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Culture of Excellence - Spring 2022

Aly Fleenor '24
1L Scholarship, Character and Activism Award

WVU Law student Aly Fleenor

Aly has served as community service chairperson for the Class of 2024 and has done an excellent job coordinating activities for her class. The Class of 2024 has been outstanding in their service to the community, much due to the leadership of Aly. She completed multiple service projects over the year and participated in many others, including building a partnership with The Shack Neighborhood House, coordinating Trunk or Treat and Valentine’s Day donations for the children served there; coordinating volunteer work with the Animal House and the Mountaineer Thon, raising over $750 for the Children’s Hospital, and creating a basket donation for PIA from the Class of 2024. Aly has a true heart for helping those in need. She has been an outstanding representative of the Class of 2024 and of the WVU College of Law.

Caroline Leadmon '23
2L Emerging Leader Award

WVU Law student Caroline Leadmon

Caroline has been actively involved at WVU Law from day one. She is a top student who can balance her studies with strong engagement in leadership activities. She has achieved multiple CALI Awards and has served as the fundraising chair for both her class and SBA. She is a West Virginia Law Review, associate editor. She serves as a graduate assistant for the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. She is currently the Event Planner for Women Leadership Council and she is the new SBA president-elect. Her pleasant disposition, eagerness to assist, and overall excellent leadership skills, make her an excellent candidate for this award.

Maddie Hinkle '22
3L Legacy Award

WVU Law student Maddie Hinkle

Maddie Hinkle’s accomplishments? Associate editor, West Virginia Law Review; published note, West Virginia Law Review; president of the Environmental Law Society; president, board of directors, the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest; student clinician in the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic; policy and legislation clerk, Appalachian Trail Conservancy; intern, Appalachian Citizens Law Center; research assistant to Professors Richardson and Van Nostrand; Top 20% in her class; CALI Award in Energy Law. She’s been a humble leader who gets things done.

Black Law Students Association
Exemplary Student Group

WVU Law 2021-22 BLSA president Nakia Ridgeway

The Black Law Students Association has had an incredibly active year with many active partnerships.. It sponsored the Franklin Cleckley book scholarship award; partnered with HLSA for the Black in Latin America Documentary & Discussion; attended the Pittsburgh Zoo Asian Lantern Festival (in collaboration with APALSA and NTLSA); sponsored an Appalachian Book Project Community Service event; sponsored the Different Hues discussion group that focused on compassion and the law; represented WVU Law and tabled at the women’s basketball "I Belong" diversity and inclusion event; hosted Black History Month Activities including Valentine Day Grams (in collaboration with Women Leadership Council) to raise money for RDVIC; and hosted the Soul Food Luncheon serving over 120 students, faculty, and staff. BLSA also hosted Understanding Abolition (in collaboration with APALSA, NTLSA, and The Abolitionist Law Center); volunteered and participated in the 3-on-3 Wellbeing Basketball Tournament (sponsored by the Center for Black Culture and Research, WVU Collegiate Recovery, RISE WVU, and WELL WVU).

The 2021-22 BLSA president is Nakia Ridgeway.

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