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Family Law in Wyoming: An Overview and Update of Select Rules and Case Law (December 4, 2014)

Date: 09/25/2014

Featuring: Devon O'Connell & Dona Playton

Join Devon O’Connell and Dona Playton for a discussion of trending issues in family law, pretrial practice in domestic cases, as well as an update of relevant case law. Maintaining knowledge and professionalism in a high demand area of the law requires not only civility between attorneys but also a focus on the standard of practice we provide our clients and others seeking access to the legal system. From Rule 26 disclosures, to tax exemptions and health insurance, to same sex marriage, attendees will receive up-to-date information on the ever changing field of family law.


About Your Speaker

Devon O’Connell is a member of Pence and MacMillan, LLC in Laramie. She gradu­ated with Honors from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2000.  Devon has served as a State Bar Commissioner from the Second Judicial District and as Vice President of the State Bar.  She was recently elected President-Elect of the Wyoming State Bar. She served as President of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association during the 2013-2014 term.

Devon has served on the Board of Professional Responsibility, the Permanent Civil Rules Committee, the Fee Dispute Committee and is the Vice Chair of the Board of Continuing Legal Education .  Devon is active in a number of community and civic organizations such as the University of Wyoming Art Museum Board, the Chi Omega House Corporation and the UW Law School Advisory Board.   Devon is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Wyoming.

Her practice focuses on civil litigation, civil practice, family law, and personal injury.   Devon and her 15 year old son Isaac and partner Pete Gosar live in Laramie and love to hike, backpack, mountain bike and travel.

Dona Playton has been practicing family and juvenile law for over 20 years.  She is the founder and Faculty Director of the Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project, a legal clinic established in 2002 that allows third-year law students to represent low income victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in civil cases. She has been teaching at the law school since 1999 when she created and now teaches every year a course on Domestic Violence and the Law and another course on Children and the Law. In addition she has taught Family Law several times and co-teaches a seminar on clinical experiential learning each semester. 

As a consultant with the Wyoming Supreme Court and Division of Victim Services, she authored and is currently updating and revising a bench book for judges on domestic violence and participated in the drafting of pro se forms and legal information on family law and violence against women issues for the Center for Legal Aid’s website. She recently helped draft Standards for Attorneys Representing Parents in Child Welfare Cases on behalf of the Children’s Justice Project. She serves on several statewide boards and commissions, including the Children’s Trust Fund, Children’s Justice Project Advisory Council and the Access to Justice Commission.  She is certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children as approved by the American Bar Association and the Wyoming State Bar. She is a member of the Wyoming and Colorado State Bar Associations, the American Bar Association, Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, National Association of Women Lawyers, Colorado Bar’s Women in Dispute Resolution and the National Association of Counsel for Children.