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Powell attorney receives Supreme Court award for service to children and families

Sep 8, 2017 From wire reports

Sandra Kitchen of Powell has been named the 2017 Children's Justice Project Golden Award for "extraordinary commitment to Wyoming children and families involved in the court system."

The award was presented by retired Wyoming Supreme Court Justice Michael Golden for whom the award is named.

The Wyoming Supreme Court's Children's Justice Project established the Golden Award in recognition of significant contributions by those who work on behalf of Wyoming children and families involved in the children welfare and juvenile court system.

The award is presented each year at the statewide Children's Justice Conference and is given to a leading practitioner in the field of child welfare.

Kitchen received the award for her work in the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) program in which she represents the interest of children in juvenile court cases.

"To say that Sandee enjoys helping children through the Guardian Ad Litem program is an enormous understatement," Golden said in presenting the award. "It is her representation of children that feeds her true passion in the practice of law."

In addition to GAL representations of her own, she supervises GALs in a multi-county region in northern Wyoming. Her successes in this arena garnered her Wyoming's 2012 Outstanding Guardians Ad Litem Program Award."

"I am truly honored by this award," Kitchen said. "The true reward, however, is being able to help children and families."

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree with honors at the University of Wyoming, Kitchen graduated from the UW College of Law in 1983 and was admitted to the Wyoming State Bar that same year. She has practiced law in Powell for 34 years and has been a partner in her current firm--Copenhaver, Kath, Kitchen and Kolpitcke--for 30 years.

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