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Judicial Nominating Commission Announces Nominees For The Vacancy In The Circuit Court, Sixth Judicial District

Published: 9/27/2016 12:00:00 AM

On behalf of the Judicial Nominating Commission, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice E. James Burke, who serves as chairman, announced today that the commission has completed its consideration of all who have expressed interest in the position of Circuit Court Judge in the Sixth Judicial District. Pursuant to Article 5, § 4 of the Wyoming Constitution, the Judicial Nominating Commission submitted three nominees for the position to Governor Matthew H. Mead for his consideration. Those nominees, listed in alphabetical order, are:

  • Lisa K. Finkey
  • Paul S. Phillips
  • Ronald E. Wirthwein, Jr.

Governor Mead has thirty days to appoint one of these three nominees to serve as the new Circuit Court Judge. Current members of the Judicial Nominating Commission are three lawyers elected by the Wyoming State Bar: P. Craig Silva of Casper, Richard H. Honaker of Rock Springs, and Professor John M. Burman of Laramie; and three non-lawyers appointed by the Governor: Janine Thompson of Cheyenne, Lori Emmert of Douglas, and Teri Bowers of Grover.

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Congratulations to Retiring Judges Donnell and Tharp

Published: 9/22/2016 12:00:00 AM

Judicial positions are a unique challenge—it takes a mix of special qualities to perform the job effectively. The Wyoming judiciary has been very fortunate to have benefitted from the integrity, temperament and knowledge of District Judge Jeffrey Donnell and Circuit Court Judge Terrill Tharp over the past 19 years and 22 years, respectively. In August, these two members of the judiciary announced their plans to retire as of January, 2017. Access full article here.

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Judge Donnell Receives State Bar President's Award

Published: 9/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

The Wyoming State Bar recently announced that the Honorable Jeffrey A. Donnell, District Judge for the Second Judicial District, Laramie, is this year's recipient of the State Bar President's Award. Congratulations, Judge Donnell, for receiving this well-deserved award. Access the full article here.

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Judge Roberts Receives Judicial Excellence Award

Published: 9/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

The Wyoming State Bar and the Wyoming Supreme Court are pleased to announce that the Honorable Wesley A. Roberts, Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial District - Riverton, is this year's recipient of the Larry L. Lehman Award for Judicial Excellence. Access the full article here.

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Wyoming Court Security Commission's 2016 Annual Report

Published: 9/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

The Wyoming Court Security Commission submitted its annual report, as required by statute, on the status of court security in the State of Wyoming. To access the report, click here.

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Equal Justice Wyoming’s 2016 Annual Report

Published: 8/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

Equal Justice Wyoming submitted its annual report to the Wyoming Supreme Court covering the 2016 fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. To access the report, click here.

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Judge Jeffrey Donnell to retire, Gov. Mead to nominate judge’s replacement

Published: 8/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

View link here for news article about retiring Judge Jeffrey Donnell.

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Longtime Circuit Court Judge Terrill R. Tharp to retire

Published: 8/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

View link here for news article about retiring Judge Terrill Tharp.

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Judicial Nominating Commission Announces District Court, Second Judicial District Albany County (Laramie) Vacancy

Published: 8/9/2016 12:00:00 AM

Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice E. James Burke, who acts as Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission, announced today that Second Judicial District Court Judge Jeffrey A. Donnell will be retiring from the court, effective January 2, 2017.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will accept expressions of interest from qualified persons to fill the vacancy through August 29, 2016. Copies of the expression of interest form can be obtained from the Supreme Court’s website. The completed form must be received in the office of the Chief Justice no later than 5:00 p.m., on August 29, 2016.

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