MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Kaitlyn Akers, a rising third-year student at the West Virginia University College of Law, has been elected by her peers to serve as the next editor-in-chief of the West Virginia Law Review.
The WVLR is a professional legal journal that publishes practical and theoretical articles for legal scholars, students, legislators and lawyers. Founded in 1894, it is the fourth oldest student-governed law review in the country.
Akers will lead the team that will publish three issues of Volume 124 of the WVLR in 2021-22. She will also oversee the law review’s annual symposium, website and online edition.
“Being selected as editor-in-chief for Volume 124 is a great honor,” Akers said. “While I am so proud to serve, I first want to thank my team. Our work is already underway, and I cannot thank them enough for how intelligent, hardworking, and insightful every single member of this team has been and will continue to be.”
As editor-in-chief, Akers has set several goals in addition to publishing outstanding and innovative legal scholarship.
“My vision for Volume 124 is to increase communication among the members of WVLR, between WVLR and the law school, and between WVLR and the West Virginia legal community as a whole,” she said. “I also hope to expand the WVLR Online and work to further develop student scholarship.”
Akers is currently an associate editor for Volume 123 of the WVLR. She is also an admissions student ambassador and a peer consultant in the Writing Center.
This summer, Akers will work in the Kanawha County Public Defender’s Office as a recipient of a Sprouse Fellowship. Last summer, she clerked with the Honorable Judge Irene Keeley in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. Before law school, she worked as a paralegal at Legal Aid of West Virginia.
Akers earned a bachelor’s of science in psychology from WVU in 2018.