Spotlight

A collection of WVU Law stories.

WVU Law students Jamie Crestfield and Christian Wilson

Crestfield and Wilson Sharpen Skills at the NLRB

An externship with a federal agency helped two students begin their final year of law school with a valuable skillset.

Jamie Crestfield and Christian Wilson worked for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional office in Pittsburgh over the summer. Their efforts focused on taking witness affidavits and conducting legal research for a large unfair labor practice case.

WVU Law Americorps Volunteers Allison Eckman and Rob Donaldson

WVU Law's VISTAs are helping communities

WVU Law Americorps Volunteers Allison Eckman and Rob DonaldsonAttorneys and students in the WVU's Land Use and Sustainable Development(LUSD) Law Clinic work many hours of pro bono service to help the state’s communities develop and grow strategically — but they aren’t doing it alone.

Allison Eckman and Rob Donaldson are Americorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) who have committed a year of service helping the LUSD Law Clinic and West Virginia communities create and implement comprehensive plans.

WVU Law 3L Katie Hutchison at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore

Katie Hutchison: A path to helping refugees

Opportunities at WVU Law sparked Katie Hutchison’s interest in the plight of refugees and ultimately led her to a prestigious legal internship at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Working with the IRC is helping me engage with cultures and understand humanitarian crises that were never on my radar before,” said Hutchison, a rising 3L.

WVU Law CJ Reid Class of 2017

CJ Reid: Career-building summers lead to a pro bono record

CJ Reid graduated from WVU Law in May and his main focus this summer is preparing for — and passing — the bar exam.  

Like dedicated law students everywhere, Reid spent his last two law school summers gaining valuable work experience that would give his career a boost.

WVU Law Maggie Power at Atlanta CDC

Maggie Power: Practicing at the Intersection of Public Health and the Law

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, they often say that the first tool in improving public health is studying patterns and the second tool is the law.

Maggie Power, a WVU Law 3L, follows that maxim every day in her externship as a research attorney for the CDC’s Public Health Law Program.

WVU Law Micki Biggs

Biggs, Holbrook and Waldie: Serving West Virginia as Post-Grad Fellows

Three 2016 graduates of WVU Law are spending a year serving local communities as public interest lawyers.

Patrick Holbrook, Susan Waldie and Micki Biggs were each awarded post-graduate fellowships by the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest. As fellows, they receive $46,000 to cover their salary and benefits while working in a West Virginia legal services organization until October 2017.

WVU Law Operation Haitian Christmas

Vernot and Young: Helping out in Haiti

Two students recently extended the reach of WVU Law’s public service by helping families in Haiti.

Veronique Vernot and Shane Young traveled to Haiti over winter break to help residents rebuild their lives following the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and an earthquake in 2010.

Lisa Hartline

Lisa Hartline: A Fellowship Grant Provides Professional Opportunities

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — A fellowship last summer provided WVU Law 3L Lisa Hartline with the experience and confidence she wanted before embarking on her legal career.

Hartline spent 10 weeks in the Parkersburg office of Legal Aid of West Virginia. She was the program’s first recipient of the Regina Charon Fellowship, worth more than $5,000.

WVU Law Jen Bauer SEC extern

Jennifer L. Bauer: A Support System for Success

A successful externship has given Jennifer Bauer a support system to explore a future full of possibilities.

For 10 weeks last summer, the WVU Law 3L was among a cadre of elite externs at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington, DC. She worked alongside law, business and cyber security students from schools such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Georgetown, Northwestern, the University of Florida and Vanderbilt.

WVU Law Nathan Maxwell

Meet Nathan Maxwell, Cleckley Fellow

Nathan Maxwell says he can’t describe how great it is to be at the WVU College of Law.

In August, the 2016 graduate of the University of Chicago School of Law started his two-year term as the Justice Franklin D. Cleckley Fellow with the West Virginia Innocence Project (WVIP) law clinic.

A Passion for Justice

Valena Beety - A Passion for Justice

Since joining the WVU Law faculty in 2012, Associate Professor Valena Beety’s passion for justice has made a significant impact on her students, fellow faculty members, and the legal community.

Professor Beety’s expertise is in criminal procedure, causes of wrongful convictions, and post-conviction litigation. She is the deputy director of the  Clinical Law Program and chair of the  West Virginia Innocence Project, a clinic that provides free legal representation to individuals seeking to prove their innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted.

Art Wolf

Art Wolf: Army prepared veteran for success at the WVU Law

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA—As a combat trainer in the U.S. Army, Art Wolf’s personal motto was to always care for and put others first.

“The philosophy I tried to convey was that being a professional soldier is not about using your abilities to bring harm to others, it is about using those abilities to protect and help those in harm’s way,” said Wolf, a former sergeant who served in the 24th Infantry Division and the 1st Ranger Battalion.

Stephanie Welsh

Welsh exemplifies student involvement in pursuit of career goals

As the students at WVU Law pursue their educational and career goals, they are also contributing to the culture of excellence that helps define the college.

Day to day, WVU Law students are diligently at work outside the classroom, ensuring the success of various projects from student organization events and fundraisers to community service efforts. One of those who routinely dedicates her time to these endeavors is Stephanie Welsh, who graduates in May.

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