CHEYENNE – The National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) on October 6, 2023, presented the Wyoming State Bar a 2023 Luminary Award for Excellence in Regular Publications for the Wyoming Lawyer magazine, the Bar’s flagship publication. This is the third Luminary Award the magazine has earned. The first was awarded in 2011 and the second was in 2021.

Each year, the NABE Luminary Awards program recognizes excellence in bar association communications and marketing by honoring the outstanding communications projects of the last two years.“The Wyoming Lawyer is the official publication of the Wyoming State Bar, but it is so much more,” offers Kylie Waldrip, Chair of the Wyoming Lawyer Editorial Committee. “For more than a decade, the magazine has heralded praise from other bar associations throughout the country who marvel at what a quality publication the Wyoming State Bar puts out with resources that are quite spare compared with those of other bar associations. We are especially proud of this year’s award-winning issue, which celebrated several legendary Wyoming trial lawyers.” The Wyoming Lawyer magazine covers substantive legal issues, professional trends and feature profiles. The magazine is published six times a year by the Wyoming State Bar. Sharon Wilkinson, the Bar’s Executive Director, serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine.

The winning issue, “Famous Wyoming Trials: Gerry Spence and Other Remarkable Wyoming Trial Lawyers” features an interview of Gerry Spence, a nationally recognized Wyoming trial lawyer who is known for winning cases including the defense of Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge and the Karen Silkwood case against Kerr-McGee. Also included are articles on the Mark Hopkinson murder trials by Casper attorney Jeff Brinkerhoff; an article on Ed Cantrell, a known lawman who killed one of his own officers in Rock Springs but was acquitted after trial, written by Jackson lawyer Chris Hawks, who is a past Wyoming State Bar President and Spence’s step-son; an article about the 1944 arrest and prosecution of Cheyenne’s mayor, chief of police and two police officers on corruption charges, written by Cheyenne lawyers Tyson Woodford and Billie Addleman; an article by Worland lawyer and historian John W. Davis titled “Tom Horn, Cattle Kate and Law and Order in Early Wyoming;” and finally an article by Spence’s wife, Imaging, detailing the years she spent in the courtroom with her husband.

The Wyoming Lawyer magazine is available to anyone online by visiting the Wyoming State Bar’s website at https://www.wyomingbar.org/news-publications/wyoming-lawyer-magazine/ and clicking on the magazine cover art to view the current digital edition.

The NABE Communications Section’s Luminary Awards program, created in 1992 recognizes excellence in marketing, public relations, regular publications, special publications, electronic publications and websites.

NABE is an affiliate of the American Bar Association.

Share on Social Media