Alumni Highlight: Champions of Justice for Legal Services Awards

The Wyoming State Bar announced that Stuart Day (J.D. ’84), an attorney from Casper, and Jodie Ann Thompson (J.D. ’93), an attorney from Cody, are the recipients of this years Champion of Justice for Legal Services Awards. The Champion of Justice for Legal Services Award is announced at the annual Wyoming State Bar Association Meeting and is awarded to attorneys that have provided distinguished service and leadership in pro bono work throughout Wyoming.

Stuart Day has served on the volunteer Equal Justice Wyoming Board of Commissioners since it was created in 2011.  In daythat capacity he has helped navigate the growth of statewide legal services and pro bono work in Wyoming. He has established pro bono work as a significant part of his firms’ culture and instilled this in his daughters, who also regularly undertake pro bono cases.  Day routinely accepts pro bono cases from Equal Justice Wyoming.  He has been a supporter and voice for access to justice in the state and also serves on the Wyoming Access to Justice Commission where he chairs one of the working groups.  In addition, Day helped establish the Equal Justice Wyoming Foundation and currently serves as the Foundation’s inaugural President.

Day is a shareholder at the Casper Firm of Williams, Porter, Day & Neville, P.C. He has served as the President of the Natrona County Bar Association and Chairman of the Wyoming Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.  He was also President of the Wyoming State Bar Foundation.  Day is currently a member of the Equal Justice Wyoming Board of Directors and is President of the Equal Justice Wyoming Foundation, as well as a member of the University of Wyoming College of Law Dean’s Advisory Board.

Jodie Thompson is a Wyoming Special Assistant Attorney General and the executive director of Basin Authority, the Fifth Judicial District Child Support Authority in Cody, Wyoming. She has represented the State of Wyoming in child support issues since 1995. During her 20 years of experience, Thompson has served on the Wyoming Child Support Enforcement document committee and continues to serve on the legislative and policy committees.

In addition to her duties in Wyoming, Thompson donates much of her spare time to philanthropic needs and is a member of P.E.O., Park County Republican Women officer, Cody High School Booster Club officer, and volunteer for many groups including assisting with reading and math at Livingston Elementary School. She served as a Park County Republican precinct committeewoman for many years and chaired the Patron’s Ball for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. She is also a past president of the University of Wyoming College of Law Alumni Association and a life-time member of the UW Alumni Association. Thompson believes strongly in helping those in need, and her pro bono work is primarily in mediation and domestic relations.

The College of Law congratulates our outstanding alumni on this well deserved award!