- WV Supreme Court Justice Thomas McHugh and U. S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Robert King participated in the Constitution Day ceremonies.
On Friday, September 17, a Constitution Day ceremony was held at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston, as well as at various locations throughout the state. In Charleston, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Joseph Goodwin lead the event, which included his remarks about the recently deceased Senator Byrd, who formulated the Constitution Day federal legislation, a proclamation from Governor Joe Manchin, comments on the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government by Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, House Speaker Richard Thompson and Supreme Court Justice Thomas McHugh, respectively, the reading of the Bill of Rights by students and citizens and patriotic songs sung by the George Washington High School Chorus.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS-
On September 9, the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting at the law offices of Bowles, Rice, McDavid, Graff and Love in Charleston with participation from around the state by the diverse group of lawyers and members of the judiciary who serve as Board members. Action was taken on negotiations with the WV StateBar regarding the two buildings owned by the Bar Foundation and rented for use by the State Bar and the Lawyer Disciplinary Board/Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel, the approval of a revised balanced budget for the current 2010-2011 fiscal year, as well as reports from the Strategic Planning and Grants Committees.
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