This CLE will discuss a general overview of the 2017 Wyoming legislative session along with what passed that may affect your practice. It will also explore what may be discussed in the interim that will affect the next legislative session.
About Your Speaker:
Loretta R. Howieson
Her journey included communications at the University of Wyoming, with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and then straight into the University of Wyoming College of Law. While in law school, Ms. Howieson explored various clubs and organizations, including serving as the Law School Senator for the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming (ASUW). She was active in the Defender Aid Program at UW Law and also worked with the National Audubon Society (Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge) and the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Investigation.
In January 2001, Ms. Howieson began employment at Buchhammer and Kehl, P.C., in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was admitted to practice law in October 2001. While at Buchhammer and Kehl, P.C., Ms. Howieson engaged in civil and trial practice across the State of Wyoming in both state and federal courts. Along with the firm’s traditional insurance and motor carrier defense work, Ms. Howieson handled personal injury, domestic relations (child custody/support, divorce, adoptions, etc.), business law, property (real estate) and probate matters. She was active with criminal defense in state courts and was a member of the federal Criminal Justice Act panel for the District of Wyoming. Ms. Howieson remained with Buchhammer and Kehl, P.C., from January 2001 through October 2005.
In October 2005, Ms. Howieson was honored to be appointed as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Wyoming. As such, Ms. Howieson served as court-appointed counsel in criminal matters throughout the District of Wyoming as well as the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Howieson resigned from this position in October 2007 to relocate to Evanston, Wyoming.
Ms. Howieson served as the Chief Trial Deputy at the Uinta County and Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Evanston, Wyoming, from October 2007 through July 15, 2011. In her capacity as the Chief Trial Deputy, she handled the majority of all felony prosecutions, assisted with misdemeanor, juvenile and emergency detention cases, co-counseled civil litigation and advised the county departments in relation to specific legal inquiries. Ms. Howieson left the Uinta County and Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and acted as a sole practitioner and, for a brief period, in partnership with Tony Vehar.
On January 5, 2015, Ms. Howieson was sworn in as the Uinta County and Prosecuting Attorney and serves in that capacity today.
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