Peck named WVU Law's Significant Scholarship Award Winner

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Associate Professor of Law Alison Peck has been named the winner of the College of Law’s 2013-2014 Significant Scholarship Award.

The Significant Scholarship Award is given annually to a law faculty member whose written work addresses an important public issue while demonstrating their ability to conduct thorough research through clear and concise writing.

Peck, who teaches and writes in the area of sustainable development law, won the award for her article, “Does Regulation Chill Democratic Deliberation? The Case of GMOS,” which takes a close look at the role administrative agencies play in the regulation of emerging technologies. It was published in volume 46 of the Creighton Law Review in 2013.

“This article raises important questions of administrative law and democratic theory, and lays groundwork for further discussion of the proper balance between regulatory and legislative action and potential legal reforms to assure that balance,” said Joyce McConnell, dean of the College of Law.

WVU Law professors Jena MartinBrad Smith, and Matthew Titolo served on the Significant Scholarship Award Committee.

“Professor Peck’s article meets all the hallmarks of outstanding scholarship,” the committee said in a joint statement.

Peck joined the WVU Law faculty in 2009. Before that, she taught at the University Of Arkansas School of Law and practiced international arbitration and commercial litigation with Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in Washington D.C. Peck earned a J.D. from Yale Law School and has an LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

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