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WYO Attorneys Scrutinize State Laws, Design Updates

June 23, 2010

TETON VILLAGE, Wyo. - Wyoming's Governmental Claims Act, Medicare compliance, and laws connected to uninsured and underinsured motorists are all on the study table today (Wednesday) at the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association 2010 conference.

WTLA Executive Director Marcia Shanor says wrongful death case law is also being scrutinized. It is an issue of concern in a state with the highest rate of on-the-job deaths in the country.

"There just have been a lot of question marks about who – in the heirs, or in the estate – can actually file a case, and how that process works."

The discussions are expected to lead to suggestions to improve existing laws and close loopholes, says Shanor. Attorneys in attendance will also get some coaching on court process and strategies to improve their chances of winning cases. Shanor explains that kind of mentoring is important, to uphold civil rights.

"Those are the kinds of skills we're talking about, is for lawyers who represent people and how to help them be the best advocates they can."

The agenda features experts from around the country, including the North Carolina lead attorney in the Duke lacrosse case and related scandal. The conference runs through Friday in Teton Village; information is online at www.wytla.org.

Deb Courson, Public News Service - WY