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Harvard's Lani Guinier to discuss higher education reform in WVU Law lecture on November 5

Lani Guinier

Lani GuinierMORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – Lani Guinier, Harvard law professor and pioneering civil rights advocate, will deliver the annual Baker Lecture at the West Virginia University College of Law on Thursday, November 5, at 12 p.m. in the event hall. 

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. 

In her latest book, “The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America” (Beacon Press, 2015), Guinier calls for a reshaping of higher education to better serve society by educating more students from diverse backgrounds. The current higher education model in the U.S., she argues, fails its mission of equal opportunity and social mobility by continuing to serve and reward the privileged.

Guinier is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law and the first woman of color appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School. Throughout her career, she has addressed issues of race, gender, and democratic decision-making, and sought new ways of approaching questions like affirmative action while calling for candid public discourse on these topics.

Lister appointed to NALP regional council

Lister appointed to NALP regional council

Lister appointed to NALP regional councilMORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA— Rosalind Lister, assistant director of career services at WVU College of Law, was recently selected to fulfill the remaining 18 months of a term as a Regional Representative for National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Southeast Region.

Regional Representatives serve on the NALP Regional Resource Council and facilitate the flow of information between members and the NALPBoard, identify regional issues and volunteer opportunities, support the existing groups in the region, and participate in and plan annual education conference activities. NALP’s five regions are Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, and West/Rocky Mountain.

Lister joined the WVU Law staff in 2006. She earned her M.S.Ed. in Counseling & College Student Personnel and B.A. in Communication from Purdue University.


WVU Law Fisher Lecture to address copyrighting engineered DNA

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — Copyright protects original works of writing, music and art. Law professor and biotech scholar Christopher Holman wants to add engineered DNA to that list.

Holman will discuss broadening copyright laws to include engineered DNA when he delivers the annual John W. Fisher II Lecture in Law and Medicine at the  West Virginia University College of Law on Friday, October 30.

WVU Law offering a free IP seminar for entrepreneurs

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – In today’s competitive business world, entrepreneurs can face a variety of legal questions when it comes to protecting their original ideas and work, also known as intellectual property (IP), from unauthorized use.

To help answer some of those questions, the West Virginia University College of Law is hosting afree IP seminar for business owners, inventors, consultants, students and lawyers on Tuesday, November 3. Featuring patent attorneys and other experts, the seminar will be held from 2:00–5:30 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom.

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