Feature Stories

A closer look at the people and important issues from inside the WVU Law community.

Two Views on the EPA Power Plan

Two Views on the EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan, issued in August 2015, is designed to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal fired electric power plants. Through a series of pollution reduction measures, the EPA aims to lower carbon dioxide emission from the power sector 32 percent by 2030. For West Virginia, that means reducing emission rates as a percentage from its 2012 levels. The EPA has given states until September 2018 to develop plans for achieving the required reductions. Emissions reductions must commence in 2022.

WVU Law’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development (CESD), in partnership with Downstream Strategies, a Morgantown-based environmental consulting firm, has been analyzing the new rules.

WVU College of Law Shane Young

My First Year of Law School

2L Shane Young, of Salem, Ohio, reflects on his first year at WVU Law. He is the 2016 recipient of the 1L Scholarship, Character and Activism Award.

WVU Law Paige Diggs externship

Paige Diggs finds a Mountaineer mentor

Paige Diggs has always been passionate about sports.

Before she began in the JD/Online MBA program at WVU Law, she was a standout on the Fresno State women’s basketball team. Last summer, the 3L from Amarillo, Texas, combined her love of sports and the law into an externship that might lead to the career of her dreams.

Jackson Butler

Jackson Butler: Getting the most out of law school

Jackson Butler has been a leader and peer advocate at WVU Law since his first year as a law student.

The 3L from Oklahoma City rose through the ranks of the Student Bar Association (SBA), the College of Law’s student government, and currently serves as 2016-17 SBA president. He got his start as a 1L class senator and was elected SBA vice president as a 2L.

WVU Law Student Sean Thomas

Sean Thomas: A gut feeling leads to law school

When Sean Thomas visited the WVU Law last year for Admitted Student Day, it did not take him long to decide that he would be coming back in the fall as a 1L.

Thomas, who is from West Chester, Pennsylvania, had never visited campus, let alone West Virginia, before that fateful day. He had even decided to accept admission to another law school. However, on a gut feeling, he decided to give WVU Law a chance.

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