David Carmichael has been devoted to preserving and enhancing the professionalism of the law practice which allows lawyers to ethically best serve the interests of their clients. In that pursuit, he has held several professional offices and appointments:
*** PRESIDENT of the WYOMING STATE BAR, the organization to which all Wyoming lawyers and judges must be admitted. During his administration, Mr. Carmichael reorganized the Bar and hired a full time staff to serve the requirements of the Bar’s members and to protect the interests of the public.
*** PRESIDENT of the LARAMIE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION.
*** BOARD OF DIRECTORS of the WYOMING STATE BAR FOUNDATION (3 years).
*** BOARD OF DIRECTORS of the WYOMING TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (5 years).
*** BOARD OF ADVISORS - UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING COLLEGE OF LAW (4 years).
*** AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION HOUSE OF DELEGATES (4 terms).
*** Faculty Member, THE WESTERN TRIAL ADVOCACY INSTITUTE (2 years). The Institute, which was devoted to enhancing the trial and advocacy skills of experienced lawyers, was under the supervision of Gerry Spence the famed trial lawyer who lives and practices law in Jackson, Wyoming. The faculty consisted of top civil and criminal trial lawyers from several Western and Midwestern states and was attended by attorneys from many of the Western states of the United States.
*** ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY and PROSECUTING ATTORNEY for the CITY OF CHEYENNE (3 years).
*** PERMANENT RULES COMMITTEE OF THE WYOMING SUPREME COURT (8 years). It was the duty of the Permanent Rules Committee to create and modify appropriate rules of Civil Procedure to govern the civil litigation process in the court systems of Wyoming.
*** CHAIRMAN, SPECIAL AD HOC COMMITTEE ON CONTINGENT FEES AND DISCOVERY. In the 1970s, a question arose in the Wyoming Legislature questioning the appropriateness of the contingent fee agreements -- the usual fee arrangements made by lawyers with their personal injury clients. The Wyoming Supreme Court appointed Carmichael to be the Chairman of its SPECIAL AD HOC COMMITTEE ON CONTINGENT FEES AND DISCOVERY. The Committee’s members consisted of one Wyoming Supreme Court Justice, a Wyoming District Court Judge, a County Court Judge, two members of the Defense Bar, two members of the Plaintiff's Bar, and the Chairman. The Ad Hoc Committee drafted a proposed rule to govern the relationship of lawyers and clients in continent fee matters. It also drafted a proposed contract to be executed in such a relationship. The Wyoming Supreme Court adopted, without modification, the proposed Rule and the standard Contingent Fee Contract form which is required to be executed in all contingent fee cases.
*** NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF COMMISSIONERS ON UNIFORM STATE LAWS (now, the Uniform Law Commission). Each of the fifty states is represented on the Conference of Commissioners which studies the need for, then drafts, revises and makes available Uniforms Acts to be adopted by the state legislatures of the fifty states. Well over 100 Uniform Acts have been created over the years and exist for subjects which range from the Uniform Commercial Code to the Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
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