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Karwaki named first health law fellow at WVU Law

WVU Law Tanya Karwaki - Health Law Fellow

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the next two years, Tanya Karwaki will teach and mentor law students and conduct legal research in health care issues as the first Health Law Fellow at WVU Law.

“I am excited to work in this position because it permits me to share my experience in health law and policy with WVU law students,” said Karwaki. “Health law is a dynamic, complex, heavily regulated and important subject area with broad societal impact and potential for rewarding legal careers. It is important to consider and develop legal frameworks that may facilitate the contemporary practice of pharmacy and increased access to quality health care.”

This semester, Karwaki is teaching a seminar on law and policy of medical drugs for second- and third-year students. While on Law School Hill, Karwaki is also continuing her research on the role of law in improving access to health care, the legal challenges created by the globalization of health care, and innovations in pharmacy law. 

Karwaki comes to WVU Law from the University of Washington, where she taught in the school of law and in the pharmacy program. She holds expertise in drug law, health care professionalism, pharmacy law and health policy.

Hanshaw to deliver Augusta lecture on Oct. 29

WVU Law - Roger Hanshaw '12

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Roger G. Hanshaw, speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates, will deliver the Presidential Augusta Ambassadors Lecture on October 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Hanshaw will discuss “The Mountaineer in Public Service.” Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

A two-time WVU graduate, Hanshaw represents the residents of Calhoun, Clay, and Gilmer counties (District 33) in the House of Delegates. He is also a partner with the law firm Bowles Rice.

Hanshaw was named to the Order of Augusta, WVU’s most distinguished student award, in 2002 when he earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. In 2012, Hanshaw earned his law degree from WVU. He also holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

Giggenbach named director of West Virginia Innocence Project Law Clinic

WVU Law - Melissa Giggenbach - WV Innocence Project

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— Attorney Melissa Giggenbach has been named director of the West Virginia Innocence Project Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Staffed by law students, the clinic provides free legal representation for the wrongfully incarcerated with many cases involving new DNA or other scientifically-gathered evidence. The West Virginia Innocence Project also advocates for policy reform, including safeguards for forensic techniques and eyewitness identification.

“The West Virginia Innocence Project is committed to pursuing justice for all,” Giggenbach said. “There are many people serving sentences for crimes they did not commit, and rather than treat them as casualties of the justice system, the West Virginia Innocence Project sees them as the wrongfully incarcerated who deserve their rights to equal justice and due process. Ultimately, our work makes the justice system stronger.”

Giggenbach has been affiliated with the West Virginia Innocence Project since 2013 when she joined the clinic as an adjunct lecturer. Before that, she worked in solo practice and in the Preston County Public Defender Office. She is a 1999 graduate of WVU Law. 

Professional landmen donate $24,000 to veterans clinic

WVU Law 2019 Michael Late Benedum clay shoot

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—The Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the American Association of Professional Landmen has donated $24,000 to the Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law.

The clinic provides pro bono legal services to former service members while training law students. Under faculty supervision, students working in the clinic represent veterans in litigation before administrative agencies and courts on benefits, discharge upgrades, employment claims and other civil matters.

The Michael Late Benedum Chapter raised the funds at its fifth annual Charity Clay Shoot, Dinner and Auction. This is the third year in a row that the veterans law clinic has received the event’s proceeds, which now total $78,000.

The clay shoot was held at Hunting Hills in Dilliner, Pennsylvania. It was sponsored by 23 oil and gas companies and service providers who pledged between $500 and $7,500 to the veterans clinic. Northeast Natural Energy’s Anthony Romeo, himself a veteran, is the founder of the event.

Nolan to lead Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic

WVU Law Jed Nolan veterans law clinic director

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Jed Nolan, a public interest attorney based in Beckley, West Virginia, has been named director and staff attorney of the Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law.

In his new role, Nolan will supervise third-year law students who provide pro bono legal services to West Virginia’s veterans.

