- Receiving a WV Bar Foundation grant for “The Law Works” legal education program from President John Tinney, on the right, are Bill Acker, Director of Broadcasting and Technology at WV Public Broadcasting, and Dan Ringer, the Producer and Host of the program.
WV BAR FOUNDATION GRANT-
The West Virginia Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has provided a grant to “The Law Works” legal education program on WV Public Broadcasting. This excellent public affairs TV program is in its second decade of helping citizens understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. Hosted by Bar Foundation Fellow Dan Ringer of Morgantown, lawyers, judges and leading officials share their expertise and insight on legal issues and topics. Bill Acker, Director of Broadcasting and Technology at WV Public Broadcasting, stated that the generous Bar Foundation grant “will play a major role in continuing production of this valuable local program that educates viewers about the legal system in West Virginia.” In the past three years, more than $85,000 in Bar Foundation grants have been distributed to worthwhile activities in the state.
TOP 100 FOR WVU COLLEGE OF LAW-
West Virginia University College of Law has broken into the top echelon of American law schools. The 2010 U.S. News & World Report (USN&WR) rankings place the WVU College of Law in the top 100 law schools in the country. This list includes 46 law schools at state institutions of higher education, and the WVU College of Law shares a ranking with two other state law schools, the University of Missouri and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The USN&WR uses many factors to evaluate law schools: peer assessments by deans, faculty and judges; LSAT scores; average undergraduate GPA of enrolled students; employment rates; and state bar passage rates. WVU College of Law Dean, Joyce E. McConnell, reflects, “It is great to see the quality legal education provided by the College of Law recognized nationally.” In addition, “This achievement comes from faculty, students, staff, alumni, donors, and University and state leaders working together. This is a collaborative success based on exceptional commitment and dedication to the College of Law,” says Dean McConnell. “The efforts of our alumni and of past and present University leaders have been critical to our success.” Dean McConnell notes that this is “the first step on a longer journey. We cannot and will not rest on our laurels. There is more to accomplish.” Focusing on the future, Dean McConnell envisions the College of Law continuing to actively recruit highly qualified, diverse students and faculty. Plans are under way to expand the WVU Law Center to provide 21st Century academic and clinical facilities, including state-of-the-art courtrooms, classrooms, and clinical suites to better serve clients and West Virginia.
BAR FOUNDATION ANNUAL MEETING-
The West Virginia Bar Foundation and its Board of Directors wish to announce its Annual Meeting that will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at 1:30 PM at the State Bar Center in Charleston, WV. The agenda for the meeting includes the reading of the Minutes of the 2009 Annual Meeting, the activities of the Bar Foundation, the financial report, the Nominating Committee report and Other Business. The Nominating Committee report will consist of the election of the following persons to serve three year terms as members of the Board of Directors:
Barbara H. Allen-Charleston
The Honorable John P. Bailey-Wheeling
Thomas V. Flaherty-Charleston
Ancil G. Ramey-Charleston
Steven F. White-Charleston