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Equal Justice Wyoming Celebrates Pro Bono & Service Leadership

Posted by arosales on September 22, 2016

The Wyoming State Bar recognized various individuals and groups last week at its Annual State Bar Meeting with service, leadership, and pro bono awards. Equal Justice Wyoming's leadership was recognized and played a part in nominating and recognizing award winners.

Angie Dorsch, Executive Director of Equal Justice Wyoming, was recognized with the Champion of Justice for Legal Services Award for her contributions to increasing access to justice.  Dorsch joined Equal Justice Wyoming in 2012 as its first Executive Director, and has worked with lawyers, judges, legislators,and the general public to increase access to civil legal services.She was presented the award by Casper attorney Stuart Day, who has served on the Board of Commissioners for Equal Justice Wyoming since its inception. The nomination for the award was submitted by Dona Playton of the University of Wyoming.

University of Wyoming College of Law third-year law student Albert Walsh was recognized with the Outstanding Pro Bono Student Award for his contributions assisting fellow student veterans. He has assisted with the pro bono work of retired Laramie attorney John Hursh and also volunteers tirelessly with the Veteran’s Service Center on campus. Walsh was nominated by Alisa M. Rosales, Staff Attorney at Equal Justice Wyoming, who also presented the award.

The Wyoming State Bar also recognized the Cheyenne law firm of Woodhouse Roden Nethercott is one of the recipients of the 2016 Pro Bono Awards for Legal Services for Indigent Clients. The firm has regularly sponsored and participated in monthly Equal Justice Wyoming/Wyoming State Bar sponsored law clinics and the firm’s attorneys are frequent volunteers for clinic nights in Laramie County.  The volunteer attorneys have taken on cases of clients they meet through the clinics and also have established pro bono work as a significant part of the firm’s culture.  The attorneys routinely accept pro bono cases from Equal Justice Wyoming.  Dorsch nominated the firm and Liz Hutchinson, Staff Attorney at Equal Justice Wyoming, presented the award. Gay Woodhouse and Tara Nethercott accepted the award on behalf of the firm. 

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Dona Playton & Angie Dorsh               Alisa M. Rosales & Albert Walsh        Tara Nethercott, Gay Woodhouse & Liz Hutchinson