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EXIM president and chairman Kim Reed speaking at WVU Law March 2

WVU Law 1996 graduate Kimberly A. Reed

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics and the College of Law are holding a joint Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Kimberly A. Reed, president and chairman of the Board of Directors of the federal Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM).

The event will be held on March 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the WVU College of Law.

“Kim Reed’s leadership is vital to the economic growth of the United States and the world,” said Gregory Bowman, William J. Maier, Jr. Dean of the WVU College of Law. “We are proud of her many accomplishments and honored that she is taking the time to visit WVU and her home state. This is an exceptional opportunity to hear from a WVU Law graduate who is making a difference on the global economic stage.”

Reed is recognized as one of the “100 Women Leaders in STEM” and is the first female chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association. In 2019, she became the first woman and the first West Virginian to lead EXIM, confirmed by a vote of 79 to 17.

West Virginia Law Review Symposium Feb. 27-28 to explore home rule

WVU Law West Virginia Law Review Home Rule symposium 2020

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— Across the United States, municipalities are responding on their own to pressing issues such as anti-discrimination, the environment, gun regulation and consumer protection. In West Virginia, the Home Rule Pilot Program was launched in 2007 and made permanent in 2019.

At a symposium on February 27 and 28, the West Virginia Law Review will explore home rule topics and challenges with a range of national experts.

Home Rule: A State and Local Law Symposium” will be held at the West Virginia University College of Law. The program starts at noon on February 27 and at 8:45 a.m. on February 28.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Practicing attorneys can register for continuing legal education credit at WVCLE.

Kilmer gift establishes bankruptcy law fund

WVU Law Doug Kilmer Bankruptcy Law Fund

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—The West Virginia University College of Law recently received a gift from attorney Douglas Kilmer '76 that will help prepare future bankruptcy lawyers.

The Douglas Kilmer Bankruptcy Law Fund will cover costs associated with establishing an advanced bankruptcy course at WVU Law. The fund will also provide a scholarship each year to a student who demonstrates excellence in bankruptcy law, either by receiving the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence or by excelling in bankruptcy-related classwork and extra-curricular activities.

“It is an honor to be able to provide this opportunity to encourage and reward students who may be interested in the practice of bankruptcy law,” Kilmer said. “It is my hope that this program will enhance the practice of bankruptcy law in West Virginia and inspire students to participate in this challenging but rewarding area of the law.”

Based in Charleston, West Virginia, Kilmer specializes in bankruptcy law. He is also a certified mediator in bankruptcy and debtor-creditor disputes.

WVU Law ranked 5th in nation for public interest law

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—The public interest law program at West Virginia University College of Law has been ranked fifth in the nation.

PreLaw Magazine named WVU Law among the 2020 Best Schools for Public Service: Public Interest. Lawyers who practice public interest law help those who cannot afford legal services and the underrepresented, including the poor, the elderly, children and victims of domestic violence.

WVU Law has a long history of commitment to public interest law. It offers a concentration in the field and, every year, students are funded to work in public interest agencies, including Legal Aid of West Virginia, Mountain State Justice and ChildLaw Services. The college’s clinical law program provides more than 40,000 hours of pro bono legal services a year to those in need. Since 2009, the college has operated a Center for Law in Public Service.

“Excellence in public service is in our DNA, and it’s an integral part of our mission as a land-grant law school,” said Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “We are committed to helping our students excel in public interest law while providing a much-needed service to our state and nation.”

Mountaineer mascot book launch at WVU Law on Feb. 24

WVU Law Mountaineer Are Always Free book cover

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— A new book by folklorist Rosemary Hathaway explores the history and potent symbolism of the iconic West Virginia University Mountaineer.

The book launch for “Mountaineers Are Always Free: Heritage, Dissent, and a West Virginia Icon” ( WVU Press, 2020) will be held in the Event Hall at the WVU College of Law on February 24 at 4 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Hathaway, an associate professor of English, will lead a discussion about the Mountaineer with Travis Stimeling, associate professor of music, and Emily Hilliard of the West Virginia Folklife Program.  

For more than 80 years, the WVU Mountaineer has been alternately a rabble-rouser and a romantic embodiment of the state’s history. While being the subject of ongoing reinterpretation, the Mountaineer has consistently conveyed the value of independence.

McCartney to lead West Virginia Continuing Legal Education

WVU Law WVCLE director Lauren McCartney

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Lauren McCartney has been named director of Continuing Legal Education at the West Virginia University College of Law.

McCartney will develop and implement seminars for the professional development of lawyers who practice in the Mountain State. She will also lead strategic planning, assessment and evaluation of WVCLE initiatives in alignment with the college's strategic plan.

“I look forward to serving the members of West Virginia’s Bar in designing a curriculum of timely topics and engaging speakers to help each of them move forward with their professional goals,” McCartney said. “Legal professionals hold themselves to the highest standards of integrity and professional responsibility, and the Bar self-regulates through the fulfillment of continuing legal education requirements.”

McCartney has worked as an attorney with Jackson Kelly PLLC and Huddleston Bolen, now Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

WVU Law Diversity and Inclusion Open House is Feb. 22

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University College of Law is hosting an admissions open house aimed at increasing diversity in the classroom and the legal profession.

WVU Law’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Day will be held on February 22 from 9:00 a.m. (check-in) to 1 p.m. on Law School Hill. It is free and lunch will be served. To register, visit

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., guests will hear from law students and alumni about how WVU Law set them up for success in law school and their careers. Members of the College’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee will also highlight programs and opportunities offered to diverse law students to help them get the most out of their legal education.

“Diversity is important in law school and the legal profession because it leads to better representation for all members of society,” said Beth Pierpont, assistant dean for Enrollment Management. “We are committed to inclusive excellence at the WVU College of Law because it will ultimately ensure greater access to justice.”

WV Innocence Project receives local human rights award

WVU Law Marjorie McDiarmid and Melissa Giggenbach

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—The West Virginia Innocence Project, a clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law, has received an award from the Morgantown Human Rights Commission.

The award is given annually to an organization in recognition of International Human Rights Day on December 10.

Marjorie McDiarmid, director of the clinical law program, and Melissa Giggenbach, director of the West Virginia Innocence Project, accepted the award from Jacob Powers, chair of the Morgantown Human Rights Commission.

“It requires painstaking work on the part of the students first to identify and then to advocate for clients who have been wrongfully convicted. This award goes to those students and the faculty and staff who work with them,” McDiarmid said.

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