“I have six family members who served in the military,” Nolan said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help others obtain the benefits they earned serving their country. I am also thrilled to training a group of young lawyers to understand that legal practice is about more than arguing case law and statutes; it is about connecting with a client and using the law as a means to improve their daily life.”

There are currently seven student attorneys in Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic. Under faculty supervision, students in the clinic represent clients before administrative agencies and courts regarding benefits, discharge upgrades, employment claims and other civil matters. The clinic also provides community outreach efforts and legal services in partnership with the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Ihlenfeld Lecture Oct. 8 to address "dynamic equality"

WVU Law 2019 Ihlenfeld Lecture Suzanne A. Kim (Rutgers Law School)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Suzanne A. Kim, a nationally recognized expert on family law and LGBTQ rights, will deliver the annual Charles L. Ihlenfeld Lecture on Public Policy and Ethics on October 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Marilyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Kim’s lecture, titled “Building Dynamic Equality in an Unequal World,” is free and open to the public.

Kim is a professor and the Judge Denny Chin Scholar at Rutgers Law School. Her research and scholarship addresses intersections of family, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and culture from legal and socio-legal perspectives.

Kim is the founder and director of the interdisciplinary Rutgers Center for Gender, Sexuality, Law and Policy. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University.

Professor DiSalvo inspires Gandhi Exhibit in India

WVU Law professor Charles DiSalvo

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— When the National Gandhi Museum and the Delhi High Court Bar Association in India recently wanted to stage an exhibit about Mahatma Gandhi’s early years as a lawyer, they drew inspiration from the scholarship of WVU Law professor Charles DiSalvo. 

DiSalvo is the author of “M.K. Gandhi, Attorney at Law: The Man Before the Mahatma"  (University of California Press, 2013).

“The National Gandhi Museum in Delhi contacted me for advice and documents,” DiSalvo said. “I was not sure what to expect, but, as it turned out, I couldn’t have imagined a more gratifying use of my scholarship. More than 500 Delhi High Court lawyers and judges showed up to kick off the exhibit.”

The exhibit, “Gandhi: the Lawyer,” was held on the premises of the Delhi High Court as part of India’s ongoing commemoration of Gandhi’s 150th birthday this year on October 2. It was opened by D.N. Patel, the chief justice of the Delhi High Court.

Consumer law center offering free workshop on October 7

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—The Center for Consumer Law and Education will present a free public workshop on October 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Kanawha County Public Library in Charleston, West Virginia.

Titled “10 Things You Should Know About Consumer Law and Where to Get Help,” the workshop will be led by Jonathan Marshall, director of the CCLE. Dinner will be provided.

A representative from the West Virginia University Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic will also be present to answer questions from veterans about available resources and services.

This is the first in a series of state-wide consumer workshops that the CCLE is calling the People’s Law School.

Hon. John K. Bush speaking on September 26

WVU Law - Federalist Society speaker Judge John K. Bush

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—The Honorable John K. Bush of the 6th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals is speaking at WVU Law on September 26 at noon in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom.

Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend

Bush will discuss finding meaning in the law. His lecture is co-sponsored by the Federalist Society at WVU Law.

Bush joined the 6th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017 after a nomination from President Donald Trump. The court hears appeals from federal judicial districts in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Michigan. 

WVU Law hosting climate change public health conference September 21

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— Global warming and climate change are having an impact on our health, not just the planet, according to experts gathering at the WVU Law for a free public conference.

“Climate Change and Public Health: Addressing the Growing Crisis” will be held on September 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the law school’s Event Hall. Registration is free and includes a buffet luncheon. 

To register, visit

The speakers at the conference will discuss how the climate crisis is causing serious economic, physical, and mental injuries from extreme weather, heatwaves, flooding, drought, and poor air quality. The program is presented by the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at the WVU College of Law, the West Virginia Center on Climate Change, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center.

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