R. Michael Vang was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. While attending high school at Kelly Walsh High School (KWHS), Mr. Vang won the state cross examination debate tournament at the University of Wyoming (UW), and Mr. Vang was awarded a debate scholarship to attend UW. Prior to attending UW, Mr. Vang's parents were killed by a drunk driver, Felske v. State, 706 P.2d 257 (Wyo. 1985). Mr. Vang was able to obtain a B.S. degree in political science, as well as his law degree from UW. Mr. Vang was one (1) - of two (2) college students named as a member to the 1991 U.S. College Debate Team that traveled and competed in Great Britain.
Mr. Vang is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), a member of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association (WTLA), a sustaining member of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD) and current Co-Chairperson of the NCDD Amici and Research Committee, and a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA). Mr. Vang was awarded the Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemistry and the Law Division on June 13, 2015. Mr. Vang has been admitted to practice law in all courts in the state of Wyoming, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. After Mr. Vang was appointed to a driving under the influence (DUI) case and learned the problems associated with accusing someone of a DUI charge, Mr. Vang has been defending people accused of DUI charges for over twenty-seven (27) - years. Mr. Vang has tried over one hundred (100) - DUI jury trials and has obtained numerous jury trial acquittals or other favorable rulings for his clients without a jury trial. The majority of Mr. Vang's cases involve DUI and implied consent proceedings and Mr. Vang has been presenting lectures to other attorneys on how to defend at DUI or implied consent charge throughout the United States and Wyoming for more than twenty (20) - years. Mr. Vang currently has thirty-five (35) - reported appeals before the Wyoming Supreme Court.