Suzanne Weise

Suzanne Weise

Visiting Associate Professor and
Director, Child & Family Advocacy Law Clinic

Biography

Suzanne Weise, Visiting Associate Professor and Acting Director of the WVU College of Law Child and Family Law Clinic is a graduate of Boston University (B.A. 1983) and the West Virginia University College of Law (J.D. 1986). Prof. Weise served as a law clerk for West Virginia Public Service Commissioner Otis T. Casto (1986-1989). Subsequently, Prof. Weise served as law clerk for Justice Thomas B. Miller (1989-1990) and Justice Thomas E. McHugh (1990-1994) of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

From 1994 until 2009, Ms. Weise engaged in a diverse general practice of law, primarily as a litigator representing clients in matters involving property rights, contracts, environmental law, public access to information, administrative law, and family law. In 2009, Ms. Weise began teaching at the West Virginia University College of Law as an adjunct supervising attorney (WVU General Law Clinic) and an instructor of legal reasoning, research and writing. In 2010, Prof. Weise joined the newly established WVU College of Law Child and Family Law Clinic as a supervising attorney. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Prof. Weise serves as Acting Director of the Child and Family Law Clinic, while continuing to teach as an instructor in the College’s legal research, reasoning and writing program.

Prof. Weise served as a member of the Governor’s Independent Investigation team reviewing the 2006 Sago Mine explosion that caused the deaths of twelve West Virginia miners. More recently, Prof. Weise was a member of the Governor’s Independent Investigation Panel investigating the April 5, 2010, explosion of the Upper Big Branch Mine that killed twenty-nine West Virginia miners.

She is the co-author of “Open Government Guide: Open Records and Meetings Laws in West Virginia” (The Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press 2001, 2006, 2011 eds.) In 2000, Prof. Weise was recognized by the Public Justice Foundation for winning exceptional victories for the public interest for pro bono representation of clients in a landmark environmental law case.

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