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Announcing the 2017 Lawyers and Leaders Award winners

Recipients have dedicated their career to serving others and their communities.

WV U Law 2017 Lawyers and Leaders Award Winners
Lawyers and Leaders Class of 2017 with Dean Gregory Bowman (front right).


MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — WVU Law and West Virginia Executive magazine established the Lawyers and Leaders Award this year to recognize lawyers who have made a positive impact on the state and the nation.

Award winners have dedicated their career to serving others and their communities. Nominees for the award must be actively practicing in West Virginia and/or graduates of WVU Law.

"The honorees are a group of hardworking, generous individuals, and their success is evident in their accomplishments and their community involvement," said  Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law. 

The winners of the inaugural Lawyers and Leaders Award were recently announced at a reception in the WVU Law Event Hall. They were chosen from a variety of practice areas, including the public sector, private practice, in-house, criminal defense, and the military.

Laywers and Leaders Class of 2017

Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko 
WVU Law Class of 1981
Judge, First Family Court Circuit of West Virginia

Marilyn T. McClure-Demers
WVU Law Class of 1991
Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Charles R. DiSalvo
Woodrow A. Potesta Professor of Law, West Virginia University

Sandra Henson KinneyAttorney
Bailey & Glasser, LLP

Carlos E. Mendoza
WVU Law Class of 1997
United States District Judge, Middle District of Florida

Todd A. Mount
WVU Law Class of 1995
Member, Shaffer & Shaffer, PLLC

Bruce Perrone
Advocacy Support Counsel
Legal Aid of West Virginia

Major General Jeffrey A. Rockwell
WVU Law Class of 1987
Deputy Judge Advocate General, U.S. Air Force

Ben Salango
WVU Law Class of 1998
Member and Owner, Preston & Salango, PLLC

Susan Snowden
Counsel, Jackson Kelly PLLC

Joanna Tabit
WVU Law Class of 1986
Judge, Circuit Court of Kanawha County

Marc E. Williams
WVU Law Class of 1985
Office Managing Partner, West Virginia Office, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP

Monté Lee Williams
WVU Law Class of 2003
Attorney, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Jackson J. Butler
Class of 2017, WVU College of Law

Elizabeth L. Stryker
Class of 2017, WVU College of Law

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