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Lofaso receives Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award

Associate Dean Lofaso will present a lecture entitled “The Autonomous Dignified Worker” on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in Event Hall (room 180) at the WVU College of Law. The lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. with a reception immediately following.



Anne Marie Lofaso, professor of law and associate dean for faculty research and development, is one of three WVU professors to receive the Claude Worthington Benedum Distinguished Scholar Awards for 2013-2014

Lofaso earned the award in the Humanities and the Arts category in recognition of her arguments for the legal protection and empowerment of working-class Americans. Articles she has written on workers’ rights have influenced federal lawmakers.

In “Toward a Foundational Theory of Workers’ Rights: The Autonomous, Dignified Worker,” Lofaso uses existing legal definitions of autonomy and dignity to argue that the possession of these two values are essential rights of all workers, rights that should be present in all workplaces and that the law should protect. It appeared in the University of Missouri at Kansas City Law Review in 2007.

WVU College of Law Baker Lecture to focus on the First Amendment

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— First Amendment scholar Steven J. Heyman will deliver the third annual C. Edwin Baker Lecture on Thursday, April 3 at 12 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the West Virginia University College of Law

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. A reception in the College of Law lobby will follow the lecture. 

The topic of Heyman’s lecture is “The Conservative-Libertarian Turn in First Amendment Jurisprudence.” The First Amendment protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference.

Heyman is an award-winning professor of law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law of the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he teaches criminal law, torts, legislation, constitutional law, and the First Amendment. He has written extensively on the foundation and limits of freedom of expression, including “Free Speech and Human Dignity” (Yale University Press, 2008) and “Hate Speech and the Constitution” (Garland/Rutledge, 1996).

Antero Resources Corporation gives $100,000 to WVU Law

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Management and employees of Antero Resources Corporation, a publicly traded oil and natural gas exploration and production company (NYSE: AR) with assets in the Appalachian Basin, have made a $100,000 pledge to the West Virginia University College of Law.

The gift will help support the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at the WVU College of Law. Founded in 2011, the center provides students with opportunities to gain the experience necessary to practice law in the energy sector. It also conducts objective, unbiased research and policy analyses on energy issues.

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