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Mary Claire Davis

Mary Claire Davis, WVU Law

Teaching Associate Professor 


Mary Claire Davis is a Teaching Associate Professor at the West Virginia University College of Law, where she teaches Legal Analysis, Research and Writing. She has also taught Appellate Advocacy and the Federal Judicial Externship course for the College of Law. Mary Claire is a Richwood, West Virginia native who graduated magna cum laude from Roanoke College in 2001. She received a Master's degree in English from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at WVU, where she also taught English 101. 

In 2008, Mary Claire graduated Order of the Coif from the WVU College of Law, where she served as Editor in Chief of the West Virginia Law Review. She served as a term law clerk for Hon. Robert B. King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Hon. Joseph R. Goodwin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. For nearly a decade, she served as a career clerk for Hon. Stephanie D. Thacker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

Mary Claire also practiced in the appellate and business litigation practice groups of Frost Brown Todd LLP in Charleston, where she worked on appeals in the Fourth Circuit, West Virginia Supreme Court, and West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals. She also represented numerous small businesses in appeals before the Small Business Administration challenging denials of PPP Loan forgiveness. She currently serves on the CJA Appellate and Discretionary Panels for the Fourth Circuit, representing indigent clients in criminal and habeas corpus appeals. 

Bar Admissions: West Virginia, Southern District of West Virginia, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals


J.D., West Virginia University (2008)

M.A., English, West Virginia University (2003)

B.A., English, Roanoke College (2001)

Courses Taught

  • Legal Analysis, Research and Writing
  • Appellate Advocacy 
  • Federal Judicial Externship 


  • Keeping All American Workers Paid and Employed? How Small Businesses with Independent Contractors Feel Slighted by the Paycheck Protection Program and What Can Be Done, 126 W. Va. L. Rev. 537 (2024)

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