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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.

Pizatella returns to Spilman Thomas & Battle with state government experience

CHARLESTON – Jason C. Pizatella has returned to private practice at Spilman Thomas & Battle after leaving the firm to serve in various positions for the West Virginia state government.

Burdette to bridge Bowles Rice, Polymer Alliance Zone in new CEO role

DAVISVILLE – Bowles Rice Business Development Director Keith Burdette has been named president and chief executive officer of the Polymer Alliance Zone.

Attorney: EQT drilling verdict 'affirms property rights of surface landowners'

WEST UNION – A jury verdict delivered earlier this month that ordered EQT Production Co. to pay $190,000 to two Doddridge County landowners after the company built a well pad on their land without permission “simply means that the industry will need to negotiate in good faith with surface landowners to obtain the use of their land prior to the commencement of horizontal drilling operations,” David Grubb of The Grubb Law Group told The West Virginia Record.

Kenova paralegal earns second term as VP for national group

HUNTINGTON – Jill Francisco recently was elected to a second term as vice president of the National Association of Legal Assistants/Paralegals (NALA). Francisco, a paralegal at Dinsmore and Shohl in Huntington, said she is “excited and committed to” continuing in that role “to support and contribute to NALA’s success in the upcoming year.”

Mongolia comes to West Virginia: Judges come to learn about American judicial process

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Supreme Court officials recently met with a group of Mongolian judges to discuss the role of the Supreme Court and the appeal process, court administration, electronic filing and other judicial matters.

Attorney, Alderson native L. Vincent Williams named chairman of WVSU board

INSTITUTE – L. Vincent Williams’ “amazing journey,” which has taken him from a “poor black kid who grew up in a single-parent home in Alderson” to an education that saw him earn a juris doctorate degree and a master of business degree in the span of one week, has now led to his election as the chairman of the West Virginia State University board of governors.

Willis-Miller brings experience, university pride to WVU board secretary role

MORGANTOWN – Taunja Willis-Miller’s one-year term as newly elected secretary of the West Virginia University Board of Governors began on July 1, marking the latest chapter in her service of the state and university she holds dear.

Latest essay contest topic calls on Marshall students to examine controversial speakers issue

HUNTINGTON – An anonymous benefactor’s gift started a tradition at Marshall University in 2009 that calls on students to showcase their research, debate and writing skills in an essay contest that honors retired Cabell Circuit Judge Dan O’Hanlon.

Defense Attorney of the Year winner: Earning clients' trust, confidence is 'sacred'

CHARLESTON – Bailey & Wyant PLLC Managing Member Charles Bailey is the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia’s 2017 Defense Attorney of the Year.

Millennium Leaders visit WVU, focus on state's fossil fuel industry

MORGANTOWN – In June, West Virginia University’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development brought the Atlantic Council’s Millennium Leaders program to the university.

Marshall conducts cybersecurity camp with grant from National Security Agency

HUNTINGTON – Marshall University conducted a GenCyber camp after receiving a National Security Agency grant to hold the “first-ever camp of its kind in West Virginia,” according to Joshua L. Brunty, assistant professor of digital forensics and information assurance at Marshall.

WVU Law professor: Energy efficiency jobs available if West Virginia wants them

MORGANTOWN – Job opportunities are there in the industrial energy efficiency sector, but West Virginia lawmakers need to change a trend that indicates that the state is not interested in attracting these jobs, according to a report from the American Jobs Project, which is advised by West Virginia University College of Law professor James Van Nostrand.

WVU Law graduate Reid uses record-setting pro bono hours to gain experience

MORGANTOWN – Clayton “C.J." Reid graduated from West Virginia University College of Law in May after amassing a school record-setting 840 hours of pro bono work during his tenure as a law student.

CAMC wins appeal; excessive copy price case to be dismissed

CHARLESTON – A lawsuit challenging the amount of the per-page cost a law firm paid to copy a client’s medical records will be dismissed after the Supreme Court of Appeals ruled on May 24 that the client, named as the plaintiff in the lawsuit, was not actually the party who paid for the copies.