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A closer look at the people and important issues from inside the WVU Law community.

WVU Law student Mitch Moore '19

Moot Court Puts Mitch Moore on a Career Path

A native of Hundred, W. Va., Moore graduated from Fairmont State University with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business administration. He chose to pursue a career in the law because it would allow him to use his problem-solving skills to help people.

“I think there is a high level of appreciation and connection between an attorney and his client because the attorney is there to advocate on the client’s behalf,” he said.

WVU Law's Angie Meza, Class of 2019

Angie Meza Gets Her Dream Job

Even though Meza traveled across the country for law school, she was able to keep her dream alive and ultimately get the job she wanted. 

“I thought West Virginia would be a fun adventure. My undergraduate institution was small, so I was excited to be a part of a ‘big school’ culture,” Meza explained. “The College of Law also offered a substantial scholarship that made my legal education much more affordable.” 

WVU Law 2018 Google interns MacKenzie Milam and Jeremy Cook

Working at the intersection of law and technology

Two WVU Law students spent a month this summer working at the intersection of technology and the law for Google.

Second-year students Jeremy Cook and MacKenzie Milam participated in the tech giant's 2018 Legal Summer Institute, a four-week educational leadership program for underrepresented law students. They spent a week in Silicon Valley attending career development and legal education sessions led by Google’s in-house counsel and were paired with Google attorneys who served as mentors.  

WVU Law Emily Cramer

Emily Cramer: Winning an ABA Fellowship

Emily Cramer, a rising 2L, reached out to the Career Services Center earlier this year for help applying for a summer fellowship opportunity that aligned with her passion for business law. After a lengthy interview process and guidance from the Career Services staff, Cramer was awarded the American Bar Association’s prestigious Janet Dempsey Steiger Fellowship.

Cramer is one of just 32 law students from across the country chosen for the fellowship. She will receive a $6,000 stipend to work eight weeks in the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the West Virginia Attorney General in Charleston this summer.

WVU Law - Ron Walters, Class of 2018

Ron Walters: Doing Law School His Way

Ron Walters is forging his own path in law school. It’s a little different than the typical approach — and it is working for him.

Walters is from Charleston, West Virginia, but he has set foot on five continents and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

WVU Law student Amanda Greene

Amanda Greene: A passion for the law and helping others

Before Amanda Greene met 2010 WVU Law graduate Jonathan Brill, she had never thought about going to law school.

“It never crossed my mind, not even once,” she said.

WVU Law Student Sean Thomas

Sean Thomas: A gut feeling leads to law school

When Sean Thomas visited the WVU Law last year for Admitted Student Day, it did not take him long to decide that he would be coming back in the fall as a 1L.

Thomas, who is from West Chester, Pennsylvania, had never visited campus, let alone West Virginia, before that fateful day. He had even decided to accept admission to another law school. However, on a gut feeling, he decided to give WVU Law a chance.

Jackson Butler

Jackson Butler: Getting the most out of law school

Jackson Butler has been a leader and peer advocate at WVU Law since his first year as a law student.

The 3L from Oklahoma City rose through the ranks of the Student Bar Association (SBA), the College of Law’s student government, and currently serves as 2016-17 SBA president. He got his start as a 1L class senator and was elected SBA vice president as a 2L.

WVU Law Paige Diggs externship

Paige Diggs finds a Mountaineer mentor

Paige Diggs has always been passionate about sports.

Before she began in the JD/Online MBA program at WVU Law, she was a standout on the Fresno State women’s basketball team. Last summer, the 3L from Amarillo, Texas, combined her love of sports and the law into an externship that might lead to the career of her dreams.

WVU College of Law Shane Young

My First Year of Law School

2L Shane Young, of Salem, Ohio, reflects on his first year at WVU Law. He is the 2016 recipient of the 1L Scholarship, Character and Activism Award.

Two Views on the EPA Power Plan

Two Views on the EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan, issued in August 2015, is designed to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal fired electric power plants. Through a series of pollution reduction measures, the EPA aims to lower carbon dioxide emission from the power sector 32 percent by 2030. For West Virginia, that means reducing emission rates as a percentage from its 2012 levels. The EPA has given states until September 2018 to develop plans for achieving the required reductions. Emissions reductions must commence in 2022.

WVU Law’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development (CESD), in partnership with Downstream Strategies, a Morgantown-based environmental consulting firm, has been analyzing the new rules.

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