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Wyoming Justice Michael Davis honored with judicial excellence award

Mark Gordon is sworn in as governor by Wyoming Chief Justice Michael Davis during the 2019 Wyoming Inaugural on Monday, Jan. 7, at the Cheyenne Civic Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Supreme Court Justice Michael Davis, who plans to retire in January, was presented with the Larry L. Lehman Award for Judicial Excellence on Wednesday, according to the Wyoming State Bar.

Davis, who previously served as chief justice in Wyoming, was presented with the award a conference in Cheyenne on Wednesday. District Court Judge Catherine Wilking and District Court Judge Thomas Campbell presented Davis with the award on behalf of the 24 district court judges in Wyoming.

Circuit Court Judge Brian Christensen presented the award on behalf of the 24 circuit court judges in the state.

“They recognized Justice Davis for his important scholarly contribution to Wyoming jurisprudence over his nine years on the Wyoming Supreme Court, and especially for his ‘rock-steady leadership of the judicial branch through perilous challenges that COVID-19 presented to us,'” according to Wilking. 

The award is given in honor of former Justice Larry Lehman, who died in 2004, according to the Wyoming State Bar. Lehman “is remembered for his tireless efforts to improve the operation of the court system and to provide greater access to justice for all Wyoming citizens.”

With Davis set to retire in January, Governor Mark Gordon will be set to make his first appointment to the Wyoming Supreme Court.