Donald Tolin, Attorney & Counselor At Law, together with his wife, Vickie, his legal assistant for the past 42 years, have been active locally, throughout Wyoming, the United States, and Internationally, in the community for youth, sports activities, and charitable organizations; both when their children were involved with school, sports, exta-curricular activities, and afterwards.
Mr. and Mrs. Tolin had four (4) children, all graduates of Verda James Elementary School, Centennial Junior High, and Kelly Walsh High School. Two daughters graduated from Casper College and then their oldest daughter, Cece, went on to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. She is now a co-owner of ASK WELLNESS, and has previously managed Vintage/Poplar Wine & Spirits , a fine wines and martini bar in Casper, and Firerock Steakhous, and also did custom catering. Their other daughter, Sarah, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Sadly, she passed away in 2005 at the age of 23 just prior to her college class graduating from the University of Oklahoma. Her college degree was awarded posthumously by the University of Oklahoma with Mr. and Mrs. Tolin, and Sarah's siblings accepting her degree on her behalf. Their oldest son, Joshua, graduatated with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK), a Masters of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from the University of Nebraska, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2010. He is a Judge Advocate and Captain (soon to be Major) in the United States Air Force. He was previousy assigned to JAG Corps at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Area Defense Counsel at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota, Area Defense Counsel stationed at Al Udeid Air Force Base in Doah, Qatar for the Middle-East and Europe, and now Circuit Trial Counsel stationed at Randiolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. His wife, Elizabeth, is a Captain with the Wyoming Air National Guard in Cheyenne, Wyoming, currently deployed on active duty in the Middle-East. She was also the 2019-2020 Mrs. Wyoming competing in the Mrs. America pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. and Mrs. Tolin's youngest son, David, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), and a Masters Degree in Technical Theatre from the University of Texas. He was a high school teacher at Westlake High School for eight years, a theater arts high school in Austin, Texas, but is now employed by the University of Texas (UT) theater department as an instructor and Assistant Scene Shop Director, and lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Laura, currently employed as Accreditation and Program Development Coodinator at the University of Texas School of Law Continuing Legal Education, and their two children.
Mr. and Mrs. Tolin supported and were actively involved with their children's school, sports and other extra-curricular activities.
Mr. and Mrs. Tolin are the proud grandparents of three grandsons (two born in Colorado, in 2005 and 2014; one born in Texas in 2015) and four granddaughters (the oldest born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, one born in Vienna, Austria in 2012, one born in Austin, Texas in 2013, and the youngest born in Rapid City, South Dakota in 2018.) Mr. and Mrs. Tolin having been helping with their San Antonio family since mom is deployed, and also gladly undertake "babysitting" duties for their grandchildren when they are able to travel to San Antonio and Austin, Texas, for family visits, and plan to be involved in their granchildren's activities whenever possible. They also enjoy their four "granddogs," one "grandcat," and one "grandturtle" (proudly on display in the front office at Tolin Law Offices in Casper.) Since COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders, they have also worked remotely from their apartment in Casper, Wyoming, and their children's homes in San Antonio, Texas, and Austin, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Tolin are proud to participate and assist in the non-profit organization Team Toby Tolin created in honor of their grandson Toby (born 8 weeks premature at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, Colorado) providing baskets to parents at Colorado and Wyoming hospitals with a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) in the Rocky Mountain area founded by their son and daughter-in-law. Team Toby Tolin supports Toby's Shower For Babies. Mr. and Mrs. Tolin are proud to support the project and have built and supplied baskets to the Wyoming Medical Center NICU nursery in Casper. For more information and the complete story about grandson Toby, Team Toby Tolin, and Toby's Shower for Babies, please look HERE.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Tolin have taught elementary school enrichment classes. Mrs. Tolin has taught advanced spelling classes and was a coach for the district spelling bee competition at Verda James Elementary School. Mr. and Mrs. Tolin served as board members of the Verda James PTO. Mr. Tolin also served as an advisory board member for a private Montessori School in Casper. Mrs. Tolin served as a board member and President of a private Montessori School where their four children attended in Casper. Mr. Tolin worked as a part time substitute teacher in the Natrona County School District for about five years teaching grades K-12 and held a Professional Teaching Certification from the State of Wyoming. Mr. Tolin was also a religious school teacher for many years, and both were leaders of their local congregation. Mrs. Tolin has traveled as chaperone for many high school competitions for band, drama, and sports. Both have been judges for local and state forensics and speech competitions.
Both were active Cub Scout Leaders and Boy Scout Leaders in the Central Wyoming Council. Both were Riverbend District Scout Leaders and Commissioners, both receiving the District Award of Merit. Mrs. Tolin was also active in Girl Scouts and Mr. Tolin was also active in Explorer Scouts, Brotherhood Order of The Arrow, and a Three Bead Woodbadger. Both were active youth and adult trainers including youth protection trainers.They were both experienced "Train the Trainers." Mr. Tolin was also very involved with Junior Leader Training for Boy Scouts.
