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Jennifer Powell

Jennifer Powell

Assistant Dean for Student Services and Engagement




Jennifer Powell has served previously as the Director of the Center for Law in Public Service (2013-2021) and Assistant Dean for Career Services (2004-2013). Ms. Powell is a member of the West Virginia State Bar. She earned her J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1997, an M.S.W. from West Virginia University in 1992, and a B.A. in English from West Virginia University in 1988. Prior to working at the College of Law, Ms. Powell worked as an Application Consultant for LexisNexis, served as a prevention educator and community fundraiser for Caritas House (a local HIV/AIDS service organization) and practiced law with Regina Charon’s Law Offices.

Education

  • B.A., English, WVU, 1988
  • M.S.W., Social Work, WVU, 1992
  • J.D., WVU , 1997

Areas of Expertise

Career counseling and planning, public interest careers, non-profit organization and fundraising, community service, professional development and impairment (burnout, resilience, wellbeing)

Community Involvement

  • Executive Director, West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest, Morgantown, West Virginia, March 2013 to present. 
  • Member, Board of Directors, Shack Neighborhood House, Pursglove, WV, 2018-present; Vice President, 2020 to present 
  • Member, Board of Directors, United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, 2020 to present 
  • Volunteer, Empty Bowls Monongalia, 2013 to present 
  • Commissioner, West Virginia Access to Justice Commission, 2017 to present; Co-chair of Access to Services subcommittee, 2020 to present 
  • Member, West Virginia State Bar Legal Outreach committee, 2018 to present 
  • Member, West Virginia State Bar IOLTA distribution committee, 2019 to present; coordinator, special grantees, IOLTA committee, 2019 to present 
  • Member, WVU College of Law, Enrollment Management Committee, 2015-present 
  • Member, WVU College of Law Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2016-present; co-chair 2019 to present 
  • Member, WVU College of Law Service Committee, 2019-2020 
  • Member, National Advisory Committee, Equal Justice Works, 2015-16 
  • Member, West Virginia Bar Member, American Bar Association (ABA) 
  • Member, Monongalia County Bar Association 
  • Member, National Association for Law Placement (NALP)
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