Attorneys

 

Located in Cheyenne, Harris & Harris, P.C. serves clients throughout Wyoming.  Terry Harris created the firm in 1996, as Terry J. Harris, P.C.  Emily Harris joined the firm in 2013, giving the firm its current name.

 

 

Terry J. Harris 

 

Terry joined the Wyoming Bar in 1982.  For the past 20 or so years, he has focused on federal criminal defense.  Prior to this, he focused on disability related litigation and also presided over contested case administrative hearings for the State of Wyoming.  He served as the Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney Representative for the federal district of Wyoming at the national level for a number of years.  Terry continues to serve as a Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney.  Terry has been a member of the two legal teams that successfully represented Wyoming’s last two death row inmates. That first team, lead by expert death penalty counsel Sean O’Brien, along with Terry and co-counsel Jennifer Merrigan, succeeded in having the Federal District Judge set aside the client’s death sentence and first degree murder conviction. Now, a second team, again led by Sean O’Brien, along with Terry and co-counsel Lindsay Runnels, succeeded in their efforts to have the Federal District Judge set aside the client’s death sentence. The legal team continues to represent the client in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and also before the Natrona County District Court in Wyoming.  In 2007, the Tenth Circuit appointed Terry to the Court's non-competitive review process that led to the Colorado/Wyoming Federal Defender’s reappointment to a second four-year term.  Following, in 2011, the Tenth Circuit appointed Terry to its Committee to Assess Candidates for the position of Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming.  Terry also served as a part-time Senior Assistant Public Defender at Laramie County Trial Division of the Wyoming Office of the State Public Defender.

 

J.D., University of Wyoming, College of Law (1982)

B.S., Virginia Tech (1979), Accounting

 

 

 

Emily M. Harris

 

Emily joined the Wyoming Bar in 2013.  Until the spring of 2016, Emily served as an Assistant Public Defender at the Laramie County Trial Division of the Wyoming Office of the State Public Defender, serving many hundreds of clients.  Initially, Emily represented mainly misdemeanor clients charged mostly with domestic violence, driving under the influence, and drug possession offenses.  For her final year with the Trial Division, Emily served clients charged with felony offenses ranging from drug distribution to aggravated kidnapping.  She also has helped clients successfully enter and graduate from the alternative courts in Laramie County.  In the past, Emily served as the defense bar representative for both the Laramie County Veterans Treatment Court and the Laramie County Drug Court.  Currently, Emily focuses primarily on criminal defense work at both the state and federal levels.  In the spring of 2018, Emily returned, and currently serves, as a part time Senior Assistant Public Defender at the Laramie County Trial Division of the Wyoming Office of the State Public Defender, again focusing on clients charged with felony offenses.  Emily also serves as a Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney as well an Indigent Parents Contract Attorney for Laramie County.

 

J.D., University of Wyoming, College of Law (2013)

B.A., Arizona State University (2010), History, summa cum laude

B.A., Arizona State University (2010), Political Science, summa cum laude

Terry

 

Guest Lecturer, IV Amendment

Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy (2011-2015)

 

Moderator, Death Penalty in Wyoming

Wyoming State Bar Young Lawyers Section (Fall 2014)

 

Moderator, Right to Counsel in Federal Courts

Colorado State Bar Association (Summer 2014)

 

Panel Attorney Representative, District of Wyoming

Criminal Justice Act (2003-2013)

 

Panelist, Colorado's Marijuana Legalization and the Wyoming Border: A Hazy Issue

University of Wyoming College of Law (Spring 2013)

 

Panelist, Federal Sentencing Update

Tri-District Federal Bar Conference (Spring 2008)

 

Emily

 

Presenter, Effective Communication with Clients

Office of the State Public Defender Conference

(Fall 2018)

 

Defense Bar Representative

Laramie County Drug Court (2017-2018, 2015-2016)

 

Presenter/Instructor, Criminal Litigation Bootcamp

Wyoming Trial Lawyer's Association (Spring 2018)

 

Secretary & Treasurer

Laramie County Bar Association (2015-2016)

 

Guest Lecturer, IV Amendment

Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy (2015)

 

Defense Bar Representative

Laramie County Veterans Treatment Court (2014-2015)

 

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