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Morgantown attorney Durst named to 2018 top High Stakes Litigators list

MORGANTOWN – Tiffany R. Durst of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe PLLC said her recognition as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for 2018 is a credit to hard work as well as support from her family and co-workers.

Lane steps into new role on U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee

CHARLESTON – Delegate Charlotte Lane (R-Kanawha) has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee. She will serve as a special government employee on the committee for a two-year term that will end in July of 2020.

ABA Spirit of Excellence Award recipient reflects upon distinguished military legal career

MORGANTOWN – Excelsior Bottom's most-famous son, retired Maj. Gen. Kenneth D. Gray, says he's honored to have received the American Bar Association's 2018 Spirit of Excellence Award and observed the military has a way to go toward gender and racial inclusivity.

Symposium helps people 'collaborate on ideas to help move Appalachia forward'

MORGANTOWN – Legal experts from around the country recently gathered at West Virginia University to discuss how to more Appalachia forward.

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.

WVU soon will offer legal forensics degree

MORGANTOWN – The complexity of modern white-collar crime has pointed up the need for an advanced forensics law degree that will be offered at West Virginia University beginning this summer, the director of WVU's Master of Law program said during a recent interview.

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.”

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.”

UN investigator meets with WVU professors to discuss poverty issues as part of U.S. tour

MORGANTOWN – A United Nations investigator recently met with West Virginia University law school professors to hear about issues related to poverty and a variety of related topics.

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.”

AAPL chapter raises $20,000 for WVU Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic

MORGANTOWN – The Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic at West Virginia University received a donation of $22,000 recently that was raised by a local chapter of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) at its Charity Clay Shoot, Dinner and Auction in October.

West Virginia Innocence Project working to overturn convicted rapist's conviction

MORGANTOWN – Less than a month since a man who spent 20 years in prison for raping his 5-year-old daughter was freed, the director of the West Virginia Innocence Project explained why the program does what it does.

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.

Former student blames colleges for riding injuries

KEYSER — A former student is suing two colleges, alleging negligence led to riding injuries.

Voices heard on the end of the war on coal

The war on coal​ is officially over. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced last week that the Trump Administration is abandoning the Clean Power Plan that was created to cripple the coal industry in America.

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.

Multiple organizations honor Huntington attorney Williams

HUNTINGTON – A Huntington lawyer has been recognized by three organizations this year for continuing to be one of West Virginia's top attorneys.

WVU, Pitt face off again in federal case over hospitals

PITTSBURGH – A judge has denied a motion for protective order in a lawsuit involving University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and West Virginia University Hospitals.