Young Lawyer Spotlight, 0221 WYBJ, Vol. 43 No. 1. 14

AuthorHolli J. Welch Wyoming Attorney General’s Office Cheyenne, Wyoming
PositionVol. 43 1 Pg. 14

Young Lawyer Spotlight

Vol. 43 No. 1 Pg. 14

Wyoming Bar Journal

February, 2021

Holli J. Welch Wyoming Attorney General’s Office Cheyenne, Wyoming

The Young Lawyers Section of the Wyoming State Bar strives to promote and commend our young lawyers in the state of Wyoming. Tis month’s feature is Cheyenne lawyer Holli J. Welch. Not only is Ms. Welch an accomplished attorney, but she is also a passionate and active member of the Wyoming Young Lawyer Section. She is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wyoming in the State Employment Unit. She formerly served as Chair of the Young Lawyer Section and currently serves as the District Representative for Wyoming and Colorado to the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, as well as vice-chair of membership for the ABA YLD.

Tell readers a little about yourself.

I always say I am from Cody because I moved there in the 8th grade and my family is still there, but really, I am from all over. My parents were both in the oil industry, so we lived in California, Colorado, and Louisiana before ultimately settling in Wyoming. My grandmother has lived in Cody since long before I was born, so Cody was always home before I actually moved there.

I call myself an indoor person because I spend most of my free time reading and watching movies, cooking, and crafting. I have two rescue dogs and a rescue cat, so I like to spend a lot of time at home with them. When the weather is nice, I like to get the dogs outside, but they are not fans of the cold and the wind! We spend a lot of time curled up in front of the fire.

Why did you decide to go to law school? Why did you choose the University of Wyoming for law school?

I have always liked the concept of advocacy and really enjoyed doing speech and debate in high school. Law school was really a natural profession for me. I made it through undergrad debt-free between the Hathaway scholarship and working during the breaks. I really did not want to be saddled with a ton of debt from law school. UW was a great choice for incurring less debt, and I really liked getting to stay in Laramie for a while longer. One of my best friends was in pharmacy school at the time, so we lived together my 1L year and kept up our study habits from college, which really helped with the transition from undergrad to law school.

How did the University of Wyoming College of Law prepare you for your practice?


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