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Law Review symposium to explore range of Appalachian issues

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.

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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.

The topics being addressed at the Appalachian Justice Symposium include healthcare; veterans; oil, gas and coal; civil rights; broadband expansion; economic development; criminal justice; and educational and legal reform.

“Our goal is to identify innovative solutions to the challenges faced by our region,” said Rebecca Trump, editor-in-chief of the West Virginia Law Review. “This is a gathering of thought leaders from a variety of disciplines who are interested in collaborating on practical solutions that will move Appalachia forward.”

A panel discussion entitled West Virginia Legislative Goals will feature state senators Mitch Carmichael and Charles S. Trump and state delegates Tim Armstead and John Shott.

Law professors from Baylor, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Montana, UCLA, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and WVU are also participating in the Appalachian Justice Symposium.

Other panels include experts from federal and state agencies, higher education, public interest and nonprofit organizations, law firms, corporations, media, and the judiciary.

Conference participants will hear from keynote speaker Lisa R. Pruitt of the University of California Davis School of Law. John Deskins of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University and the Honorable Michael J. Aloi, U.S. Magistrate Judge, are featured speakers.

For more information on the Appalachian Justice Symposium, visit

Webcasts of the featured and keynote speakers:

John Deskins

Lisa Pruitt

Hon. Michael Aloi



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