MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — Marjorie McDiarmid, Steptoe & Johnson Professor of Law & Technology, is the recipient of the state’s 2016 Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award.
The West Virginia State Bar and Legal Aid of West Virginia present the award annually to an attorney or law firm whose efforts go above and beyond the call of duty.
McDiarmid was recognized for her many years of pro bono work and support for legal service organizations in West Virginia. She received the award recently at the annual meeting of the West Virginia State Bar in Charleston.
“Not only is Professor McDiarmid a respected professor at the West Virginia University College of Law, she is also generous in donating her time to help Legal Aid of West Virginia as an organization, and to serving our clients as a pro bono attorney,” said Gretchen Lewis of Legal Aid of West Virginia.
McDiarmid serves Legal Aid as a pro bono attorney and long-time member of the organization’s board of directors.
In presenting the award, Lewis also cited McDiarmid’s work on behalf of domestic violence victims. As director of WVU Law’s Clinical Law Program, McDiarmid and student-attorneys provided representation to more than 40 victims of domestic violence in Monongalia County in 2016.
“I am humbled by Legal Aid’s decision to confer this award upon me. It represents, in major part, the hard work of many students in the Clinic who have represented domestic violence petitioners in need of help at a critical time,” said McDiarmid. “Many citizens in our state face court proceedings without the assistance of counsel, and we are glad to be able to address a small part of that need.”
A member of the faculty since 1986, McDiarmid received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from Columbia University. She also earned an LL.M. from Harvard University.