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Justice Workman establishes fund for child and family law clinic

WVU Law - West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Margaret L. Workman

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A pioneering Supreme Court justice is leaving a legacy at West Virginia University College of Law that will benefit the state’s children and families.

Margaret Workman, the first woman elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, has given $50,000 to establish an endowment for the Child and Family Advocacy Law Clinic.

The Justice Margaret Workman Child Advocacy Endowment is in memory of her late children, Lindsay Gardner and Ted Gardner. The gift will help support the operation of the law clinic, which provides practical training for law students serving those in need.

“A major focus of my judicial career has been to shape a court system more protective of children’s rights and more effective in helping families in crisis,” Workman said. “This gift will support the Child and Family Advocacy Law Clinic in its work on these same goals. I owe the WVU College of Law a debt of gratitude for my legal education and the opportunity it has provided me for a very satisfying career.”

WVU Law presents a free webinar on the Electoral College

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University College of Law is offering a free webinar on understanding the Electoral College on November 3, Election Day, at noon.

The presenter is Keith Hoover, administrative counsel for the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. He will discuss what a vote for president means, the history of the Electoral College, how it works, criticisms and possible reforms.

The webinar is hosted by West Virginia Continuing Legal Education. It is free, but registration is required.

Four young alumni join U.S. Attorney's Office

WHEELING, W. Va.  – U.S. Attorney Bill Powell has hired four new Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Northern District of West Virginia.

Christopher L. Bauer, Eleanor F. Hurney, Maximilian F. Nogay, and Clayton J. Reid, all recent graduates of WVU Law, were sworn in over the past few months.

“A position as an Assistant United States Attorney is a coveted one. We receive dozens of applications for every one opening, and many of the applicants are highly qualified. Ultimately, we hire the best person for the position, and we have done so again. I am very proud of our team in this district, and I am confident that our new Assistant United States Attorneys will continue the great work our district is recognized for,” said Powell, a 1985 WVU Law graduate.

Christopher L. Bauer is working in the criminal division in the District’s Clarksburg, West Virginia, office. He received his bachelor's degree in legal studies and political science from William Paterson University in New Jersey. In 2016, he received his J.D./M.B.A from WVU, where he served on the West Virginia Law Review and the U.S. Supreme Court Clinic. From 2016 to 2017, Bauer worked as a litigation associate in the Bridgeport, West Virginia, office of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. From 2017 to 2018, he served as a term law clerk for the Honorable Robert W. Trumble (WVU Law '84), U.S. Magistrate Judge. From 2018 to 2020, he served as a term law clerk for the Honorable Irene M. Keeley (WVU Law '80), Senior U.S. District Judge. 

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