Both enjoyed and supported Casper's Junior "A" Hockey Team. Mrs. Tolin as the loudest fan, espeically when she had a large megaphone directed to the center ice. Mr. Tolin volunteered as a hockey Goal Judge. They both were also very involved with Casper's semi-pro Continental Basketball (CBA) Wildcatter's Team and worked hard to keep the team located in Casper. They traveled with the basketball team and coaches to Albany, New York when the team reached the CBA national championship finals. They both were also active in Windy City Striders and participated in many long distance races as runners with their children, and also as competition officials.
Both were active in the International Order of Job's Daughters and DeMolay International. Mrs. Tolin is a Past Honored Queen, a Past Bethel Guardian, and a past state Grand Council officer. Mr. Tolin is a Past Associate Bethel Guardian, a Past Bethel Council officer, a Past Grand Bethel Trustee, and Past Associate Grand Bethel Guardian for the State of Wyoming. He was the cheerleader coach for the High School North-South Shrine Bowl game. Mr. Tolin is also a Past DeMolay Chapter Dad, a past DeMolay state advisory council member, a past youth protection state trainer, and recipient of DeMolay Cross of Honor.
Mr. and Mrs. Tolin have been active in amateur wrestling since their children were young. Their two sons and one daughter wrestled through junior high. One son and one daughter wrestled through high school and college. Their youngest daughter was a University national runner up and placed 5th at the University World Championships and was ranked fifth in the world for senior women at 55 kg. Their oldest son was a 3 time NCAA Academic College All American and member of the National Duals Championship Team in college. Their oldest daughter was the varsity wrestling manager and their youngest son was the varsity wrestling manager and varsity student trainer at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper. All four children were also wrestling pairing and mat officials for United States Wrestling Association (USWOA). Mr. and Mrs. Tolin were Co-Commissioners for wrestling for Cowboy State Games and organized and ran the statewide Cowboy State Games wrestling tournaments for over fifteen years. Mr. Tolin created the CSG website and was webmaster for all CSG sports. Mr. and Mrs. Tolin also have officiated local, state, regional, national, and international wrestling tournaments. Both have been involved as head officials and run local, state, regional, and national wrestling tournaments. Mr. Tolin is also a licensed Bronze Level certified wrestling coach and has coached for over 25 years.
Mrs. Tolin continues to be a national P1E pairing official for the United States Wrestling Officials Association and USA Wrestling, and a former International FILA Pairing Master. She has served as Secretary on the national Advisory Council for pairing. She is on the Executive Board of the Wyoming Amateur Wrestling Association (WAWA) and currently serves as its Membership/Registration Director. Mrs. Tolin has been Wyoming's State Pairing Director and a state pairing clinician. She has been selected as Wyoming's Pairer of the Year, USA Wrestling's Pairer of the Year, and in 2013 received USA Wrestling's Lifetime Achievement Award. Mrs. Tolin served as the eleted secretary of the national Pairing Advisory Board for the United States Wrestling Officials Association, comprised of all the P1-E's in the United States. In July 2015, Mrs. Tolin was again honored by USA Wrestling and the United States Wrestling Officials Association as the "Pairing Master of the Year."
Mr. Tolin is a national M1 mat official for the United States Wrestling Officials Association and USA Wrestling, a certified high school wrestling referee in Wyoming, and a retired international FILA mat official. He has served as a state clinician teaching both coaches and officials up to date wrestling rules. Mr. Tolin has also officiated international wrestling tournaments both inside and outside of the United States, including the countries of China, Cuba, Russia, Armenia, and Poland. He has officiated and traveled with members of the United States World/Olympic Wrestling Teams for two weeks each year in 2005 (Cuba,) 2010 (Russia,) and 2013 (Armenia and Poland.) In 2005 he was selected in Sancta Spiritus, Cuba as the tournament's Most Outstanding Freestyle Wrestling Official amongst all officials from North and South America, Europe, Russia, and Cuba; and has been previously selected as Wyoming's Official of the Year. He was first Girl's Director for the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Amateur Wrestling Association. Mr. Tolin created the first website for Wyoming Amateur Wrestling Association and served as its first webmaster. He has served on the steering, finance, policies and proceedures committees of the United States Wrestling Officials Association for USA Wrestling, and served as the organization's parlimentarian for annual national membership meetings held in Fargo, North Dakota. In 2017 Mr. Tolin received the United States Wrestling Officials Association's LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE. In 2018 the Wyoming Hiigh School Activiities Association and Wyoming Sports Officials Association awarded Mr. Tolin the DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD for 20 Years of Service as a Certified High School Wrestling Official.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Tolin are current licensed Wrestling Leader members with USA Wrestling, as Pairing Officials, Mat Officials and Coaches.
