2017 – 2018 Brimmer Scholar

DSC_4454The College of Law is pleased to recognize Casey Terrell, of Pinedale, as the recipient of the Clarence A. Brimmer Scholarship for 2017-2018.

The Brimmer Scholarship is the largest and most prestigious scholarship offered by the College of Law. It is named to honor the long and distinguished service of Judge Brimmer, and to ensure that his renowned career serves as an inspiration to up-and-coming generations of legal professionals.

Along with the title of the Brimmer Scholar, there is a responsibility of the recipient to make a lasting commitment to excellence and service throughout the remainder of their legal education and career.

The Brimmer Scholar is selected from a pool of finalists who interview before the Brimmer Scholarship Selection Committee. The Committee consists of representatives from the judiciary, the bar, the faculty, former clerks of Judge Brimmer, and members of the Brimmer family.

It is an extraordinary honor to be a recipient of this award as well as a finalist.

This year’s finalists included Jennie Boulerice, of Cheyenne, Becky Farley, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Megan Romano, of Cheyenne, Max Rerucha, of Laramie, and Catherine Young, of Casper.

Casey Terrell has been an incredibly driven and outgoing student throughout his law school career. With an interest in pursuing a career in energy and natural resource law, He has been an active participant in all of the opportunities the law school has to offer in the discipline.

Terrell is concurrently earning a Masters degree in Environment and Natural Resources though the duel-degree program offered by the College of Law and the Haub School.

When not in class, Terrell has spent a good portion of his free time during his second year participating in student competitions. Casey was part of the winning team in the Davis & Cannon Natural Resources Law Moot Court Competition, and traveled to White Plains, New York to compete in the National Environmental Moot Court Competition at Pace Law School. Additionally, he competed in the National Energy Negotiations Competition in Houston, Texas where his team finished 9th overall.

He is poised to take on even more tasks in his third and final year. In addition to defending his Master’s thesis, Terrell will be serving as an Article Editor for the Wyoming Law Review, participating in the Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Clinic, and working as the Carbon Safe Legal Research Fellow, a grant-funded position through the School of Energy Resources.

Under the supervision of Professor Tara Righetti, Terrell will be working on the collaborative carbon safe project with people in SER, Geology, Engineering and industry workers to achieve a carbon capture method in order to minimize environmental impacts.

Terrell credits much of his interests in energy law and his success to the community in which he was raised in Pinedale. “I just want to say thank you for all of the community support,” he says. “My success would not have been possible without the encouragement I receive every time I go back home.”

Terrell is extremely humbled to be the recipient of this eminent scholarship. “I feel extremely honored to have been chosen for this scholarship,” he says. “Judge Brimmer left a lasting impact on the legal community in Wyoming and it means so much to me to be a part of that legacy.”

After graduation, Terrell is interested in doing a clerkship or potentially doing some international energy work abroad. Long-term, he hopes to return to work in the energy sector in Wyoming. As he says, “you can take the cowboy out of Wyoming, but you can’t take the Wyoming out of the cowboy.”