The Wyoming State Bar is headquartered in Cheyenne and serves as an integrated bar association. It requires all attorneys who practice in the state to be admitted and belong to the state bar.
It has a membership of more than 3000 lawyers of which approximately 700 live and work out-of-state. The state bar was created as a voluntary membership organization in 1915 but changed to a mandatory bar association by the state legislature in 1939.
A 12-member Board of Officers and Commissioners governs the Wyoming State Bar. Within this board are 20 individual committees and boards. All of them support the mandate that attorneys in the state complete 15 Continued Legal Education or CLE credits on a yearly basis.
Along with enforcing the CLE credits for attorneys, the Wyoming State Bar also releases several publications on its website. The Wyoming Bar Journal and Wyoming Law Review are available for members to read. They offer insight and advice about the state’s legal profession as well as information lawyers may find useful for their own private practices.
When they pay their dues in full, members of the Wyoming State Bar receive access to a host of benefits. These include discounts on virtual conference software that they can use in their private practices. They do not have to pay full price for video conferencing, conference call, or webcasting software.
Further, they can use their membership to get discounts at retailers like Best Buy. They can save money on computers, phones, printers, and other equipment that is necessary to run a successful law practice.
Finally, members can get access to retirement savings plans that can help them put more money away for when they retire from the profession. They may not have to pay full price for investing, saving, and planning for this time in their lives.
The Wyoming State Bar also exists to serve the people of Wyoming by offering educational and legal resources on its website. As a regulatory bar association, it has the obligation of investigating and meting out discipline to lawyers who violate professional codes of ethics and morals.
The public can use the website to file complaints and request investigations into lawyers’ practices. If found liable, the lawyer could be removed from the state bar and also have his or her license revoked. Complaints can be filed online or in person at the Wyoming State Bar’s office at 4124 Laramie Street, Cheyenne, 82003.