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WVU Law is now home to the state’s Access to Justice Commission

WVU Law Dean Greg Bowman

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA —  Across the country, special commissions remove barriers to justice for low-income and disadvantaged people by working with courts, the bar, and legal aid organizations.

WVU Law is now home to the state’s Access to Justice Commission.  Only two commissions in the country are administered by law schools.

“The Access to Justice Commission is central to fulfilling our mission as a law school to serve the region and make a national impact through our programming and service,” said Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law.

The West Virginia Supreme Court founded the state’s Access to Justice Commission in 2009 and transferred it to the College of Law last year. The commission recently hired a new director and has restructured its governance to include law professors, attorneys, government officials and legal aid providers. The West Virginia State Bar awarded a $75,000 grant to support the commission’s work and its transition to WVU Law.

Professor Weishart Cited in Delaware Case

WVU Law Professor Joshua Weishart

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — The Delaware Court of Chancery has cited WVU Law professor Joshua Weishart in an education rights case.

In Delawarians for Educational Opportunity v. Carney, the court ruled that the state constitution “obligates the state of Delaware to create and maintain a system of public schools that successfully educates Delaware’s students.”

In support of its decision to deny a motion to dismiss the case, the court cites two of Weishart's law review articles:

“It is not possible to divorce a mandate to establish and maintain a system of public schools from the expectation that the schools will educate the students who attend them.” See Joshua E. Weishart, Aligning Education Rights and Remedies, 27 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 346, 360-61 (2018).

WVU Law, Marshall University Launch the Center for Consumer Law and Education

WVU Law President Gordon Gee

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — WVU Law and Marshall University have established a one-of-its-kind Center for Consumer Law and Education to build advocacy for those in West Virginia and beyond.

The universities officially launched the CCLE at special events on their campuses Nov. 28 and 29.

CCLE’s mission is to serve as a principal consumer, law, policy, education and support resource in West Virginia and nationally. It is the only center of its kind on the East Coast and the only one that is a collaboration between two universities.

“I am proud that our university has partnered with Marshall University and many others in the state to help West Virginia move forward and to help our consumers be protected,” said Gordon Gee , President of West Virginia University. “We have an opportunity to improve the lives of West Virginians. This is about education, but it is also about advocacy. It is about making certain we continue to make progress in this state.”

Professor Tu Co-authors New IP Law Guide

WVU Law Professor Shine "Sean" Tu

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — WVU Law professor Shine Tu has contributed to a new book on U.S.copyright, patent, and trademark law.

“Fundamentals of United States Intellectual Property Law” (Wolters Kluwer, 2018) is a comprehensive review of U.S. copyright, patent, and trademark laws. The book offers extensive explanations of each primary statute while examining significant case law.

Tu wrote the patent law section of the book, encompassing seven chapters and covering materials from sources of United States patent law to patent design. His co-authors are Amanda Reid, a journalism and law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Kenneth Port, a professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

This is the revised and updated sixth edition of “Fundamentals of United States Intellectual Property Law."

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