Recently, Hirst Applegate attorneys went back to their roots at the University of Wyoming College of Law to assist with law student education.
Attorneys Rob Jarosh and Erin Berry served as guest faculty for the Summer Trial Institute in August. The Summer Trial Institute is a two-week trial advocacy course that gives law students the opportunity to get hands on experience with all skills related to trials. The culmination of the two-week course is a jury trial. Ms. Berry participated in the Summer Trial Institute as a law student and credits it as the single best learning experience she received in law school. This year, as guest instructors, Ms. Berry and Mr. Jarosh presented on topics such as jury selection, pretrial motions practice, and expert witness examinations.
Erin Berry also recently presented on “Staying Well While in Law School” at the University of Wyoming College of Law’s Orientation. According to statistics from Bloomberg Law, though fewer than 10% of students report depression when entering law school, 40% of students report depression after three years of law school. To combat this, as well as other worrying wellbeing statistics, the University of Wyoming College of Law is instituting many new ways of supporting law students. To that end, the University of Wyoming College of Law invited Ms. Berry to present to the students about well-being in law school during their orientation week. Ms. Berry provided many tips to the law students to support their well-being while in law school, including information on mindfulness, incorporating physical activity into a busy schedule, and practicing positivity.
Finally, attorney John Fritz served as a judge for the Davis & Canon Natural Resources Moot Court Competition in September. Mr. Fritz competed in the Davis & Canon Natural Resources Moot Court Competition while he was a student and enjoyed the full circle experience of returning as a judge.
Many of Hirst Applegate’s attorneys are graduates of the University of Wyoming College of Law and the attorneys often volunteer their time to assist with law school events. Hirst Applegate prides itself on being a Wyoming law firm and is committed to supporting the University of Wyoming College of Law and its students. Go Pokes!