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U.S. Court of Appeals to hear arguments at WVU Law

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — A panel of judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will convene at the West Virginia University College of Law on Wednesday, October 7, in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom.

The judges will hear arguments in a civil case and two sentencing guidelines cases beginning at 9 a.m. Each case is allotted 40 minutes (20 minutes per side). At the end of all three cases, the judges will take questions from the audience. 

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and anyone else interested in the law to see a federal appellate court in action,” said Gregory W. Bowman, dean of the West Virginia University College of Law. “We deeply appreciate the court’s willingness to come to West Virginia University and provide us with this valuable learning experience.”

Kimberly Reed '96 named President of the International Food Information Council Foundation

(Washington, D.C.) — The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, the nation’s leading charitable organization dedicated to effectively communicating the science of health, nutrition and food safety for the public good, recently named Kimberly Reed president. 

Reed earned her J.D. in 1996 from West Virginia University College of Law.

“On behalf of the IFIC Foundation Board of Trustees, I congratulate Kim on her new role as President of the Foundation and look forward to her continued leadership in the years ahead,” said Dr. Robert B. Gravani, IFIC Foundation chairman and professor of food science at Cornell University.

“Collaborating with health and nutrition experts, educators, government officials, journalists, NGOs, and global food, beverage, and agricultural industry professionals, I am excited to lead the IFICFoundation into its 25th anniversary year,” said Reed. “As the world’s population grows from 7.3 billion today to 9.7 billion in 2050, food-related issues will only continue to grow in importance as one the most significant challenges of our time. I look forward to working with our talented staff and credible partners to build science-based solutions and understanding.”

Second annual PIA Benefit Concert set for September 24

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA—The Public Interest Advocates (PIA) at the West Virginia University College of Law is hosting its second annual benefit concert at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 24, at 123 Pleasant Street in Morgantown.

The PIA Benefit Concert will feature the musical talents of several WVU professors, students, and alumni. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Donations will also be accepted.

Two WVU Law students to argue case before the Seventh Circuit court in Chicago

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – Two students from the West Virginia University College of Law will argue before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago on Thursday, September 24. 

Third-year law students Kirk Auvil and Phillip Wachowiak are representing a Honduran national in Rufino Antonio Estrada-Martinez v. Loretta E. Lynch, Attorney General of the United States of America.

Estrado-Martinez is a client of the WVU Immigration Law Clinic.

The clinic is appealing a U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decision that reversed a ruling by an immigration judge to grant Estrada-Martinez withholding of removal. In immigration law, withholding of removal protects individuals from being deported to a country where they risk persecution.

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