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Attorney general holds course to educate public about human trafficking

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office recently held an educational course on human trafficking in Wheeling as part of the office's efforts to “take the lead in combating this emerging crime."

preLaw Magazine: WVU public interest law program among tops in nation

MORGANTOWN – Jennifer Powell, director of the Center for Law and Public Service at West Virginia University’s College of Law said “WVU is a great school for those who want to become public interest lawyers,” and the law school’s recent sixth-place ranking in preLaw Magazine’s list of the top public interest law schools in the nation is evidence that WVU’s commitment to public interest law is paying off.

Flaherty managing member says new management structure 'more closely resembles that of our clients'

CHARLESTON – Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Managing Member Michael Bonasso said his firm’s recent change to a management structure that includes appointment of a chief executive officer “more closely resembles that of our clients.”

State small business statistics reveal continued job creation, economic growth

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Small Business Development Center’s most-recent data revealed “continued job creation and economic growth in the Mountain State."

West Virginia One Stop Business Center geared toward convenience

CHARLESTON – Steven Allen Adams, assistant communications director for West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, said the One Stop Business Center, which opened on Jan. 30 in Charleston, “combines the resources of four state agencies to better help business with registrations, licensing, labor and taxation issues.”

WVU tax law professor says new tax law will offer 'some benefits' to citizens, but on 'scattershot' basis

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia University tax law professor Elaine Wilson says she believes “individual income tax changes, standing alone, will generally help most individuals in West Virginia,” but said she does not believe new business tax changes “will make much of a direct difference to low-income individuals in West Virginia.”

Charleston attorney endows scholarship to help West Virginians, public safety workers at ONU

CHARLESTON – Charleston attorney Kent Carper has six grandchildren who are “in a very comfortable position now to be well-educated,” but he knows many others in the area struggle to pay for a college education. As a result, he has endowed a scholarship fund at Ohio Northern University, where he went to law school.

IOGA director: Oil and natural gas key to state's future

MORGANTOWN – Charlie Burd, executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia believes “investments in the efficient exploration, drilling, production and transporting of oil and natural gas and its by-products present the one best and greatest hope for West Virginia and its citizens.”

Attorney says companies need to have 'effective system for combating' workplace discrimination

HUNTINGTON – A Huntington attorney says the spotlight on sexual harassment or assault accusations suggests that “now is a good time for companies to examine whether they are providing a safe workplace for their employees.”

Underground gas storage is promising for state, official says

CHARLESTON – The president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association says a proposed underground storage facility for natural gas liquids and intermediates “allows West Virginia and the region to take full advantage of natural gas resources.”

Steptoe & Johnson attorney credits West Virginia roots for environmental law recognition

CHARLESTON – Steptoe & Johnson attorney Kathy G. Beckett was recognized recently for her reputation in environmental law by being named a fellow of The American College of Environmental Lawyers, according to a statement released by the firm.

Spilman partner Allevato recognized for trust and estate work

CHARLESTON – Spilman Thomas & Battle partner John F. Allevato is “very appreciative” after being awarded the highest recognition for private wealth attorneys in the 2017 edition of the Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) guide.

Partners: West Virginia Innocence Project gift helps law students, state

MORGANTOWN – Bill Frame and Wesley Metheney of Wilson, Frame & Metheney in Morgantown said their firm’s $100,000 gift to West Virginia University College of Law’s West Virginia Innocence Project was made in an effort “to contribute to the WV College of Law in a manner that would provide direct and immediate educational support to law students and at the same time be part of a greater good to West Virginia.”

Charleston attorney named to W.Va. State Board of Governors

INSTITUTE – Katherine L. “Kitty” Dooley, a Charleston attorney and newly appointed member of the West Virginia State University Board of Governors, is glad she came back to her home state despite plans upon embarking on service an officer in the U.S. Army “to leave West Virginia in the rear view mirror of (her) life.”

Charleston business owner wins SCOTUS patent case against Lexmark

CHARLESTON – Eric Smith, the owner of Lexmark printer cartridge recycler Impression Products, feels that a May 2017 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that exempts entities who resell, refurbish and repair used products from patent laws is good for his industry as a whole.

Dentons global CEO Portnoy to talks about 'Morgantown roots' at WVU event

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia native Elliott Portnoy talked about his “Morgantown roots” and shared how they helped to lead him to a post as the global chief executive officer at law firm Dentons during a Nov. 6 event at the West Virginia University Erickson Alumni Center.

Applachian Justice Initiative discussion focuses on impact of incarceration

MORGANTOWN – A Nov. 1 discussion jointly hosted by the Appalachian Justice Initiative and West Virginia University on mass incarceration “(highlighted) the documentary work of artist Raymond Thompson on the struggles particular to family members who have a loved one incarcerated in Appalachia."

WVU energy conference tackles policy change 'head-on'

MORGANTOWN – The sixth annual National Energy Conference at West Virginia University, which was held on Oct. 20, focused on adapting to changes in the energy industry, according to James Van Nostrand, a professor of law and the director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at WVU.

WVU Law grad Kimberly Reed appointed to Export-Import bank office

WASHINGTON – Kimberly A. Reed, a 1996 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, credits her West Virginia upbringing as a driving force on the path that has led to her appointment as first vice president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Nelson Mullins attorneys: Legal Aid pro bono participation rate showcases firm's commitment

HUNTINGTON – Two attorneys at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough say the firm’s recent recognition for 100 percent participation in Legal Aid of West Virginia’s annual Just One campaign is an extension of the firm’s overall commitment to pro bono work.