Bar No. 7-4722 Law School: University of Wyoming College of Law
Basic Bio: I’m originally from New Mexico, but I finally found my way to Wyoming in 2001. I ran a restaurant in Jackson until 2007, when I started law school. I finished law school at the University of Wyoming in 2010. The summer after my first year I externed in the Water & Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. I spent the second summer at Holland & Hart’s Cheyenne office and I joined that office after law school. In 2014, I switched directions, moved back to Jackson, and started my current role as Staff Attorney for the Honorable Timothy C. Day, Ninth Judicial District Court. I also teach yoga, write a wellness column in the Wyoming Lawyer, and teach wellness and yoga workshops around the state through my side project, 307 Yoga LLC.
I became a lawyer because I wanted to do something intellectually challenging. Around the time I decided to go to law school, a debate was occurring over drilling in the Wyoming Range. I saw the triangle of opposing interests—conservationists and sportsmen (an unlikely alliance) v. energy companies v. the State and its economic interests (natural resource development provides revenue). I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in the law, but I knew I wanted to do something within this triangle of conflict. Fortunately, I got a job after law school that included this type of work.
The thing that excites me most about my current job is the diversity of legal matters I work on during any particular day. I am exposed to a wide variety of subjects, ranging from esoteric coming-to-law issues in complex civil litigation to boots-on-the-ground, life-impacting issues that come up in family and criminal law.
The worst parts of my job are wearing lawyer clothes and sitting most of the day. Anytime a suit is needed, I find the clothes and shoes to be uncomfortable. Sitting most of the day is just bad for our health.
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