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Professor McGinley wins Kravchenko Environmental Award

Patrick McGinley

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA --  Patrick McGinley, the Charles H. Haden II Professor of Law at West Virginia University, is the 2016 winner of the Svitlana Kravchenko Environmental Rights Award.

The award recognizes McGinley's "work as a legal scholar, teacher, and public interest environmental litigator [who] has been committed to the rule of law, speaking truth to power, mentoring law students and lawyers and empowering families and communities marginalized by discrimination based on race, wealth, and ethnicity."

Energy conference to focus on the future of coal communities

John D. Rockefeller IV

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — The fifth annual national energy conference at West Virginia University will focus on the impacts of the global energy transition on coal communities in the state and Central Appalachia.

The conference takes place on Friday, April 8, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the WVU College of Law. It will feature experts from industry, public policy organizations, environmental groups, and academic institutions. Former Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) will deliver the keynote address.

Professor Cardi elected to The American Law Institute

Professor Vince Cardi

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA—West Virginia University College of Law Professor  Vince Cardi has been elected to The American Law Institute (ALI).

Founded in 1923, the ALI is a nonpartisan organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. Its membership is limited to 3,000 individuals “who reflect the excellence and diversity of today’s legal profession.” There are only seven ALI members in West Virginia.

The WVU Bowles Rice Professor of Law, Cardi began teaching at the College of Law in 1967. His expertise includes bankruptcy law, commercial law, legal drafting, sale and secured transaction, and contracts law. He is a former recipient of the  West Virginia University Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Cardi serves on the West Virginia State Election Commission, the West Virginia Commission on Uniform State Laws and the national Uniform Law Commission. For more than 20 years, he has been a member of the  West Virginia Law Institute Governing Council. He has also worked with the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review Advisory Board, Legal Aid of West Virginia, and the Ohio River Basin Energy Study.

Law professor’s new book chronicles baboon conservationist

Because They Needed Me book cover

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — A new book by WVU Law professor Michael Blumenthal chronicles the life and work of conservationist Rita Miljo, who was known as “the Mother Teresa of Baboons.”

In 1989, Miljo founded the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education (CARE) in South Africa. Based on the edge of Kruger National Park, CARE is the world’s largest rescue and rehabilitation center for Cape baboons. 

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