full-time in October 2013. In addition to attorney discipline, Gifford’s responsibilities include Unauthorized Practice of Law, Fee Dispute Resolution and Client Protection Fund. He also serves as general counsel to the Wyoming State Bar. Gifford was also instrumental in getting Wyoming’s Lawyer Assistance Program launched in 2014.

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