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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.

WVU professor challenges 'exploitation' of college athletes in new article

MORGANTOWN – In the scholarly article "Groomed for Exploitation! How Applying the Statutory Definition of Employee to Cover Division IA College Football Players Disrupts the Student-Athlete Myth," West Virginia University law professor Anne Marie Lofaso uses a fresh perspective to explore the exploitation of student-athletes by the schools they represent and presents insightful points on how many of these students have technically earned qualification for employee benefits.

All Raymond Ebner needs is a good kick in the keister

A rich person may be described as “having money coming out of his …," but this coarse figure of speech is surely not meant to be taken literally, much less as a fiscally or anatomically accurate description of asset management. Try telling that to Raymond Ebner.

Man accuses WVU Board of Governors of discrimination because of IBS

MORGANTOWN – A man is suing the West Virginia University Board of Governors after he claims he was discriminated against because he was disabled.

West Virginia legal leaders mourn death of Cleckley

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia legal community is mourning the death of former state Supreme Court Justice Franklin D. Cleckley, who died Aug. 14 at his home in Morgantown. He was 77.

WVU Law student becomes International Rescue Committee intern, talks refugee visas

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia University Law student Katie Hutchison not only wants to change the world, she already has.

Andrew Fusco named to IP Stars list for the fourth time

MORGANTOWN – For the fourth year in a row Morgantown lawyer Andrew Fusco has been named to Managing Intellectual Property magazine's list of IP Stars.

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.

Former deputy sues Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department for discrimination

BECKLEY – A former deputy is suing the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department after he claims he was discriminated against because of his race.

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.

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 professor: NAFTA renegotiations 'might even make things worse' for state

MORGANTOWN – The devil might be in the details of a Trump administration-renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that could end up hurting West Virginia even if it benefits the rest of the nation, a West Virginia University law professor said during a recent interview.