CHARLESTON -- West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Joseph P. Albright recently attended the Spencer Grimes Appellate Judges Summit Nov. 9-11 in Dallas, Texas.
Justice Albright attended sessions focusing on judicial independence, judicial outreach, intellectual property issues, ethical issues involving interaction with legislative and executive branches of government, the impact of capital punishment on the civil appellate process, and a review of U.S. Supreme Court cases.
Among the speakers were former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Kenneth W. Starr, dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law and former U.S. Solicitor General.
The program was presented by the Appellate Judges Education Institute and co-sponsored by the Appellate Judges Conference of the ABA Judicial Division and the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
Justice Alrbight's attendance at the summit was partially funded by a scholarship from the State Justice Institute. The State Justice Institute is a non-profit organization established by federal law to award grants to improve the quality of justice in state courts nationwide, facilitate better coordination between state and federal courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common problems faced by all courts.
More information about the State Justice Institute is available on the SJI Web site at http://www.statejustice.org