WVAJ Mid-Winter Seminar
by Sarah K. Brown on February 16th, 2010
Last week, I attended the West Virginia Association for Justice Mid-Winter Seminar. The West Virginia Association for Justice represents plaintiffs attorneys and works to ensure that the legal system remains open and fair for West Virginians. The attorneys who comprise the WVAJ work to promote the rights and interests of consumers and employees against powerful corporate interests. I was inspired by the opportunity to meet with and learn from these advocates.
During the two-day seminar, I attended sessions on consumer rights litigation, medical malpractice, family law, protective orders, and successor liability. I also heard updates on the latest issues to face West Virginia trial courts, recent decisions from the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, and upcoming legislation from the West Virginia State Senate and House Judiciary committees.
Presenters included The Honorable Margaret Workman, Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, The Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, The Honorable Phillip M. Stowers, Judge of the West Virginia 29th Circuit Court, The Honorable Omar J. Aboulhosn, Judge of the West Virginia 9th Circuit Court, Senator Jeffrey V. Kessler, Chair of the West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee, and Delegate Timothy R. Miley, Chair of the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee.
WVAJ also hosted two receptions during the seminar: one for young lawyers at Vandalia Grille and another for members of the West Virginia Legislature at the Marriott. I enjoyed these opportunities to meet and mingle with other West Virginia attorneys and legislators.