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Professor Beety Co-edits New Wrongful Convictions Reader

WVU Law Professor Valena Beety

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA —  A new book co-edited by WVU Law professor ValenaBeety sheds light on wrongful convictions in the U.S. justice system.

“The Wrongful Convictions Reader” (Carolina Academic Press, 2018) includes articles of leading research, law, and policy analysis gathered by Beety and Georgia State law professor Russell D. Covey.

Topics include eyewitness misidentification, false confession, DNA, junk science, prosecutorial misconduct and post-conviction review.

Acclaimed trial lawyer Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, wrote the book’s introduction.

Professor Tu Co-authors New IP Law Guide

WVU Law Professor Shine "Sean" Tu

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — WVU Law professor Shine Tu has contributed to a new book on U.S.copyright, patent, and trademark law.

“Fundamentals of United States Intellectual Property Law” (Wolters Kluwer, 2018) is a comprehensive review of U.S. copyright, patent, and trademark laws. The book offers extensive explanations of each primary statute while examining significant case law.

Tu wrote the patent law section of the book, encompassing seven chapters and covering materials from sources of United States patent law to patent design. His co-authors are Amanda Reid, a journalism and law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Kenneth Port, a professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

This is the revised and updated sixth edition of “Fundamentals of United States Intellectual Property Law."

National Energy Conference on Dec. 1 to Focus on Climate Change

WVU Law Professor James Van Nostrand

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — The 2018 National Energy Conference at WVU Law on Dec. 1 will focus on climate change.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Online registration at is required for the lunch/keynote speaker.

Topics to be discussed at the conference include the latest developments in climate change issues, climate change communication, controlling methane emissions, putting a price on carbon, and solar energy opportunities and obstacles. The speakers are national and regional experts from industry, public policy organizations, environmental groups, and academia.

Emily Calandrelli, an Emmy-nominated science TV host, will deliver the keynote speech. She is a correspondent on “Bill Nye Saves the World” on Netflix and an executive producer and host of FOX's “Xploration Outer Space.” Calandrelli is a 2010 WVU graduate.

WVU Law recognized for public interest law and employment rate

WVU Law 2018 preLaw Best Badges

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA - WVU Law's public interest law program and its graduates' employment rate have been nationally recognized by preLaw Magazine.

PreLaw has named WVU Law among “the best schools for doing good,” giving the college a grade of A in public interest law. Lawyers who practice public interest law help the underrepresented or those who cannot afford legal services. This summer, for example, 22 WVU Law students worked in the state’s public interest agencies, including Legal Aid of West Virginia and Mountain State Justice.

  WVU Law was also among preLaw’s “highest performers” in the nation for employment outcomes, earning the number 16 spot on the magazine’s Employment Honor Roll. WVU Law’s employment rate is consistently higher than the national average. For the Class of 2017, the employment rate was 82 percent for bar passage required and J.D. advantage jobs — the gold standard for law schools. The national average for the Class of 2017 was 75.3 percent.

“WVU Law is committed to excellence in public service and career placement, which is why we maintain comprehensive and robust programs for our students,” said Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “This means our students excel in these areas, and it also means that we provide vital, much-needed service to our state and region.”

Professor Richardson Receives National Excellence in Agricultural Law Award

WVU Law Professor Jesse Richardson

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — Jesse Richardson Jr., professor of law and lead land use attorney in the WVU Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic, has received the Excellence in Agricultural Law for Academia from the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA). He was honored during the association’s annual conference on Oct. 26 in Portland, Oregon.

The AALA’s Excellence in Agricultural Law Awards recognizes AALA members for outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the agricultural community. These awards may acknowledge members from professional sectors, including private practice, academia, government and non-governmental organizations.

“Jesse strives to make the academic world a bit more exciting for his students and to share his passion for the industry,” said AALA president Jennifer Zwagerman of Drake University Law School. “His work helps inspire the next generation of professionals.”

Graduating magna cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Richardson earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1984 and a master’s degree in agricultural and applied economics in 1996. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1987.

New Veterans Advocate Will Serve Southern West Virginia

WVU Law Dean Greg Bowman

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA —  More of West Virginia’s veterans will soon have access to free legal help from WVU Law.

