MARILYN KITE

Wyoming's first female Supreme Court Justice & Chief Justice

Wyoming gal and former Supreme Court Justice, Marilyn Kite, with her buckskin, Cash.

Wyoming gal and former Supreme Court Justice, Marilyn Kite, with her buckskin, Cash.

 
 
It’s not the question that women would be better judges, or that we ought to have a quota system or anything like that. What is true is that you bring to the court your own personal life experiences. What is also true - people who appear before the courts need to have the bench look something like them.

You have to have the trust and confidence of the public in order for the courts to do their job. For there to be trust and confidence of all the public, you need to have more women represented on the bench.
— Former Wyoming Supreme Court Justice & Chief Justice Marilyn Kite
 
 
 

Listen to Marilyn's Story.

In 2000, Marilyn Kite became the first woman to be appointed to Wyoming’s highest court as a Supreme Court Justice, and later as Wyoming’s first female Chief Justice. During her time on the bench, she was tasked with re-writing the state's school finance case and helped to establish an access to justice fund for Wyoming. Marilyn is thoroughly a Wyoming woman - she was born in Laramie, attended the University of Wyoming, stayed in Wyoming after graduation where she’d be an influential force in developing the Wyoming branch of Holland & Hart (now a nationwide law firm). Marilyn is an accomplished horsewoman and was one of the "founding mothers" of the first women's antelope hunt in the country to benefit the Wyoming Women's Foundation.

During our interview, I talk with Marilyn about how she came to serve in Wyoming’s Supreme court, why she felt a woman should have occupied that position years earlier, and how more women can follow in her footsteps.

 
 
Wyoming's first female Supreme Court Justice and first female Chief Justice, Marilyn Kite.

Wyoming's first female Supreme Court Justice and first female Chief Justice, Marilyn Kite.

 
 
 
I was proud to be the first, but the fact of the matter is, we were behind a lot of other states.
 
 
Marilyn Kite - Women in Wyoming - Black and White Cash Candid Portrait
 
 
I think you’re never limited in what you can get out there and do. I’m very, very thankful and humbled by the opportunities I’ve had, and I hope that my service causes people to recognize that women have a lot to offer to the bench.
 
 
Wyoming Supreme Court Justice & Former Chief Justice, Marilyn Kite. 

Wyoming Supreme Court Justice & Former Chief Justice, Marilyn Kite.