CHEYENNE – The Wyoming State Bar announced Wednesday that Laramie attorney Kelly M. Neville has been appointed to serve as its president-elect, effective immediately.

Torrington attorney Nathaniel S. Hibben had been serving as the organization’s president-elect prior to being Gov. Mark Gordon’s pick for the Circuit Court bench in the Eighth Judicial District. Upon Hibben’s resignation, the Bar’s Board of Officers and Commissioners was obligated to select a replacement within 30 days.

Neville will take over as president of the Wyoming State Bar at the conclusion of the organization’s Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference in Jackson on Oct. 4. Weston T. Graham of Sheridan is currently serving as the president.

Neville serves as general counsel, senior compliance officer and risk manager for Western States Bank, a community bank headquartered in Laramie and serving southeast Wyoming, northern Colorado and western Nebraska. Formerly a partner with Brown & Hiser LLC, she is currently of counsel with the firm, with a practice focusing on business and estate planning. She is admitted to practice in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.

Neville formerly served as a commissioner of the Wyoming State Bar, chairwoman of the Wyoming State Bar Clients’ Security Fund Committee, president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Wyoming State Bar and president of the Albany County Bar Association. She is active with the Laramie Rotary Club, where she serves as the World Community Service Chair, coordinating international projects in Guatemala.

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