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‘You Be The Judge’ returns to Western Feb. 4 and 11 as part of annual judicial education program

January 29, 2016

"You Be The Judge' returns to Western on Feb. 4 and 11.

Western Wyoming Community College will partner with the Wyoming Supreme Court, the District and Circuit Court Judges of the Third Judicial District, and the Sweetwater County Bar to host a free two-part event, “You Be The Judge,” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, in Room 1302, and on Thursday, Feb. 11, in Room 3650 A and B, at the Rock Springs campus. Local judges and attorneys will present mock cases and invite audience recommendations on verdicts and sentencing, while explaining how the rules of evidence, due process, state laws, and other factors necessarily influence judicial decisions and the outcomes of cases.

Participating in the sessions are Wyoming Supreme Court Justices Michael Davis, who is scheduled to attend on Feb. 4, and Catherine M. Fox, who is scheduled to attend on Feb. 11. District Court Judges Nena James and Richard Lavery, and Circuit Court Judges John Prokos and Craig Jones, will also participate. Attorneys from the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office, as well as local attorneys in private practice, will also participate. None will speak about active cases, but the mock cases that are presented will be fictional composites of elements from a variety of real-life civil and criminal scenarios.  

On Thursday, Feb. 4, mock cases will include a juvenile criminal case, presented by Judge James, and a sentencing case related to a hoax terrorist threat, presented by Judge Jones. On Thursday, Feb. 11, cases will include a small-claims medical-malpractice case brought by unhappy pet owners against a veterinarian, presented by Judge Prokos, and an employment law case involving a high school activities director, presented by Judge Lavery. Both sessions will last until approximately 9 p.m.     

The following links contain additional information about each mock case. Participants are invited to review the preliminary facts before each night's event.

Each session is a stand-alone event, and students and other citizens are encouraged to participate on one or both evenings. These sessions are intended to be interactive and educational, and they will offer insight into how judges consider their decisions and how their thought processes work with regard to legal issues. 

“You Be The Judge” programs also will be presented during closed daytime sessions for high school students at Green River High School on Feb. 2 and 9, and at Rock Springs High School on Feb. 3 and 10. The students will consider the same cases and issues as participants in the evening college sessions.   

Similar programs have been offered in Cheyenne and around the state since 2014. Participants have described these sessions as “informative and helpful” and as contributing to the “transparency of the judicial system.”

Western Wyoming Community College is pleased to partner with the Wyoming Supreme Court, the District and Circuit Court Judges of the Third Judicial District, and the Sweetwater County Bar to present this free two-night event to the citizens of Sweetwater County. Refreshments will be provided.  

For more information, contact Christopher Sheid, Marketing and Communication Coordinator for Western Wyoming Community College, at or at (307) 382-1661. 


For more information, contact Audrey Harton at (307) 382-1661 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181