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President Biden nominates Williamson '10 to lead mine safety

WVU Law 2010 graduate Christopher Williamson

WASHINGTON, DC — President Joe Biden has announced his nomination of Christopher J. Williamson for Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Williamson is a 2010 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law.

From the White House news release:

A proud Appalachian and native of the coalfields of southern West Virginia, Williamson currently serves as Senior Counsel to Chairman Lauren McFerran of the National Labor Relations Board. Prior to joining the NLRB, he served in the Obama-Biden Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor as a member of the senior leadership team at the Mine Safety and Health Administration. In that role, he advised the Assistant Secretary for MSHA on all aspects of agency policy, operations, and communications. 

Professor Richardson named co-editor of Water Law Newsletter

WVU Law professor Jesse Richardson

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Professor Jesse Richardson of the West Virginia University College of Law has been named co-editor of Water Law Newsletter.

The newsletter is a national publication of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and provides information and updates on federal and state water law developments. 

As co-editor the Water Law Newsletter, Richardson will help expand the publication's coverage of laws in the eastern United States. He already serves as the newsletter’s reporter for Virginia and West Virginia.

In addition to teaching, Richardson  is the lead land use attorney in WVU’s Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic. His areas of expertise are agricultural law, land use law and water law. 

WVU Law students are focusing on abuse and neglect practice

WVU Law students Mullins, Miller and LaParne

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Three students at the West Virginia University College of Law are learning firsthand how to provide quality legal representation for children in abuse and neglect cases.

Rachael Mullins, Carrie Miller and Christian LaParne are participating in a new externship program through the West Virginia Court Improvement Program Board. The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has designated the CIP with improving the state’s foster care and judicial processes.

The students, all 2Ls, are conducting 100 hours of fieldwork in addition to their semester-long externship course. They attend hearings and multi-disciplinary team meetings, tour group homes and juvenile centers, make home visits, conduct legal research and prepare legal documents.

Mullins, Miller and LaParne are supervised by attorneys from Lyons Phillips Legal Group, PLLC, and Jessica Haught, director of the Fitzsimmons Center for Litigation and Advocacy at WVU Law.

Social work student takes on new role at the WVU College of Law

WVU Law social work graduate student Hannah Jack

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Graduate student Hannah Jack is making her mark as the first social work intern in the law clinics at the West Virginia University College of Law.

While earning her Master of Social Work from the WVU School of Social Work, Jack is helping the law clinics serve clients holistically, including connecting them to resources to improve their quality of life. She also consults with law students working in the clinics on topics such as communication and stressors in their relationships with clients.

“I hope to pave the way for this kind of partnership to continue in the future and to demonstrate the role a social worker can play in helping the law clinics provide legal resources,” Jack said. “This role holds opportunities to collaborate with a variety of people: lawyers, clients and even other social workers.”

Jack is supervised by Nicole McConlogue, associate professor of law and clinic director. She sees the potential for social work graduate students to enhance the legal representation the clinics already provide.

Veterans clinic hosting legal services day Nov. 12

WVU Law - West Virginia National Guard uniform with flag and patch

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia veterans and their families will have access to free legal services during a one-day event hosted by the West Virginia University Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic.    

Student attorneys in the Clinic will offer free legal advice and services related to Veterans Affairs claims, wills and other issues on November 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of The Equities House, 900 Virginia St East, Charleston, WV, 25301.  

The legal services day is open to all veterans living in the Mountain State, their spouses and children. Walk-ins will be accepted throughout the day or guests can register in advance by calling 304-460-1476 or emailing  

Veterans must bring with them identification, medical records, prior wills, DD214 forms, service records and any other relevant paperwork.  

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