Whitney Agopian, J.D.

Voice: 307.777.7575
FAX: 307.777.3447
Email: wagopian@courts.state.wy.us
Wyoming Supreme Court
2301 Capitol Avenue
Cheyenne, WY

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CJP Training Series: A monthly Wyoming Juvenile Court System training.

Overview and History

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Wyoming Supreme Court a court grant in July 1999. The purpose of the grant is to assess and improve the juvenile court system’s process involving Wyoming’s most vulnerable population—abused and neglected children. In October 1999, the Supreme Court appointed an advisory council consisting of judges, attorneys, a representative from the Department of Family Services, a foster care alumna, and other professionals involved in the child protection system.

A Handbook for Educators

Guardians AdLitem Skills-­Based Handbook

A Handbook For Children

Bear Goes to Court

Guidelines for Parent Attorneys

Handbook for Parents

How A Child Enters the System

Justice for Children

Legal Resource Manual

MDT Handbook

Your Rights

Juvenile Court Law Update 2004-2018

Neglect Hearing Checklists

The following Neglect Hearing Checklists are intended to assist judges, county attorneys, guardians ad litem, parents’
attorneys and caseworkers comply with the letter and spirit of the Federal Adoption and Safe Families Act. A long and short version
of each checklist can be downloaded by clicking on the icon below. In order to provide resources that are useful to judges, attorneys
and caseworkers, please provide us your comments on how we can improve the checklists. We will continually assess the need to revise
the checklists based on comments received and any changes made to federal or state law.

Upcoming Trainings

Prosecutor and Parent Attorney Specific Trainings:

May 18 – Cheyenne (Wyoming Supreme Court) – Parent Attorney Training Only (4 hours of CLE)

June 28 – Cheyenne (Little America) – Parent Attorney Training Only (4 hours of CLE)

July 20 – Douglas (4 hours of CLE)

Douglas Training Information

July 27 – Riverton (6 hours of CLE)

Riverton Training Information

August 10 – Sheridan (6 hours of CLE)

Sheridan Training Information

August 24 – Gillette (6 hours of CLE)

Gillette Training Information

September 14 – Torrington (6 hours of CLE)

Torrington Training Information

All Trainings Flyer


The Wyoming Children’s Justice Project (CJP) announces the availability of scholarships for district court judges and/or attorneys who prosecute or accept court appointments to represent children or parents in child abuse and neglect (non-criminal), child in need of supervision, and termination of parental rights cases. These scholarships are intended to encourage judges and attorneys to attend national conferences that focus upon child welfare, juvenile, and family law. The scholarships may cover registration fees and reimbursement of airfare, lodging, meals and other travel expenses. Attorneys approved for scholarships must contribute at least 25% of the conference expenses, and agree to share the information learned with other attorneys and/or others working or volunteering in the juvenile court system.

Juvenile Court Training Modules

Module 1: Overview of Juvenile Court

Module 2: Abuse and Neglect Proceedings

Module 3: Child In Need of Supervision(CHINS) Proceedings

Module 4: Delinquency Proceedings

Module 5: Multidisciplinary Team

Module 6: Confidentiality

Meeting Schedule

  • December 14, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.
  • March 15, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.
  • May 17, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.
  • September 13, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.
  • December 13, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.

Order Appointing Council Members

Strategic Plan


Name / Title Capacity City Term Expiration
Hon. Catherine M. Fox, Chair
Wyoming Supreme Court Cheyenne 06/30/2021
Kerri Bumgardner
Uinta County District Court Clerk
District Court Clerk Evanston 06/30/2021
Lauren Radakovich
Deputy County and Prosecuting Attorney, Sweetwater County
Prosecutor Green River 06/30/2021
Affie Ellis
Senator, District 08
Senator Cheyenne 06/30/2020
Jeff Lamm
Wyoming Department of Family Services Cheyenne 06/30/2019
Edwin Heimer
Agency Administrator
Wyoming Department of Family Services Cody 06/30/2020
Michelle Heinen
UPLIFT, Parent Advocate
Parent Advocate Cheyenne 06/30/2021
Hon. Nena R. James
District Court Judge, 3rd Judicial District
District Court Judge Green River 06/30/2019
Jill Kucera
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Attorney General or designee Cheyenne 06/30/2019
Ayana Lopez
Youth Advocate
Youth Advocate Cheyenne 06/30/2020
Jennifer Neely
Training and ICWA Lead
Wyoming Department of Family Services Cheyenne 06/30/2019
Marty Nelson
Agency Administrator
Wyoming Department of Family Services Cheyenne 06/30/2019
Tara Nethercott
Senator, District 04
Senator Cheyenne 06/30/2020
Ryan Roden
Deputy State Public Defender
Wyoming State Public Defender or designee Cheyenne 06/30/2021
Hon. Thomas W. Rumpke
District Court Judge
District Court Judge Gillette 06/30/2019
Hon. Terri V. Smith
Wind River Tribal Court Jduge
Wind River Tribal Court Judge Ft. Washakie 06/30/2021
Hon. Dawnessa Snyder
District Court Judge
District Court Judge Rawlins 06/30/2020
Carol Tullio
CASA of Laramie County
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Cheyenne 06/30/2021
Leigh Anne Manlove
District Attorney, Laramie County
District Attorney Cheyenne 6/30/2021
Dan Wilde
Director, GAL Program
Guardian ad Litem Cheyenne 06/30/2019
Hon. Norman E. Young
District Court Judge, 9th Judicial District
District Court Judge Lander 06/30/2020
Lily Sharpe
State Court Administrator, Ex-Officio Member
Supreme Court Administrator Cheyenne 06/30/2020
Korin Schmidt
Deputy Director, Ex-Officio Member
Wyoming Department of Family Services Cheyenne 6/30/2020
Jennifer Davis
Ex-Officio Member
Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund Cheyenne 6/30/2021

Children’s Justice Project – The Golden Award

In 2008, the Wyoming Supreme Court Children’s Justice Project established the Excellence Award to recognize an individual involved in the child welfare system who has made significant contributions to the system and is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. The award is presented each year at the Children’s Justice Conference. Nominations for the award are solicited statewide. The Award Selection Committee is comprised of past award recipients. In 2014, the Excellence Award was renamed after Justice Michael Golden (the 2014 Excellence Award recipient) and is now referred to as the Justice Michael Golden Award or the “Golden Award”.

Past Awardees:
  • 2018 Guardian ad Litem Anniversary Celebration (10 years)
  • 2017 Sandra S. Kitchen
  • 2016 John M. Burman
  • 2015 Judge Steven Cranfill
  • 2014 Justice Michael Golden
  • 2012 Brenden McKinney
  • 2011 Jean Day
  • 2010 Rick Robb
  • 2009 Stacey Obrecht
  • 2008 Dan Wilde