Although none of their children are wrestling anymore, Mr. and Mrs. Tolin both still remain active as advisors, coaches, and officials for their local wrestling club in Casper that they helped to organize, Windy City Wrestlers, with youth athletes from 3 years old to 17 years old. During the USA/WAWA wrestling season, they still go to wrestling practices. They continue to travel frequently to wrestling tournaments throughout the year.
Mr. Tolin was active as a youth in gymnastics and swimming. Mr. Tolin helped raise funds as a youth performing gymnastics around the Casper area with Lloyd and Helen Wampler to help raise funds for Casper's first YMCA building near its present location. While in elemenary school, Mr. Tolin, became an avid swimmer and prior to his teenage years, he taught swimming to toddlers at the new YMCA swimming pool. While iater attending Casper College, Mr. Tolin became a Red Cross certified life saver. Mr. Tolin wrestled and played football at Dean Morgan Junior High. He was the manager for the Basketball teams at Dean Morgan and used to keep score and statistics at all of the games.
Mr. Tolin was active in athletics as a student at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, WY. He competed in football, wrestling, cross-country, and outdoor track. He was a multi-sport Varsity Letterman and was a member of the High School State Championship Cross-Country team in 1970. He also participated as an athlete in Cowboy State Games and was a multi-sport medalist, including track and field, 5K and 10K road races, wrestling, and summer biathalon. He completed in long distance races with his children as a member of Windy City Striders in races from 1 mile in length to 1/2 marathon. For many years Mr. Tolin also competed in the Bolder Boulder high altitude 10K race in Boulder, Colorado multiple times with his children.
Mr. Tolin is a Master Mason and a Past Master of Casper Lodge No. 15 Ancient, Free & Accepted Masons, (A.F&A.M.), and served many years as the Secretary and Board member of the Casper Masonic Temple Association. He is a 32nd Degree Mason, and is also a member of the Casper Shrine Club as a Shriner. He has served as chairman and member of various committees for the Grand Lodge of Wyoming. Mrs. Tolin is a past member of Kheta Court and the Lady Shriners.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Tolin have volunteered for many years assiting many annual MDA Jerry Lewis Telethons, and the MS Society Walks in Casper. Both have been involved with many fundraisers for various community and statewide charities, including cooking, serving, selling programs, selling raffle tickets, and working at the annual Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo food booth for Kheta Court to raise money for the Shrine Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mr. Tolin has spoken to children in both elementary and high school classes on the United States Constituion for local "May Day" and "Liberty Day" activities.
Mr. Tolin served for 13 years, 7 years as State Chairman, on the Wyoming State Advisory Committee (SAC) to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He was recognized as a State Advisory Committee Chairman in a Rose Garden Ceremony at the White House by the President of the United States. He organized and directed the Wyoming Task Force for Equality. He served as a board member of the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harrassment. He was successful in his efforts to organize support in Wyoming and lobby the Wyoming Legislature for the adoption of the Martin Luther King Jr. - Wyoming Equality Day holiday in a legislative bill signed by the former Wyoming Governor and U.S. Ambassador Michael Sullivan. Mr. Tolin has testifed at the Wyoming Legislature for the adoption of hate crimes legislation in Wyoming.
Over the past forty (42) years, Mr. Tolin has provided substantial number of hours of pro-bono legal services to indigent individuals and non-profit organizations at no charge, or signficantly reduced fees. Mr. Tolin has provided in excess of fifteen thousand (15,000) pro-bono hours which is ten (10) times the recommended number of pro-bono hours for a Wyoming lawyer over a thirty (30) year career.
Unfortunately, law firms and lawyers such as Mr. Tolin can not afford to provide all legal work for free or at significantly reduced rates, because they too, like everyone else, have monthly expenses and costs, including office rent, telephone, Internet, cell phones, computers, printers, copiers, supplies, transportation, insurance, taxes, and other office overhead. Nevertheless, Mr. Tolin has always strived to work with his clients to provide necessary legal services at affordable costs and payment arrangements suited to each individual client, whether it be a civil or criminal matter.
Mr. Tolin is proud to participate in the Wyoming State Bar's Modest Means Program designed for individuals that do not meet the income qualifications for legal aid, but can not afford the full reasonable hourly rates for legal services and reasonable retainers charged in the area; and still need access to justice. Individuals qualified by the Wyoming State Bar, may be able to receive legal services for reduced legal fees and a reduced retainer. However, not all individuals may qualify for this reduced fee program, nor are all legal services covered. Individual program panel attorneys still need to accept the potential client for representation if referred by the Wyoming State Bar office through the Modest Means Program. For more information about legal aid, find their contact information HERE. For more information about the Modest Means Program and the Wyoming State Bar, find the contact information HERE.
Mr. Tolin for many years represented indigdent criminal defendants as Court Appointed counsel in Casper Municipal Court and the Casper Municipal Court Alcohol Court Program, and as an Assistant State Public Defender, in addition to federal criminal defendants as a CJA Wyoming panel member.
Mr. and Mrs. Tolin continue to generously volunteer their time to their community for youth, sports, educational, and charitable organizations.