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Dwyer Arce Begins Term as President of the Virgin Islands Bar Association

News | January 3, 2023

Kutak Rock litigation partner Dwyer Arce began his term as the President of the Virgin Islands Bar Association at its Annual Meeting on December 9, 2022. He served as President-Elect for the past year and will serve as President until December 2023.

The Virgin Islands Bar Association is an integrated bar with approximately 700 members practicing law in the Virgin Islands, a U.S. territory in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean consisting of the main islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John. As an arm of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands Bar Association is responsible for implementing continuing legal education requirements, engaging in efforts to increase access to justice through resources like Virgin Islands Free Legal Answers, engaging in advocacy on behalf of the bar and the public, providing commentary on proposed legislation to the Virgin Islands Legislature, evaluating the performance of members of the Virgin Islands Judiciary, and assisting the Supreme Court in additional to tasks related to the management of the judiciary and bar.

Outside of his involvement in the Virgin Islands Bar Association, Dwyer was recently appointed as the first State Chair for the Virgin Islands in the American Bar Association Council of Appellate Lawyers. Dwyer also serves as a member of the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Practice & Procedure and as chair of the Nebraska State Bar Association Practice & Procedure Committee.

Dwyer’s practice focuses on appellate proceedings in state and federal courts nationwide, in addition to commercial trial litigation primarily in state and federal courts in Nebraska, Iowa, and the Virgin Islands. Dwyer was recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” for appellate practice in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Before entering private practice, Dwyer served for several years as the senior law clerk to Justice Maria M. Cabret of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands.