2015 (15)
Managing an Investigation and Potential Subsequent Charges By Bar Counsel - ETHICS (December 17, 2015)

Date: 12/17/2015

Topic Summary:

The program will give an overview of the investigatory and grievance process from the perspective of Bar Counsel, the Respondent and the attorney for the Respondent from start to finish.

About Your Speakers:

Mark Gifford is a Casper 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 thirty years of practice as a trial lawyer and mediator, Gifford took the position of Bar Counsel with the Wyoming State Bar on a part-time basis in 2011.  He recently left private practice to become full-time Bar Counsel.  In addition to attorney discipline, Gifford's responsibilities include Unauthorized Practice of Law, Fee Dispute Resolution and Clients' Security Fund.

Steve Kline practices law in Cheyenne Wyoming with the firm of Kline, McCorkle and Pilger.  He has specialized in civil litigation since 1979, including personal injury, employment, insurance and commercial litigation.  His firm frequently represents professionals in licensing matters, including fellow members of the Bar with issues before Bar Counsel and the Board of Professional Responsibility.  Mr. Kline has been a past national delegate from Wyoming to the American Association for Justice and the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He is a past-president of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association and the Wyoming Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He maintains an A rating with Martindale Hubbell and is included annually in the “Best Lawyers in America” and Thomson Reuter’s “Super Lawyers”.  The firm is also listed annually in “Best Law Firms in America”.  He is a frequent speaker on issues surrounding litigation and ethics and on other topics of interest to all lawyers. 

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Topic Summary:

Topic Summary:

The program will give an overview of the investigatory and grievance process from the perspective of Bar Counsel, the Respondent and the Attorney of the Respondent from start to finish.

About Your Speakers:

Mark Gifford is a Casper 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 thirty years of practice as a trial lawyer and mediator, Gifford took the position of Bar Counsel with the Wyoming State Bar on a part-time basis in 2011.  He recently left private practice to become full-time Bar Counsel.  In addition to attorney discipline, Gifford's responsibilities include Unauthorized Practice of Law, Fee Dispute Resolution and Clients' Security Fund.

Steve Kline practices law in Cheyenne Wyoming with the firm of Kline, McCorkle and Pilger.  He has specialized in civil litigation since 1979, including personal injury, employment, insurance and commercial litigation.  His firm frequently represents professionals in licensing matters, including fellow members of the Bar with issues before Bar Counsel and the Board of Professional Responsibility.  Mr. Kline has been a past national delegate from Wyoming to the American Association for Justice and the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He is a past-president of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association and the Wyoming Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He maintains an A rating with Martindale Hubbell and is included annually in the “Best Lawyers in America” and Thomson Reuter’s “Super Lawyers”.  The firm is also listed annually in “Best Law Firms in America”.  He is a frequent speaker on issues surrounding litigation and ethics and on other topics of interest to all lawyers. 

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Hon. H. Steven Brown

Angie Dorsch

Topic Summary: An overview of the changes made to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure effective December 1, 2015

About Your Speaker:

Emily Rankin received her law degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2000. After clerking for the Hon. Marilyn S. Kite of the Wyoming Supreme Court, she began with The Spence Law Firm, LLC and became a partner in 2009. Emily has successfully litigated cases nationwide involving wrongful death, catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, civil rights, auto/trucking collisions, workplace injuries and sexual abuse by authority figures. Emily is admitted to practice in Wyoming and Colorado.

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