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Professor McGinley serves on AP legislative panel

Patrick McGinley, the Charles Haden II Professor of Law, recently participated in the annual “Legislative Lookahead” panel hosted by the West Virginia Press Association.

Each year, the event serves as a forum for panelists to inform journalists on key issues and events within the state that could affect the upcoming legislative session. 

McGinley, along with fellow panelists Tim Armistead, the incoming Speaker of the House of Delegates, and Don Smith, the Executive Director of the West Virginia Press Association, participated in a discussion on freedom of information act and other issues that may come before the legislature during the 2015 session. Rob Byers, Executive Editor of the Charleston Gazette, was the panel moderator. 

Other topics discussed at the event held in Charleston included municipal issues, gun rights, water quality, and Republican control of the state legislature.

The panel was organized by Dorothy Abernathy, Associated Press Mid-Atlantic Bureau Chief for Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, West Virginia. and Delaware, with assistance from Marshall University, Charleston Newspapers and the West Virginia Press Association.


ABA president-elect speaking at WVU Law January 29

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA—Paulette Brown, the president-elect of the American Bar Association, is speaking at the West Virginia University College of Law on Thursday, January 29, at 7:15 p.m. in the college’s Event Hall.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Brown will discuss the school-to-prison pipeline and its impact on the legal profession’s diversity and cultural competence. A reception in the College of Law Lobby will follow her speech.

“We are honored that Ms. Brown is speaking in West Virginia on such an important topic,” said Gregory W. Bowman, interim dean and professor of law. “Her remarks are certain to engage, inspire, and challenge the audience.”

The next College of Law Open House is January 24

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA—The West Virginia University College of Law is hosting an open house for prospective students from 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 24.

Registration for Experience WVU Law Day is free and includes lunch. It is open to anyone interested in earning a law degree, including high school students, college students, and second-career adults. The deadline for registration is Friday, January 16.

Experience WVU Law Day will focus on the law school application process, academic offerings, career options, and financial aid. Participants will also be able to sit in on a mock class and tour the College of Law, which recently opened a 30,000 square foot addition.

“We want to introduce prospective students to the College of Law and answer their questions,” said Tina Jernigan, director of admissions. “This is a good opportunity to get a glimpse of what law school is really like.”

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