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Governor Makes First Judicial Appointment

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State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

May 18, 2012


Renny MacKay
Communications Director


Governor Makes First Judicial Appointment

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Matt Mead announced today that he has appointed Richard Lavery to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of the Honorable Jere Ryckman in the Third Judicial District, Sweetwater County. Judge Ryckman is retiring after more than 23 years on the bench.

“I want to thank Judge Ryckman for his service to Wyoming and the judicial system,” Governor Mead said. “Given the quality of nominees I received to fill Judge Ryckman’s seat, I believe the future of the judiciary is bright. The Judicial Nominating Commission did great work and Rick will serve Wyoming well. He has a keen mind, depth and diversity in his career as a lawyer and the right temperament for the judiciary.”

The Judicial Nominating Commission is chaired by Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kite. Other members are: Robert Shively, Bruce Salzburg, Jeremy Michaels, Richard Bridger, Shelly Christianson and Gina Monk.

Richard Lavery was born and raised in Rock Springs and currently practices law in Evanston with the firm of Lavery & Rose. He has a broad range of experiences, including civil litigation, transactional law, mediation and criminal prosecution. “I am honored to be appointed and to have this opportunity to serve the people of Sweetwater County,” Lavery said. “I thank Governor Mead for his confidence in me.”

Lavery is the municipal court judge for Evanston, Lyman, Mountain View and Bear River. He served for six years on the Wyoming State Bar Board of Officers and Commissioners and completed his term as President of the Wyoming State Bar in 2009.  He is currently a member of the Wyoming Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission.

Lavery has also served on a number of local boards and local non-profit organizations. He and his wife Ann have four children.

Judge Ryckman’s retirement is effective May 21st.  Lavery is pronounced (lǎ´ vuhr ee).