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Magazine gives top marks to WVU College of Law

WVU Law front entrance

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University College of Law is among the best schools in the country for practical training, environmental law and intellectual property law, according to preLaw Magazine.

The national publication ranks WVU Law No. 26 in the country for practical training and gives the college a grade of A for environmental law and a B+ for intellectual property law.

For practical training, preLaw considered WVU Law’s opportunities in clinicsexternships, simulation courses, pro bono work and moot court competitions.

For environmental law and intellectual property law, the magazine looked at the range of courses, depth of faculty expertise and programs, such as the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development, the National Energy and Sustainable Moot Court Competition and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic.

Redding elected editor-in-chief of West Virginia Law Review

WVU Law student Devin Redding

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Devin Redding, 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.  

Redding will lead the team that will publish three issues of Volume 125 of the WVLR in 2022-23. She will also oversee the law review’s annual symposium, website and online edition. 

Redding’s main goals as editor-in-chief are to expand the law review’s reach and impact while continuing to publish outstanding and innovative legal scholarship.  

Shuler captures Baker Cup in Supreme Court final

WVU Law 2022 Baker Cup finalist with West Virginia Supreme Court Justics

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Two West Virginia University College of Law students argued before the state’s highest court on April 12. One of them will now have their name engraved on a cherished trophy.

Second-year students Mattie Shuler and Cameron LeFevre were finalists in WVU Law’s annual George C. Baker Moot Court Competition. They argued before the Justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in Charleston.

In the end, it was Shuler who was awarded the historic Baker Cup by the Justices.

"The Baker Cup finals gave Mattie and Cameron an amazing opportunity to argue in a historic courtroom before the Justices,” said Amy Cyphert, moot court advisor and lecturer in law. “We were transfixed watching their excellent arguments and I know the Justices were very impressed."

WVU Law hires its first behavioral health counselor

WVU Law behavioral health counselor Kathy Servian

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Across the country, the pandemic intensified a growing trend of increased rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and serious thoughts of suicide.

In response, the West Virginia University College of Law has hired its first in-house behavioral health counselor, Kathy Servian.

“An embedded counselor is a long-felt need in our student support system,” said Amelia Smith Rinehart, William J. Maier, Jr. Dean of the College of Law. “Law students deal with stress in a competitive and challenging environment and that stress continues even as they graduate and head to future legal careers. Kathy’s exceptional counseling experience makes her the perfect addition to our Student Services and Engagement group. Ultimately, our efforts to destigmatize and address mental health concerns will impact not just students in their daily lives as healthy professionals but the legal community throughout our state and region.”

A Licensed Professional Counselor, Servian has more than 23 years of experience in the mental health field. She has provided individual and group therapy to clients experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, relationship problems, substance use and gambling addiction. 

Addo to deliver international law lecture on April 7

WVU Law 2022 McDougall Lecture - Michael  Addo

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A specialist in international human rights law and business policy is delivering the annual Archibald McDougall Lecture at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Michael K. Addo will speak at noon on April 7 in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom. He will address the United Nation’s guiding principles on business and human rights and its impact on international law making.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. 

Addo is a former member of the U.N. Working Group that promoted and implemented the organization’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. In that role, he prepared policy papers and thematic reports for the U.N. Human Rights Council and the General Assembly, as well as policy advice for governments, companies and advocacy groups. He currently directs the London Law study abroad program at Notre Dame Law School. 

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