'The Law Works' explores role of state Supreme Court

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 22, 2007



CHARLESTON -- West Virginia Public Broadcasting's "The Law Works" spends the next two weeks exploring the role of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and its relationships to the legal system as a whole.

The programs will air at 8:30 p.m. March 29 and April 5 on West Virginia PBS.

The first week, Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Albright talks with "The Law Works" host Dan Ringer about what the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals does and how its rulings affect West Virginians. During the second week's discussion, Albright and Ringer talk about appeals -- everything from the definition of an appeal to "how high" an appeal can go before the decision is final.

Albright was elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in 2000 for a 12-year term. He has a long and distinguished career in serving the state as a prosecuting attorney for Wood County, a city attorney for Parkersburg, a representative in the West Virginia House of Delegates, and the 52nd Speaker of the House.

The host of "The Law Works," Dan Ringer is a past-president of the West Virginia State Bar, has taught and lectured concerning legal matters at the college and university level since 1976, and is a member of the graduate faculty of the WVU College of Human Resources and Education.

In 1996, Ringer was named the first West Virginia Lawyer Citizen of the Year by the West Virginia Bar Foundation. In 2000, he honored as the American Bar Association Practitioner of the Year, by the ABA's Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee. In 2001, he received the President's Award from the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

"The Law Works" is a weekly show discussing legal issues that effect daily life. The program's is to provide West Virginians with important information concerning the legal system from a national, regional and local perspective.

"The Law Works" is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting in cooperation with the West Virginia State Bar, the Mountain State Bar, The West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the West Virginia University College of Law.

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