The law firm of Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Ellis, PLLC in Beckley, West Virginia, has pledged $60,000 over the next two years to fund a full-time fellow in the college’s Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic. Based at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Beckley, the fellow will provide legal services for veterans who reside in the southern part of the state.

“Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Ellis, PLLC has proudly provided legal representation to veterans in the southern part of West Virginia for many years, and we recognize that there is currently a void in the resources available to veterans,” said the firm’s leadership in a joint statement. “The WVU Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic will significantly help to fill this void, and our attorneys are extremely happy to support and be a part of this wonderful program that gives back to our local veterans.” 

Since Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Ellis, PLLC pledged their support for the Veterans Advocacy Fellow, several other lawyers and organizations have made contributions to the program. Significant gifts have come from Michael Escue ’98; Steve New ’98; Mike Farrell ’74 and Farrell, White & Legg PLLC; Pullin Fowler, LLC; and the United Mine Workers of America. Additional donors have contributed $30,000 to fund the fellowship and help the state’s veterans.

Professor Oliva will be a Harvard visiting research scholar

WVU Law Professor Jennifer Oliva

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — Jennifer Oliva, an associate professor of law and public health at WVU, will be a visiting research scholar at Harvard University in spring 2019.

Oliva will conduct focused research on the national opioid epidemic in residence at the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the first member of the WVU Law faculty to be a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School.

“It is an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to work with the incredible team of health law scholars and researchers at the Petrie-Flom Center,” said Oliva. “I hope to meaningfully contribute to the center’s important and innovative work aimed at addressing the national overdose crisis while I continue to develop my research.”

Oliva’s scholarship focuses on health care law and policy, the law of evidence, and veteran benefits law and policy. She is currently completing a trilogy of legal essays and articles about the opioid epidemic. She will finish her last article in the trilogy,  Prescription Drug Compliance: Detailing, Discounts, and Disciplinary Boards, while at Harvard. 

WVU Law Continues to be Ranked a Best Value Law School

WVU Law preLaw 2018-19 Best Value badge

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — WVU Law has once again made preLaw Magazine’s list of the nation’s Best Value Law Schools.

WVU Law scored a grade of A-, which is higher than 178 other law schools approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Only 25 law schools scored higher. This is the fourth consecutive year WVU Law has been named a Best Value.

PreLaw Magazine selects Best Value Law Schools based on graduates’ bar passage and employment rates, tuition and cost of living, and average student indebtedness after graduation.

“WVU Law’s consistent recognition as a Best Value Law School demonstrates the strong effort from faculty and staff to provide our students with an exceptional legal education and career-building opportunities at an affordable price,” said Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law.

ClassCrits XI Conference to Focus on Social Issues

WVU Law ClassCrits XI: Rising Together for Economic Hope, Power, and Justice

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — Legal scholars concerned about economic justice and other social issues are meeting at WVU Law Nov. 2-3.

The conference, Rising Together for Economic Hope, Power and Justice, is the annual meeting of ClassCrits, a network for the critical analysis of law and economic inequality. Presenters will examine a range of social concerns, including the opioid crisis, child and health care, immigration, poverty, racial inequality, economic development, and democracy.

Discussion panel sessions are open to the public and admission is free.

“Legal scholars have the ability to provide fresh perspective and insight on some of the most pressing issues that face society,” said WVU law professor Matthew Titolo , who is helping organize the conference. “When we gather like this, the result can be engaging and viable solutions that we take back to our own classrooms and communities.”

Connecticut Chief Justice to Speak at WVU Law on Nov. 7

WVU Law 2018 Ihlenfeld Lecture Hon. Richard A. Robinson

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — The Honorable Richard A. Robinson, the first African-American Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, will deliver the 2018 Ihlenfeld Lecture at WVU Law on Nov. 7 at 12 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom

A 1984 graduate of the WVU College of Law, Robinson will discuss the judiciary in a multicultural world. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Robinson was appointed as Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court in 2018 after serving five years on the court. Before that, he was a judge on the Connecticut Appellate Court and a Connecticut Superior Court judge. He has also served as presiding civil judge for the New Britain, Ansonia/Milford, and Stamford judicial districts in Connecticut.

Throughout his legal career, Robinson has served in human rights and educational organizations, including the NAACP, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and the Connecticut Judicial Education Curriculum Committee. His work in human rights has been recognized by the Connecticut State Bar Association, the NAACP, and the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

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