MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Government relations expert Tim Perry ’97 will discuss careers
in his field and his law school experience on March 9 at noon in Room 157 at WVU Law.
A leader in Maryland government relations, Perry is co-founder and chairman of Perry
White Ross Jacobson, LLC. Based in Annapolis, Maryland, the firm represents a diverse
group of clients at the state’s legislative and executive branches as well as in
PWRJ has been the top government relations firm in Maryland in terms of billing for
five consecutive years. Its clients include Anheuser-Busch, Cisco, Airbnb, First
Energy Service Company, AT&T, Fidelity Investments, Nissan, Altria, UnitedHealthGroup,
the Washington Redskins and many more.
Before opening PWRJ, Perry worked as an associate and partner with Baltimore law
firm Gordon Feinblatt. Prior to his government relations career, Perry served as
Chief of Staff to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., the longest serving
State Senate President in United States history.
Update 3/7/20: Congratulations to the University of Virginia School of Law for winning the 2020 National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, and to the University of North Dakota for finishing in second place.
The moot court problem this year involves the construction of a large pipeline to
transport natural gas from a shale play to surrounding markets. The three issues
involved are whether the pipeline developer complied with the requirements of the
Clean Water Act; the extent of eminent domain authority under the Natural Gas Act;
and the authority of a federal agency to grant a right-of-way across a property
near a trail that is part of the National Park System.
The CCLE is a joint partnership between Marshall University and the West
Virginia University College of Law.
The March 4 workshop will offer information about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Program and other student loan topics. It is part of the West Virginia
People’s Law School series, a statewide community outreach effort by CCLE to educate consumers about their rights.
Research by Marshall University found that 99.5% of applications for Public Service
Loan Forgiveness in 2018 were rejected. Because of this lack of success, the Government
Accountability Office conducted a review of the program and found that borrowers
simply do not understand the program.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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 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
“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’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
“We are committed to inclusive excellence at the WVU College of Law because
it will ultimately ensure greater access to justice.”