MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Emerging leaders studying at the
West Virginia UniversityCollege of Law
will benefit from a new scholarship established by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in
honor of retiring former CEO Susan S. Brewer, the first woman to lead a major law
firm in Appalachia.
Steptoe & Johnson contributed $100,000 to establish the Susan S. Brewer Law Leadership
Scholarship, which goes to full-time students at the College of Law who demonstrate
leadership in their academic career, community, work and other areas.
“Susan is a brilliant litigator and leader who always carries others as she climbs,”
Amelia Rinehart, William J. Maier, Jr. Dean and Professor of Law, said. “Honoring
her trailblazing career in the legal profession with a scholarship of this caliber
will enable the College of Law to recruit and educate students who reflect those
same values of leading through excellence and service to the profession. We are
so grateful for Susan’s lasting leadership and impactful commitment to WVU, as
well as Steptoe & Johnson’s ongoing partnership with the College of Law to
develop West Virginia’s future lawyers and leaders. This scholarship will support
WVU students for many years to come, and we can’t think of a more fitting tribute
to Susan’s incredible legacy in our profession.”
Brewer joined Steptoe & Johnson in 1980, two weeks after graduating from George
Mason University with her law degree. She worked under managing partner Bob Steptoe
as a litigator and served on the firm’s Executive Committee for over 20 years before
taking the helm as CEO in 2009.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Every summer, a group of law students from
West Virginia University
spread out across the state to help those in need.
These Public Interest Advocates Summer Fellows work in local organizations that provide
legal services to low-income clients, the elderly, children, victims of domestic
violence, veterans and others.
“It has been a very rewarding summer for our PIA Fellows, as they get hands-on experience
while providing important support and staffing in various public interest law offices,”
Dan Kimble, director of the
Center for Law and Public Service at the WVU
College of Law. “In many cases, these experiences have launched our students
to careers in public interest law or led them to provide pro bono legal services
as they grow into the legal profession.”
PIA Summer Fellowships are full-time, paid 10-week appointments sponsored by the
non-profit West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest. PIA, one of the most
active student organizations at WVU Law, is a fundraiser for WVFLIPI.
"Right after the pandemic started, Jesse reached out because he wanted to create
a way that we in the Mid-Atlantic area could teach more people about issues that
impact our region," said Alan Feinberg, a representative of the Maryland Chapter
of the American Planning Association. "He and everyone in the Land Use clinic take
a bird's eye approach to planning, in that they look out to the entire area around
them during their efforts so they can do things to benefit everyone."
Harrell graduated from WVU Law in 1982 and has been a lawyer at the EPA
regional office in Philadelphia since 1983. He now manages all legal
aspects of the agency’s criminal enforcement program in five Mid-Atlantic states.
As one of the government’s top environmental enforcement lawyers, Harrell is helping
protect the land, communities and people from environmental and public health threats.
Analytica Legalis is the first company to quantify jurisprudence and analyze judges’ sentiment,
according to Yingling. It was a finalist in the American Bar Association TechShow
2022 Startup Alley competition.
“We measure the philosophy of the law to which judges and courts subscribe, and we
analyze the sentiments judges express in their opinions regarding facts, legal
arguments, and other factors that are important to the outcome of a case,”
“During the past three years, my colleagues, your professors, have equipped you with
the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the legal profession,” she told
the Class of 2022. “As you leave here and embrace your future, please do so with
the aspirations this law school was founded upon in 1878 — that the graduates of
our West Virginia law school would do something and be something that impacts our
communities and our world.”
W.Va. – The West Virginia
UniversityCollege 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 clinics, externships, simulation courses, pro bono work
and moot court competitions.
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
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
goals as editor-in-chief are to expand the law review’s reach and impact while
continuing to publish outstanding and innovative legal scholarship.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Two
West Virginia UniversityCollege 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."
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