CHARLESTON – Supreme Court Clerk Rory Perry II has been named a West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow.
The West Virginia Bar Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the state legal profession, each year chooses lawyers and judges to become fellows whose “professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession.”
Perry is the 14th person to serve as Clerk of the Supreme Court since West Virginia was founded in 1863. He was named Clerk in July 2000.
Perry also is the current President of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks. The NCACC is made up of clerks in state and federal appellate courts across the country, including the Supreme Court of the United States. As President, Perry is responsible for a wide range of executive duties and will preside over the group's 40th annual conference, to be held in August in Seattle.
Perry has served as chairman of the NCACC’s website committee and previously served for two years on the executive committee. He also was asked to represent the NCACC on a standards development team for case management systems; he served as program chairman in 2008 for the annual education meeting in Pittsburgh; and he has spoken twice at the National Center for State Courts International Court Technology Conference.
Perry is a native of Huntington and also grew up in South Carolina and Georgia. He moved back to West Virginia in the 1980s and attended Marshall University, where he earned an English creative writing degree and spent his summers helping his uncle, Mike Perry, at the Heritage Farm Museum. He graduated from West Virginia University College of Law in 1994. Perry is married and has an adult son.