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Prof. Martin named to "50 Under 50" list

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –  West Virginia University College of Law faculty member  Jena Martin has been named one of the top minority law professors in the country. 

Martin, an associate professor of law, is featured in the “50 Under 50” list in the 2014 “Law School Diversity Special Issue” published this month by Lawyers of Color. 

A member of the WVU Law faculty since 2009, Martin teaches courses in business organizations, international business transactions, and securities regulations. Her areas of research include the growing field of business and human rights. 

Last fall, Martin organized a business and human rights conference at WVU. Supported by the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights, it offered an examination of the issues and advances in the field with leading experts from around the world.

Earlier this year, Martin spoke at the Second United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

WVU law and medical school partnership earns national recognition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A program between West Virginia University’s College of Law and School of Medicine has received formal recognition from the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP).

Based at George Washington University, the NCMLP works to build a better healthcare team that can identify, address, and prevent health-harming legal needs for patients, clinics, and populations. Only 37 law schools and 30 medical schools in the country are members of the program.

Peck named WVU Law's Significant Scholarship Award Winner

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Associate Professor of Law Alison Peck has been named the winner of the College of Law’s 2013-2014 Significant Scholarship Award.

The Significant Scholarship Award is given annually to a law faculty member whose written work addresses an important public issue while demonstrating their ability to conduct thorough research through clear and concise writing.

Peck, who teaches and writes in the area of sustainable development law, won the award for her article, “Does Regulation Chill Democratic Deliberation? The Case of GMOS,” which takes a close look at the role administrative agencies play in the regulation of emerging technologies. It was published in volume 46 of the Creighton Law Review in 2013.

“This article raises important questions of administrative law and democratic theory, and lays groundwork for further discussion of the proper balance between regulatory and legislative action and potential legal reforms to assure that balance,” said Joyce McConnell, dean of the College of Law.

In TIME, Prof. Smith defends SCOTUS ruling on political contributions

Morgantown, W.Va.—WVU Law professor Bradley Smith supports the majority opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 ruling inMcCutcheon v. FEC

A conservative businessman, McCutcheon argued that the FEC limits on the amount he could contribute to a political campaign during a two-year period was a violation of the First Amendment. 

Smith takes the stance that fears and not facts of corruption tied to campaign contributions has led to “tremendous regulatory overkill.”

Writing in TIME magazine’s April 2 issue, Smith said:

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