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WVU Law experts participate in Brookings Institution workshop on coal communities

Law Professor Jamie Van Nostrand

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – Two experts from  West Virginia University recently participated in a workshop at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, to discuss the future of coal workers and their communities.

Rochelle Goodwin, WVU senior associate vice president, moderated a panel discussion on the current conditions and pressing needs of coal communities. She is the former director of state operations for Senator John D. “Jay” Rockefeller and a 2000 graduate of WVU Law.

WVU Law receives $150,000 grant from Natural Resources Conservation Service

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA—The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently provided $150,000 in federal funding to the  West Virginia University  Land Use and Sustainable Development (LUSD) Law Clinic to support an ongoing partnership.

“NRCS, our partners and West Virginia landowners will continue to greatly benefit from this agreement with the LUSD Law Clinic,” said Nicole Viars, acting state conservationist. “We are able to continue our commitment through collaborative efforts to address risks and purchase conservation easements. In turn, we will be able to protect more agriculture lands over time.”

Professor Martin's book on business and human rights published by Cambridge University Press

Jena Martin and The Business and Human Rights Landscape

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – In 2011, the United Nations adopted the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, establishing the first global standards for preventing human rights violations by businesses.

Four years later, a new book made possible by a  WVU College of Law conference is the most comprehensive guide to business and human rights. Published by the Cambridge University Press, “The Business and Human Rights Landscape” is edited by  Jena Martin, a WVU law professor, and Karen Bravo, an Indiana University law professor.

Q&A: Jaci Gonzales Martin '10

The Supreme Court of the United States’ historic 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. On the front lines of the case was 2010 WVU Law graduate Jacklyn “Jaci” Gonzales Martin, then an attorney with Gerhardstein & Branch in Cincinnati, Ohio, and co-counsel for lead plaintiff Jim Obergefell (above). Not long after the ruling, Martin talked to WVU Law Magazine about her involvement in the groundbreaking civil rights victory.

I met Jim Obergefell and his husband, John Arthur, shortly after they were married in the summer of 2013. When the Windsor decision [declaring Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional] came down that summer, having been together for 20 years, Jim and John decided to make their union official.

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