Serving West Virginia

WVAJ Mid-​​Winter Seminar

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.