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National moot court competition tackles liquefied natural gas problem

Update 3/12/17: Congratulations to winners William and Mary School of Law and finalists Pace School of Law.

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — Law students from across the country will be in Morgantown March 8-10 for the eighth annual National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition hosted by WVU Law.

The competition problem this year involves a liquefied natural gas facility, and whether an analysis of the environmental impacts requires consideration of the greenhouse gases that will be released when the natural gas is ultimately combusted in its foreign destination.

“The problem also raises issues about the government’s responsibility under the public trust doctrine to preserve access to certain public resources and to clean air and water,” said James Van Nostrand, director of WVU’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development

Wallace '18 named Law Student of the Year finalist

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MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — 3L Ryan Wallace has been named one of the top student leaders in the country by The National Jurist.

In its spring issue, the magazine named Wallace a finalist for Law Student of the Year. He is among 20 student leaders from across the country recognized for significantly contributing to their law school and community.

“I am humbled and grateful to be recognized for doing something I love,” said Wallace. “My dream is to become a lawyer who makes a difference in the world, helping communities and people, and I am honored to be able to pursue that dream.”

A two-time recipient of a Public Interest Advocates Summer Fellowship, Wallace has worked for West Virginia Senior Legal Aid and the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic. As a student attorney in the clinic, he provided pro bono assistance in West Virginia communities devastated by floods.

Law Review symposium to explore range of Appalachian issues

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The keynote and featured speakers will be live streamed.

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — The West Virginia Law Review is hosting a symposium on February 23-24 focusing on a wide range of legal and public policy issues faced by Appalachia.

The Appalachian Justice Symposium will feature presentations and discussions by more than 80 national and regional experts. It is being held at the West Virginia University College of Law, beginning at 9 a.m. each day. 

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Gray '69 receives ABA Spirit of Excellence Award

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA —The American Bar Association (ABA) recently honored Major General (ret.) Kenneth D. Gray with its 2018 Spirit of Excellence Award.

A 1969 graduate of WVU Law, Gray was the first African-American general in the history of the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

The ABA presents the Spirit of Excellence Award to attorneys who display a strong commitment to promoting racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession, both in their workplace and at the national, state, or local level.

Gray received the award in a February 3 ceremony at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

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