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Professor McGinley participates in Columbia Law School panel

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA—Patrick McGinley, the Charles H. Haden II Professor of Law at the WVU College of Law, recently participated in a panel discussion on the future of the fossil fuel industry hosted by the Columbia University Law School. 

Titled “A Safe Future for Fossil Fuel Investments in a Carbon-Constrained World,” the purpose of the panel was to explore expert views and ideas about what safe fossil fuel investments would look like. The participants also formed a framework for constructive engagement between investors and the fossil fuel industry.

McGinley was joined on the panel by Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University; Ken Cohen, vice president for public and government affairs for ExxonMobil; Stephen Coll, dean and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; and Todd Kendall, senior vice president of Compass Lexecon. Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at the Columbia University School of Law, was the moderator.

The panel was organized by the Sabin Center at Columbia Law, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

For more information and a link to the panel video, click here.

Bastress, Lofaso elected Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — West Virginia University College of Law professors Robert M. Bastress and Anne Marie Lofaso have been elected Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (CLEL).

Election as a Fellow is the CLEL’s highest recognition of outstanding performance in labor and employment law. There are just 14 Fellows in West Virginia.

Bastress and Lofaso will be inducted at the 20th Installation of Fellows on November 7 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, coinciding with the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s Continuing Legal Education Conference. They will join more than 1,300 members in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

Lofaso is a winner of the 2014 Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award, the 2013 WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the 2010 College of Law Professor of the Year. She is also a multiple winner of the College of Law Outstanding Scholarship Award. Lofaso is a graduate of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Oxford.

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