Alumni Highlights: 10th Circuit Court of Appeals


The College of Law hosted oral arguments by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, September 10, 2015. The three Judges making up the 10th Circuit panel included The Honorable Terrence O’Brien (JD ’72), The Honorable Gregory Phillips (JD ’87), and the Honorable Harris Hartz of New Mexico.

The Court heard five oral arguments, among which a handful of Wyoming law alumni served as Counsel. Recent graduate Grant Smith (JD ’14) was one of the attorneys that made an oral argument. Smith works in the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming. During his time in law school, Smith worked in the Defender Aid Clinic, was a the Managing Editor of the Wyoming Law Review, was a Brimmer Scholar finalist, and was named the Peter C. Maxfield Outstanding Student for the class of 2014. 10th circ judges

Following the oral arguments, the Judges stayed for an hour long question and answer session with current College of Law students.

“Having access to the 10th Circuit really opens a lot of doors for UW law students,” notes 2L student Micah Christensen. “For being such a small law school, it is incredible to have such grand opportunities, and it was great to see UW alumni in action.”

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, has graciously made appearances at the UW College of Law once every two or three years. The College of Law is thankful for the willingness of the Court to allow our students see first-hand where a law degree can take them.