MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — WVU Law's Class of 2018 has selected Jennifer D. Oliva their Professor of the Year.
Oliva is an associate professor of law and public health, and director of WVU’s Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic. As Professor of the Year, she will deliver the College of Law’s commencement address on May 11.
“Professor Oliva is a true mentor in her instruction and willingness to assist students in and out of the classroom,” said Shane Young, president of the Class of 2018. “Her self-awareness and energy as an attorney are inspiring and energetic, and she brings exceptional teaching, research and service to the College of Law.”
Oliva is currently one of only four national Bellow Scholars selected by the American Association of Law Schools for conducting legal scholarship that promotes social justice. The focus of her work is interdisciplinary research to help veterans released from prison return to society and lead productive lives.
Scholarship by Oliva has been published or is forthcoming in the Northwestern Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, the West Virginia Law Review, The Conversation, and the Oxford Human Rights Hub.
Oliva is a United States Army veteran and an honors graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. She earned her M.B.A. from Balliol College, Oxford University, and her bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she was selected a Rhodes and Truman Scholar.