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James A. McLaughlin

James A. McLaughlin

Robert L. Shuman Professor of Law Emeritus


  • B.A., Ohio State University, 1962
  • J.D., Ohio State University, 1965


  • “Majoritarian Theft in the Regulatory State: Mahon, Lucas, and the Taking of Property,”  19 Will. & Mary Envtl L. & Pol’y Rev. 161 (1995)
  • “Conflict of Laws: The New Approach to the Choice of Law: Justice in Search of Certainty, Part Two,” 94 W. Va. L. Rev.73-110 (Fall 1991)
  • “Conflict of Laws: The Choice of Law LEX LOCI Doctrine, The Beguiling Appeal of a Dead Tradition, Part One,” 93 W. Va. L. Rev. 957-999 (Summer 1991)
  • Distribution of Maritally Acquired Education on Divorce, Current Perspectives in Psychological, Legal and Ethical Issues, Vol 1B: Children and Families: Creation and Conflict, 121-136 (1991)
  • “In Celebration of Constitutional Kindness: Soft Symbolism in a Hard Shell,” 90 W. Va. L. Rev. 67-89 (Fall 1987)

Teaching/Administrative Experience

  • Faculty, West Virginia University College of Law (1968-present)

Professional Background

  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Ohio Consultant on Legal and Institutional Issues to the Ohio River Basin
  • Energy Study Funded by the EPA Consultant to the Council of State Governments on the Legal Aspects of Regional Cooperation in Major Energy Facility Siting
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