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WVU Law offering nation’s first LL.M. in White-Collar Forensic Justice

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — West Virginia University has launched the nation’s only Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in forensics for white-collar crime.

The LL.M. in White-Collar Forensic Justice is designed for lawyers seeking expertise in financial fraud and forensic accounting. The 14-month online program is a collaboration between WVU Law and the Department of Accounting at the WVU College of Business and Economics. Classes start in August.

“By offering this LL.M. degree online, we are providing an opportunity for lawyers across the country to develop their skills in a highly valued area of the law,” said Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “Attorneys who have specialized training in fraudulent financial practices will have an edge in the workplace and the courtroom.”

Students in the program will learn in-depth legal skills for examining financial fraud from professors with experience in law and forensic accounting.

Pace '99 elected member of Kay Casto & Chaney

WVU Law graduate Charles Pace - Kay Casto & Chaney

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA — Charles W. Pace, Jr. has been promoted to Member of Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC. 

He is a 1999 graduate of WVU Law.

Pace practices in the firm’s commercial law group. He focuses on assisting clients with estate planning, trust and estate administration, wealth preservation strategies, special needs planning, elder law issues, and taxation. 

A significant portion of Pace's practice is assisting clients with business entity formation, general business entity advice, and business transactions. His practice also extends into the areas of trust and estate litigation and commercial litigation.

Hancock '07 elected Nelson Mullins partner

WVU Law 2007 Graduate Tom Hancock of Nelson Mullins

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The partners of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP have elected Thomas M. Hancock to the partnership effective January 1, 2018. He is a 2007 graduate of WVU Law. 

Hancock, who joined the firm in 2016, concentrates his practice in the area of complex litigation. His experience involves litigation of catastrophic workplace accidents; litigation of intricate federal regulatory schemes; litigation involving pulmonology; and a variety of business litigation on behalf of clients from diverse industries. He also handles administrative matters for his clients before various state and federal agencies. He is based in the Firm’s West Virginia office. 

Hancock's practice includes both trial work and an active appellate practice. He has regularly practiced before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the United States Department of Labor, and all state and federal courts in West Virginia. He is also licensed before the Sixth and Third Circuits, where he handles appellate work only.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 575 attorneys and government relations professionals with offices in 10 states and Washington, DC. 

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