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Hollee S. Temple

WVU Law Professor Hollee Temple

Teaching Professor


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D. (1999)
  • Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, M.S. (1996)
  • Northwestern University., Medill School of Journalism, B.S. (1996)

Publications, Research, and Intellectual Contributions

  • They’re Not All Racist Nutjobs — and 4 Other Observations about the Patriot Militia Movement, by Hollee and John Temple, The Conversation, October 23, 2019.
  • West Virginia Legal Research, Second Edition. Carolina Academic Press (2018).
  • West Virginia Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press 2014).
  • Good Enough is the New Perfect: Why Modern Moms Are Aiming Lower – Yet Reaching New Heights, with Becky Beaupre Gillespie (Harlequin Nonfiction, April 2011 nationwide release).
  • National Work/Life Balance Columnist,  ABA Journal (bimonthly, starting February 2009 issue), with Becky Beaupre Gillespie. (Links available at
  • Contributing Editor, A PRACTITIONER’S GUIDE TO APPELLATE ADVOCACY (American Bar Association publication forthcoming 2009).
  • Did Your Legal Writing Professor Go to Harvard?: Credentials of Legal Writing Faculty at Hiring Time, with Susan Liemer, 46 Louisville L.J. 383 (2008-2009).
  • Here’s the Scoop for the Law Profs: Teach Your Student to Think Like a Journalist, Volume 81, University of Detroit Mercy Law Review (Spring 2004).
  • Raining on the Litigation Parade: Is it Time to Stop Litigant Abuse of the Fraud on the Court Doctrine?, 39 U. San Fran. L. Rev. * (Aug. 2005 publication expected).
  • A Telling Last Class, 20 The Second Draft (Fall 2005 publication expected).
  • 50-State Survey: Media Privacy& Related Law. Pennsylvania Chapter. Libel Defense Resource Center (2002-2003) (Co-author).
  • Free Speech, Protecting Children: Tough Choices and the Children’s Internet Protection Act , American Bar Association Media Law and Defamation Torts Committee Newsletter (Summer 2002).
  • Pennsylvanians Shouldn’t Expect Privacy on the Telephone: State Supreme Court Says Government Can Tape Without Neutral Tribunal’s OK, Libel Defense Resource Center LibelLetter (September 2001) (with David G. Klaber) (republished in K&L Media Law Alert, October 2001).
  • 50-State Survey: Media Privacy & Related Law, Pennsylvania Chapter. Libel Defense Resource Center (2001-2002) (Co-author).

Professional Background

  • Summer Associate, Carlton Fields, P.A. (Summer, 1998)
  • Associate Attorney, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (1999-2003)
  • Summer Associate, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (Summer 1997)

Areas of Professional Concentration

  • Applying Journalistic Research/Writing Techniques in Legal Research & Writing: “Fraud on the Court” doctrine.
  • Estate Litigation: Drafted pleadings, memoranda and briefs (trial and appellate). Researched issues on daily basis, took and defended depositions. Wrote key briefs in 100M+ trust suit, made presentation to firm-wide estates and trusts practice group regarding case. Represented major Pittsburgh foundation in will contest, successfully argued case before the Orphans’ Court and the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
  • Estate Planning/Corporate: Guided clients through complete estate planning process, including tax and business succession planning. Drafted wills, trusts, limited partnership agreements, grantor retained annuity trusts. Assisted clients in creating private charitable foundations. Assisted partner in preparing speech on Pennsylvania partnerships, including recent changes to the Business Corporation Law.
  • Media Law: Advised clients regarding potential defamation claims. Selected to attend national Communications Law Conference in New York City, Fall 2001. Reported to firmwide practice group regarding conference.
  • Tax Litigation: Represented commercial and residential clients in property tax assessment appeals, Including assuming lead writing position in class-action suit challenging millage rates established by local governments.
  • Pro Bono Litigation: Assisted pro bono clients in obtaining Protection From Abuse orders.
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