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WV Supreme Court to hear cases and judge competition at WVU College of Law


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. —Justices from the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia will convene at the West Virginia University College of Law on Tuesday, March 4 to hear four cases and later judge the final round of the college’s George C. Baker Moot Court Competition.

WVU College of Law team advances to international competition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A team of West Virginia University College of Law students is advancing to the international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition following a successful second-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals held Feb. 20-23 in Washington, D.C.

They will return to Washington, D.C., April 6-12 to compete in the White & Case International Rounds of the 2014 Jessup competition.

The Jessup Moot Court Competition, which is in its 55th year, simulates disputes before the International Court of Justice and draws participants from more than 550 law schools spanning over 80 countries. This year, the competition is focusing on issues of maritime law.

Starnes embarks on internship at U.N. court in The Hague

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Third-year West Virginia University College of Law student Meghan Starnes has embarked on her latest adventure for personal, academic and professional growth. This spring, she is working at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, Netherlands.

The ICTY is a United Nations court of law dealing with war crimes that took place during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. Established in 1993, the ICTY has changed the landscape of international humanitarian law and established precedent for conflict resolution and post-conflict justice.

Starnes will be working for the ICTY Appeals Division of the Office of the Prosecutor, gaining valuable experience in international law.

“I’ll be handling the technicalities and legalities of some of the cases that have already gone through and are now in the appeals process,” said Starnes, who is pursuing her J.D./Executive Master of Business Administration through WVU Law’s joint degree program.

WVU Law will explore Buffalo Creek Disaster on Feb. 25 & 26

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—On the 42nd anniversary of one of the worst tragedies in coal mining history, the West Virginia University College of Law is bringing together original attorneys and other experts to explore the legal and environmental legacy of the infamous Buffalo Creek Disaster.

On February 26, 1972, there was no warning when the Pittston Company dam burst at Buffalo Creek in Logan County, W.Va. It sent a 130-million-gallon, 30-foot wall of water, coal sludge and waste materials through the Buffalo Valley, killing 125 people and injuring more than 1,000. Nearly 1,500 houses and mobile homes were destroyed or damaged, leaving 4,000 people homeless.

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