Young Lawyer Spotlight, 082021 WYBJ, Vol. 44 No. 4. 12

AuthorAlbert K. Walsh Laramie, Wyoming
PositionVol. 44 4 Pg. 12

Young Lawyer Spotlight

No. Vol. 44 No. 4 Pg. 12

Wyoming Bar Journal

August, 2021

Albert K. Walsh Laramie, Wyoming

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve lived in Wyoming my entire life except for the eight and a half years I was in the Army. I received my undergraduate degree from UW in 2003 and my law degree from UW in 2017. I’m married with two kids, and when I’m not working, we like to head for the mountains.

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

I’ve always been interested in the law. I thought about law school when I was an undergraduate but went to the Army first and did all those things that are much easier to do in your 20s and 30s.

I picked UW for law school because when we got out of the Army, my wife and I moved back to Laramie and we wanted to stay here. I didn’t apply to any other schools. If UW didn’t take me, I would have just done something else.

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

UW is great at clinics and helping students find opportunities outside the College of Law through internships and externships. Taking advantage of those opportunities was very helpful in preparing for practice.

What was your first job after law school?

I clerked for the Hon. Alan Johnson at the U.S. District Court in Cheyenne.

What has been your most rewarding or significant case or experience?

Hands down, it was clerking for Judge Johnson. I don’t even know where to start in talking about how great it was. Judge Johnson was such an amazing mentor. I did not fully appreciate how lucky I was to be able to walk into his office and talk about the law and being a lawyer until my clerkship ended, and I couldn’t do it anymore. Beyond that, seeing the inside of how any court operates is worth it for any new attorney, along with the breadth of cases and legal questions that you see. It was also great to work with all the other law clerks and the entire court staff. Everyone in the clerk of court’s office is so friendly and willing to help. We are lucky to have them.

What has kept you inspired and energized in your practice?

Being able to pick cases that I want to work on and that I find meaningful. For me, that’s veterans law.

What do you like best about being a Wyoming lawyer?

That almost everyone from other attorneys to the judges and court staff are pretty easy to get on with and happy...

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