WTLA Announcements

WTLA October E-Newsletter

View the full E-Newsletter HERE

Introducing your 2020 – 2021 Board


WTLA officers and board members were elected during the annual membership meeting held via Zoom on June 17, 2020. New Officers include President, Phil Nicholas, of Laramie, President Elect, Grant Lawson, Casper and Noah Drew from Jackson as

Secretary/Treasurer. Phil took the reins from immediate past president, Beth Lance of Cheyenne.

Meet Your 2020-2021 Board Members Here

Interested in serving on the board next year?  Contact us!


Wyoming Voter Information

“The right to vote freely for the candidate of one’s choice is of the essence of a democratic society…”,  Chief Justice Earl Warren, Reynolds vs. Sims 377 U.S. 533, 555 (1964)


Be Sure and Vote

Election day is rapidly approaching, less than 30 days left.  Our right to vote is considered both a privilege and a duty.  As we prepare for November 3, it might be helpful to review Wyoming’s election information so we all get to the polls or ensure our absentee/mail-in ballots are received by the County Clerk’s office.  Family and friends may also have questions or need resources that we can share.


Registering to Vote:

Likely we are all registered to vote.  In Wyoming, you may register to vote up to 14 days before an election, but you may also register when you vote either when requesting an absentee ballot or on election day.  You may also register by mail.  Download the application from the Secretary of State’s office or your county clerk.  Here is a link.  Your completed form must be notarized before submitting.   The deadline for registering without voting is October 19, 2020.


A move to a different county, name change or not voting in the 2018 General Election will require checking in with your county clerk and perhaps registering again.


If you aren’t certain about your registration status – here is a link to check - https://www.usa.gov/confirm-voter-registration


Wyoming also allows an elector to change their party affiliation in the same time frame as registering to vote, not less than 14 days before the primary election or at the polls on the day of the primary or general election or when requesting an absentee ballot.


Learn More about Voting in Person and Absentee Voting Here


Voter Information:

SOS Voter Guide        SOS 2020 Election Information      CNN 2020 Election Voter Guide

Help Us Plan for 2021!

I was elected as the WTLA President-Elect at June’s membership meeting and will serve as our 2021 Convention Chair.  I need your help to plan this year’s Convention program and want your input! We want the best Convention to-date and to provide the best options to suit your needs. 


Please take a few seconds and help me by answering a very short survey of 5 multiple choice questions.  CLICK THIS LINK to give us your input.  You can also reach me at grant@metierlaw.com to share your thoughts.


I appreciate your time and thank you for helping to plan a valuable and fun event for all of us!

Federal Rulemaking – Formal Comment Period Open

Excerpt from AAJ State Affairs Quarterly Newsletter


The fall is always a busy time for federal rules activity, and this fall is no exception with new rules going into effect in December, several proposed amendments in formal comment period, and new draft rules anticipated; here is what you need to know.


Approved rules changes become effective December 1, 2020. Two new amendments that may be of interest are the new meet and confer requirement in Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(b)(6) and the notice requirements governing the admissibility of other criminal acts under Fed. R. Evid. 404(b).


AAJ has noted four proposed rules changes that may be of interest to your members: Fed. R. Civ. P. supplemental rules for Social Security cases; Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(a)(4) (government immunity defense); Fed. R. App. P. 25 (railroad retirement); and Fed. R. Crim. P. 16 (expert witnesses). AAJ encourages your members to review the proposed amendments and submit a short comment about the effect of any of the proposed rules on their practice.


The formal comment period runs through February 16, 2021, and comments must be submitted electronically. Information on how to submit a comment can be found here. For more information on each proposed amendment, please contact Sue Steinman (susan.steinman@justice.org) and Amy Brogioli (amy.brogioli@justice.org).


Learn More Here

John M. Burman Extraordinary Service Award

WTLA would like to congratulate Board Member, Dona Playton for receiving the 2nd annual John M. Burman Extraordinary Service Award!  According to the Wyoming State Bar “The John M. Burman Extraordinary Service Award is given in memory of Professor Burman, who died in February 2019, and is remembered as a recognized expert in the field of legal and judicial ethics, codes of conduct for lawyers and judges, and professional responsibility. The award recognizes extraordinary service in many areas.  Some of Playton’s contributions include establishing, together with Burman, the Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project/Clinic, serving on the Access to Justice Commission and as an advisory board member for the children’s Justice Project.  She has received numerous awards and authored several publications.  See the full State Bar press release Here.  Congratulations Dona, we are honored to call you one of our own!

WTLA Student Chapter Introduction

WTLA would like to welcome the 2020-2021 Student Chapter Officers!


Bradley Horne and his partner were last year’s winners of the Voir Dire Competition.  He is honored to be serving as WTLA’s student chapter president. Horne is a huge believer in mentorship, which is why he is also a member of the American Inns of Court for the second year in a row. He is interested in many different areas of the law, but the common thread is his passion for justice. When he is not nose-deep in law books, Bradley works part-time as an advisor helping others achieve their goals in life. He always makes sure to find time for his wife and their three children, and last but not least, their border collie named Redcloud. 


Nick Hopkins, is the Second Vice President and is currently a 3L. He came to the UW College of Law because he wants to become a public defender. Working as a public defender has been a dream of his since high school. However, after graduating from UW in the early 2010’s, Hopkins decided to go into business, and worked as an investment banker in Texas and later in Cheyenne. He became very disenchanted with finance after working with wealthy people for years and finally decided to take the leap into law school a few years ago. He is excited to do something meaningful, that helps those who are in need. Hopkins completed the summer trial institute last month, and is now very much looking forward to being in the courtroom.


Christina Porath, Treasurer, is from Thermopolis, Wyoming. Her main reason for joining law school is to help those who need a voice and someone to stand up for them when everyone else has left their side. She initially joined WTLA because she wanted to participate in the mentor-mentee program. This unique opportunity to ask practicing lawyers questions and to gain insights on what it is like to be a lawyer is an awesome component of the WTLA student chapter. Going into her second year of law school, several areas of law have struck her interest including Contracts, Business, and International.


Warren Knutson is serving as this year’s Vice President and Kayla Albertson is the Secretary.


Open Office Space

Looking for trial lawyer tenants to share the Historic Tivoli Building in downtown Cheyenne. Building has its own complete courtroom for focus groups and mock trials, high-speed fiber optic Internet. Nice office space within walking distance of all Cheyenne courts, state and federal.

Contact Fred Harrison for more information: (307) 324-6639 fred.harrison@fjhlawoffice.com