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West Virginia Access to Justice Commission

Established in 2009 by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia to address and resolve legal barriers faced by West Virginians in order to increase equality in the justice system.

Mission Statement

The West Virginia Access to Justice Commission seeks to identify, study, and promote measures that will increase the ability of the poor and others facing substantial financial, educational and/or geographic hurdles to gain access to quality legal services. To this end, the WVU College of Law will employ its resources to both support and complement the work currently being done by established legal services. 


The Commission is governed by the Dean of the WVU College of Law with the advice of up to 12 commissioners. The Director, appointed by the Dean, administrates the Commission.

Commission Members

Amelia Smith Rinehart
Dean, WVU College of Law

Robert M. Bastress
John W. Fisher II Professor of Law

Charles R. DiSalvo
Woodrow A. Potesta Professor of Law

Ann L. Haight
Director, Consumer Protection and Anti-Trust Division
Office of the Attorney General

Monica Holliday
Legal Director, ChildLaw Services of West Virginia

Gary L. Johnson
Administration Director, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

Majorie A. McDiarmid
Steptoe & Johnson Profess or Law and Technology

Caroline Osborne
Director, George R. Farmer, Jr. Law Library
WVU College of Law

Jennifer Powell
Assistant Dean, Student Services and Engagement

Duane Ruggier II
Pullin, Fowler & Flanagan PLLC

Adrienne Worthy
Executive Director, Legal Aid of West Virginia

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