The late Judge Betty Kail of Lander to be honored in Wyoming Supreme Court exhibit
A portrait of the late Judge Betty M. Kail of Lander will be featured in the Wyoming Supreme Court building along with other influential women from state’s legal and judicial system in a special exhibit to be unveiled next month.
The exhibit is to be located in a hallway leading to the Supreme Court’s Law Library in a space being named “Equality Hall.” The exhibit opens to the public on February 12th
Kail was the first female judge in Wyoming, being appointed as a county court judge in 1981 by Governor Ed Herschler. After two years at the county level, Kail was elevated to the Ninth Judicial District Bench in Lander by Governor Mike Sullivan. She served until her retirement in 1994.
Betty attended the University of Wyoming, where she received both her undergraduate and law degrees, graduating from law school in 1959. She was an active member of Kappa Delta and was a majorette for the Wyoming Cowboys, according to information in her obituary. As a young, woman lawyer, Betty practiced law with her father, Art, in Lander, during a time when it was not uncommon to trade legal services for chicken dinners. It was one of the most special times of her life she often had said.
Kail died on March 11, 2017 in Lander.