Finally, as Zara Mason stood in front of the justices, her peers and, most importantly, her family to take her oath as a newly-appointed lawyer in the state of Wyoming, she thought a lot about the roads that she traveled to get to this point. There was high school, followed by college where she was a Division-I student athlete. There was a Master’s Degree, during which she interned as an investigator with the El Paso County Public Defender’s Office. There were the years spent as a Private Investigator, primarily working on sex-related crimes. Then came the long nights, uneventful weekends and unexciting winter and summer breaks, while she worked to financially put herself through law school and become a member of the Wyoming Law Review. Then, finally, there was the law degree, the bar exam and the job offer from WPDN – an offer that she said she ‘bullied’ her way into. But that’s how Zara has always been; she works hard for what she wants, and she doesn’t stop until, finally, she gets it.

“To be completely honest with you, WPDN wasn’t even hiring at the time I was looking to secure a post-graduate job,” Mason revealed. “In the fall of 2018, WPDN was looking for a second-year summer associate and I reached out to Kyle Ridgeway because I had previously seen some of his work product and I recognized his name.”

Mason recalled emailing Ridgeway and passing along her resume and a cover letter, hoping that he would get her materials to the right people.

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“So, in a way, I was lucky that my resume even got delivered to Scott Ortiz and Amy Iberlin,” she continued. “They happened to be coming down to Laramie to interview second-year law students for the summer internship and I essentially just told Scott and Amy that I wanted to work for WPDN as an associate.”

While Zara maintains that she somewhat bullied her way into her position, WPDN wouldn’t have hired her unless she had already proven herself and produced a pretty remarkable resume. She seemed like a good fit for the team […]

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