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Nicholas F. Stump

Nicholas F. Stump

Head of Reference and Access Services


  • M.S.I.S., University of Tennessee, 2014
  • J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 2011
  • B.A., West Virginia University, 2008



  • Appalachia Reconstructed: Law, The Environment, and Systemic Regional Reform, in process, WVU Press


  • De-Essentializing Appalachia: Transformative Socio-Legal Change Requires Unmasking Regional Myths , 120 W. Va. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2018) (symposium) (co-authored).
  • Mountain Resistance: Appalachian Civil Disobedience in Critical Legal Research Modeled Law Reform, 41 U.C. Davis Envlt. L. & Pol'y J. __ (2017)
  • Following New Lights: Critical Legal Research Strategies as a Spark for Law Reform in Appalachia, 23 Am. U.J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L. 573 (2015) 

Other Publications

  • Is a Healthy Environment a Human Right? Testing the Idea in Appalachia, The Conversation (Jul., 2017); republished in Huffington Post (Jul. 2017)
  • What the Trump Presidency Means for Gender Discourse Development (Oxford Human Rights Hub, Mar. 2017) (co-authored)
  • Environmental Human Rights in the Trump Era: Modes of Resistance and Reform (Oxford Human Rights Hub, Jan. 2017)
  • Food Deserts in Appalachia: A Socioeconomic Ill and Opportunities for Reform, Oxford Human Rights Hub  (Oxford Human Rights Hub, Nov. 2016)
  • Appalachia in Crisis: A Human Rights Approach to Environmental Justice in the U.S.  (Oxford Human Rights Hub, Apr. 2016)
  • The Future of Academic Law Librarianship , Lib. J. (2015) (co-authored)
  • Buckhannon’s Empire: An Essay on Nature, Gender, and Justice in West Virginia, 5 Shadowbox Mag. (2012)
  • Tips for the First-Time Brief Writer in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 32 A.B.A. App. Prac. J. 14 (2012) (co-authored)

Selected Professional Presentations

  • "Academic Law Libraries: Better Serving the State and Region," West Virginia Libraries Association, November 2017, White Sulphur Springs, WV
  • "Mountain Resistance: Appalachian Civil Disobedience in Critical Legal Research Modeled Law Reform," Appalachian Studies Conference, February 2017, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 
  • "Civil Disobedience in Critical Legal Research Modeled Law Reform," Boulder Conference on Legal Information: Teaching and Scholarship, July 2016, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL
  • "Critical Legal Research Strategies for Appalachian Law Reform," Faculty Colloquium, March 2016, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
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