She will start March 2017 following the retirement of Jessica Justice Stolarik, who has led the program for 36 years. Brugnoli is working closely with Stolarik this fall as part of the leadership transition.
“Amber is uniquely qualified to direct WVCLE,” said Gregory W. Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “I am confident that she will run and grow a successful program that continues to meet the professional needs of attorneys who practice in our state.”
Brugnoli is a major in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate Corps Reserves and served in active duty from 2004-2008, including a tour in Iraq. She holds a law, a master’s and undergraduate degrees from WVU and a master’s degree from Troy University.
WVCLE offers a wide range of classes to help the state’s lawyers practice professionally, competently, and ethically throughout their careers. The program provides live courses, multimedia seminars, and online credit for more than 2,200 lawyers from West Virginia and 20 other states. It has been based at the WVU College of Law, and directed by Stolarik, since it was founded in 1980.
“The legal community in West Virginia owes Jessie a big debt of gratitude,” said Bowman. “She has skillfully run WVCLE for the benefit of thousands of attorneys and the clients they serve. Her decades of positive impact on legal education and the profession in West Virginia cannot be over stated.”
Stolarik earned her law degree from WVU and her undergraduate degree from Marshall University.