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October 4 workshop aims to help West Virginia entrepreneurs

WVU Law Priya Baskaran

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA— WVU Law and the West Virginia Securities Commission are hosting a free workshop to help new and existing entrepreneurs in the Mountain State grow their business.

The Raising Capital Workshop takes place on October 4 from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse at Coonskin Park in Charleston, West Virginia.

WVU Law Priya Baskaran“There is a lot of opportunity for growth in West Virginia, but with that opportunity comes important legal and business considerations,” said Priya Baskaran , director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic at WVU. “We’ve designed this workshop to help entrepreneurs succeed.”

Participants in the Raising Capital Workshop will learn about the legal options for funding their West Virginia-based business and how to meet regulatory requirements. They will also learn more about crowdfunding and free legal services and resources.

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.”

Constitution Day program September 17 will discuss education rights

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — West Virginia University’s annual observance of Constitution Day will focus on the right to an education.

A panel of WVU Law professors will lead the discussion starting at 12 p.m. on September 17 in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the law school.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

This year’s Constitution Day panelists are Robert Bastress, John W. Fisher II Professor of Law; Anne Lofaso, Arthur B. Hodges Professor of Law; and John Taylor, Jackson Kelly Professor of Law.

Hanshaw '12 elected Speaker of the WV House of Delegates

Roger Hanshaw

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The House of Delegates elected Roger Hanshaw '12 (R-Clay) as the 58th Speaker of the West Virginia House on August 29.

Speaker Hanshaw succeeds former Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, who resigned last week. He becomes just the second Republican to serve as leader of the House of Delegates since the current state Capitol was built in the 1930s.

“With great humility, I accept this opportunity to help make West Virginia a better place to live, work and raise a family,” Hanshaw said. “We have made great strides in the past four years under Speaker Armstead’s leadership, and I hope to build on that foundation so we can continue to improve our economy, inspire business investment and help create jobs for all West Virginians.”

Hanshaw, 38, is currently serving in his second term in the House of Delegates. The Vice-Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he also serves as Chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Flooding.

Professor Titolo Awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant

WVU Law Professor Matthew Titolo

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA - WVU Law professor Matthew Titolo has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar grant for the spring 2019 semester.

As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, Titolo will teach and study at the University of La Laguna in Tenerife, Spain, focusing on international commercial law and European Union law. He will also lecture on his forthcoming book, “Privatization and Its Discontents: Infrastructure, Law and American Democracy”, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

“The Fulbright grant is a great opportunity for me to work with scholars in interdisciplinary groups and deepen my knowledge,” said Titolo. “I look forward to continued collaboration with colleagues across the Atlantic in the coming years. The work I do in Tenerife and the working relationships I will make there will help enrich my teaching and scholarship when I return to WVU.”

Titolo teaches legal history, contracts, international commercial law and remedies at WVU Law. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. Titolo earned his B.A. in English from Baruch College. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in American and European History at West Virginia University.

WVU Law Inducts 2018 Lawyers and Leaders Class

WVU Law - 2018 Lawyers and Leaders Class

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — A new class of West Virginia Lawyers and Leaders has been recognized at WVU Law.

WVU Law and West Virginia Executive magazine established the Lawyers and Leaders Awards in 2017 to recognize lawyers who have made a positive impact on the state and the nation.

Award winners have dedicated their career to serving others and their communities. Recipients must practice in West Virginia and/or be graduates of WVU Law.

“The professionals chosen for these awards demonstrate exemplary leadership, a commitment to service and, of course, an unbreakable bond with the state of West Virginia. We are proud to showcase them and their wonderful accomplishments,” said   Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law.  

Meet the Class of 2021

WVU Law Class of 2021

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — With classes underway, first-year students at the West Virginia University College of Law have officially begun their legal careers.  

There are 113 students in the WVU Law Class of 2021, which is an increase of almost four percent over last year. First generation college students make up one-third of the class.

Innocence Project Client Dodrill Freed from Prison

WVU Law Innocence Project client Christopher Dodrill

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – The West Virginia Innocence Project Law Clinic at WVU Law has helped free a client from prison after proving he was convicted of a crime he did not commit.

The Circuit Court for Tyler County, West Virginia, recently vacated the conviction of Christopher Dodrill. In 2016, Dodrill was found guilty of child abuse with serious bodily injury and unlawful assault after a child under his care became injured. He was sentenced to 3-15 years in prison.

Dodrill consistently testified that the child fell and hit her head, and that he took her to the hospital. The child fully recovered, but because she had brain swelling and a subdural hematoma, the hospital diagnosed her with Shaken Baby Syndrome without eliminating other possible causes of her injuries.

At his trial, Dodrill had no doctors or expert witnesses to consult or testify on his behalf, making it his word against the hospital’s diagnosis. 

Rockwell '87 named USAF JAG

WVU Law graduate Lt. Gen. Jeffrey A. Rockwell

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — A West Virginia University graduate is one the top lawyers in the U.S. military.

Lieutenant General Jeffrey A. Rockwell was recently sworn in as the 18th Judge Advocate General for the U.S. Air Force. He earned his law degree from WVU in 1987 and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from WVU in 1984.

Based at the Pentagon, Rockwell oversees military justice, operational and international law, and civil law functions at every level of command. He is responsible for the oversight of more than 4,400 judge advocates (lawyers), civilian attorneys, enlisted paralegals and civilians in the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps worldwide. He also serves as the legal advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force and all officers and agencies of the Department of the Air Force.

Rockwell previously served four years as the Deputy Judge Advocate General. He joined the Air Force as a first lieutenant staff judge advocate (lawyer) in 1987 and is now the service’s 39th three-star general.

Osborne, Miller join WVU Law Library

WVU Law Osborne and Miller

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — Two librarians have joined the George R. Farmer, Jr. Law Library at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Caroline Osborne is the new director of the law library and associate professor of law. Stephanie Miller is the library’s first head of outreach, attorney services and digital initiatives. Both come to WVU from the Washington & Lee University law library.

“Caroline and Stephanie are wonderful additions to the WVU Law community. They have deep expertise because of their previous leadership at Washington and Lee University and other law school libraries,” said Gregory Bowman , dean of the College of Law. “Our faculty and students and the practicing bar are really going to benefit from their knowledge and experience. We’re very excited about the bright future of our law library.”

Osborne served in a range of key law librarian roles at Washington and Lee for more than a decade. Most recently, she was the assistant dean for legal information services. She has also been a professor of legal research and senior associate law librarian. Osborn earned her bachelor’s degree and Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a law degree from the University of Richmond and a Master of Laws from Emory University.

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