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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. 

Eleanor F. Hurney is working in the criminal division in the Martinsburg, West Virginia, office. She is a 2017 graduate of the WVU College of Law. Since then, she has clerked for U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey (WVU Law '76) in Wheeling, for Judge Stephanie D. Thacker (WVU Law '90)  with the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and, most recently with Judge Frank W. Volk (WVU Law '92) while he was the Chief U. S. Bankruptcy Judge in Southern West Virginia and as a U. S. District Judge in Charleston. 

Maximilian F. Nogay is working in the District’s Wheeling office in the civil division. After earning his J.D. in 2018 from the WVU College of Law, Nogay joined the law firm of Sellitti, Nogay & Nogay in Weirton, West Virginia. He handled a variety of civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania as the firm’s primary associate attorney. While in law school, Nogay won the Lugar Cup, the annual in-house trial competition, and competed in the National Moot Court Competition held at the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. As an undergraduate at WVU, Nogay was a four-year varsity athlete for the Mountaineers baseball team.

Clayton J. Reid works in the District’s Wheeling office in the criminal division. A native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Reid received his bachelor's degree in American Legal Studies from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2009. He then  served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer until 2014, including one tour in Afghanistan. Reid received his J.D. from the WVU College of Law in 2017, where he was a member of the West Virginia Law Review, Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic, and earned Order of the Coif.  Following graduation from law school, Reid served as a term clerk for the Honorable John Preston Bailey.


Source: USAO-NDWVA news release, 10/19/20

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