Wyoming State Bar Introduces New Governing Members

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A Cheyenne attorney has been named president of the Wyoming State Bar for the coming year.

Billie L.M. Addleman, managing partner at the Hirst Applegate Law Firm, earned his law degree from the Univesity of Wyoming College of Law and has practiced at Hirst Applegate since 2004.

Addleman’s primary focus is in civil litigation, including professional liability, commercial litigation, real estate litigation and professional licensing. He also serves on the UW College of Law advisory committee and the Laramie County Community College paralegal advisory committee.

Addleman was one of a number of attorneys elected to fill officers’ positions in the Bar, according to news releases from the organization.

Laramie attorney Benjamin Rose was elected to serve as the chair of the Young Lawyers section, for which he will serve one year. He is focused on development for the University of Wyoming College of Law.

P. Craig Silva, a Casper attorney, has been elected commissioner of the bar to represent the Seventh Judicial District, which consists of Natrona County. He will serve a three-year term.

Basin attorney Jennifer L. Kirk has also been elected commissioner of the bar, representing the Fifth Judicial District, consisting of Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties. She will serve a three-year term.

Kirk is a Basin native and earned her law degree in 2014. She has spent the last year working as a deputy county and prosecuting attorney for Big Horn County.

Finally, Sheridan attorney Kevin K. Kessner was elected commissioner to serve the Fourth Judicial District, consisting of Buffalo and Sheridan counties. He will also serve a three-year term.

Elected vice president was R. Scott Kath from Powell, who earned his degree from the UW College of Law in 1983 and is a partner with the Copenhaver Law Office.

J. Kenneth Barbe of Casper is now the Wyoming State Bar president-elect. He’s been a resident of Wyoming since 1975 and obtained his degree from the UW College of Law in 1983. He will serve as president when Addleman’s term is complete.

Barbe is a member of the firm of Welborn, Sullivan, Meck & Tooley P.C. in Casper.

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