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,
The Land Air Water, the nation’s oldest and largest student environmental law society at
the University of Oregon, presents the award annually at its Public Interest
Environmental Law Conference.
McGinley has been a leader in environmental law during a career that has spanned
more than 40 years. Among his accomplishments, he litigated —- and won —- the first
mountaintop removal case; he represented a citizen’s group that preserved the Cranberry
Backcountry in West Virginia’s Highlands as federal wilderness; and he is a
leading authority on the Freedom of Information Act.