Professor Cardi teaching in 2019.
The scholarship will be used for a law student in need who has grown up in West Virginia and demonstrates a commitment to public service.
Cardi, the Bowles Rice Professor of Law at WVU, joined the faculty in 1967. His teaching expertise includes bankruptcy law, commercial law and contracts. He was selected Professor of the Year in 2019 and 2012 by the graduating classes. He was also a recipient of the WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1992 and 2020.
Michael Moore, a 2012 WVU Law graduate, is a former student of Cardi’s and now practices labor and employment law with Steptoe & Johnson.
“Professor Cardi is a legend in the practice of law in West Virginia,” said Moore. “As a professor, mentor, and friend, Vince Cardi exemplifies all of the qualities that students and practitioners seek in educators — a thoroughness in his teaching, a joy for the subject-matter, and a willingness to continue assisting his former students, long after they leave Law School Hill. Professor Cardi personifies all the best qualities of the West Virginia University College of Law.”
Current third-year law student Tim Moore (no relation to Michael Moore) has taken several of Cardi’s classes.
“Professor Cardi is kind, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and truly cares about the success of students,” he said. “He always makes himself available to answer questions and is always concerned with the well-being of students and their challenges in and out of law school.”
In addition to teaching, Cardi has served for almost 20 years as a West Virginia commissioner on the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). The ULC is a national non-partisan organization that researches and writes critical new legislation for states.
On the ULC, Cardi’s work includes leading the effort to draft a statute that helps victims of revenge porn. The multi-year process resulted in the Civil Remedies for Unauthorized Disclosure of Intimate Images Act, which is now law in Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is under consideration in Arkansas and Iowa.
Over the course of his career, Cardi has taught law as a visiting professor at Wake Forest, Ohio State, Mercer, St. John’s and St. Thomas universities.
He is a fellow of the West Virginia Bar Foundation and a member of the American Law Institute. He is past president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools and a former board member and president of Legal Aid of West Virginia. From 2013-19, he served on the West Virginia State Election Commission.
Cardi earned a bachelor’s degree in history and his J.D. from Ohio State University. He also holds an LL.M. from Harvard University. His wife, Jane, is an artist and former educator and assistant dean in the WVU College of Education and Human Services.
The gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the nonprofit organization that receives and administers private donations on behalf of West Virginia University.