What is the Wyoming Center for Legal Aid?
It is a new judicial branch entity created under the Wyoming Supreme Court. The Center came into existence on April 19, 2011, and is authorized and funded by the Wyoming Civil Legal Services Act, Wyo. Stat. §§ 5-2-121 et. seq. The Act charges the Center with developing a statewide program for improving access to justice and providing civil legal services to Wyoming’s low-income citizens. The Center is Wyoming’s first state-sponsored civil legal aid program, and it is funded by revenue that is generated through increased court-filing fees.
What do we do?
The Wyoming Center for Legal Aid is dedicated to helping income-eligible Wyoming citizens connect with legal resources and find ways to address their legal needs. The Center has both short-term and long-term goals. Currently, the Center is expanding legal access to income-eligible citizens by:
- Launching a content-loaded web site filled with legal information, links to self-help forms and answers to basic questions;
- Collaborating with Legal Aid of Wyoming, a full-service legal clinic, to develop a full-time hotline and increase their attorney staffing in order to provide more income- eligible clients with extended representation;
- Providing substantial grant funding to new and existing legal service providers to enable them to reach a larger population than they currently serve; and
- Coordinating with the State Bar and the Access to Justice Commission to develop initiatives aimed at expanding statewide legal assistance and access to the court system for low-income individuals.
Long-term, the Center will be:
- Establishing new community-based legal assistance programs across the state to serve clients directly;
- Continuing to collaborate with existing providers in order to expand legal services in remote portions of the state;
- Hosting legal aid clinics and workshops around the state to assist the income-eligible in obtaining access to information and resources in the judicial system; and
- Creating additional self-help tools for pro se litigants by expanding our website, producing brochures and pamphlets that answer basic legal and procedural questions, and distributing those resources throughout the state.
Is the Center accepting clients?
The Center staff is not currently representing clients directly. Our immediate focus is building statewide infrastructure and establishing a statewide network of resources and providers to support expanded legal assistance throughout the state. Presently the Center can have a greater impact by leveraging resources among existing providers, supporting and funding new, community-centered legal service organizations, expanding information and resources for pro se litigants, and addressing barriers to the justice system faced by the low-income population.
How do I learn more about the Center's grant program?
Current grant recipients include:
- Legal Aid of Wyoming, Inc.
- The Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
- Wyoming Children's Law Center (Guardian ad litem and Mediation programs)
- Teton County Access to Justice Center
Who are the Board members and what are their terms of office?
The Wyoming Supreme Court signed an Order dated April 22, 2011, appointing the Center’s initial Board of Commissioners. The initial Board members serve a term of no less than two years, while subsequent Board members will serve a term of no less than three years. Note: all terms now end June 30th. Please see Order Revising Terms below.
- Patrick R. Day, President (Term Expires: June 30, 2014)
- Stacey Obrecht, Vice President (Term Expires: June 30, 2016)
- Rae Lynn Job, Secretary-Treasurer (Term Expires: June 30, 2016)
- Mark L. Aronowitz (Term Expires: June 30, 2014)
- Timothy O. Beppler (Term Expires: June 30, 2014)
- C. John Cotton (Term Expires: June 30, 2014)
- Stuart R. Day (Term Expires: June 30, 2016)
- Mary Johnson (Term Expires: June 30, 2014)
- Ray Fleming Dinneen (Term Expires: June 30, 2014)
- Jacquelyn Bridgeman (Term Expires: June 30, 2016)
- Jennifer Hanft (Term Expires: June 30, 2016)
Ex Officio Members
- Walter F. Eggers, III
- Devon O’Connell
- Joann Odendahl
How do I contact the Center?
If you have questions about the Wyoming Center for Legal Aid or the services funded through it, please feel free to contact us:
For administrative inquires only:
Wyoming Center for Legal Aid
2300 Capitol Ave, 1st Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 777-8383, (307) 777-8382 (fax)
firstname.lastname@example.org (please do not send legal questions by email).
If you need help with a legal problem, please call the legal aid hotline at: 1-877-432-9955.
Links to the Center’s Rules, Strategic Plan and Annual Reports:
- Order Adopting the Rules and Regulations of the Wyoming Center for Legal Aid (pdf)
- Order Appointing Members to the Board of Commissioners for the Wyoming Center for Legal Aid (pdf)
- Order Appointing Additional Members to the Board of Commissioners for the Wyoming Center For Legal Aid (pdf)
- Order Appointing New Members to the Board of Commissioners for the Wyoming Center for Legal Aid (pdf)
- 2011 Strategic Plan (pdf)
- 2012 Strategic Plan (pdf)
- 2012 Annual Report to the Wyoming Supreme Court (pdf)
- 2013 Strategic Plan (pdf)
- 2013 Annual Report to the Wyoming Supreme Court (pdf)
- 2014 Strategic Plan (pdf)
- Order Revising Terms (pdf)