LUNCH AND LAUGHS WITH A LEGAL LEGEND
The Bar Foundation’s first “Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend” was held on October 7, 2011, in Morgantown and was an overwhelming success. With almost 150 persons in attendance, the “friendly roast” of West Virginia University President Emeritus and College of Law Professor David C. Hardesty, Jr. generated just over $25,000 for WVU Law School student scholarships and Bar Foundation grants to improve the administration of justice in the state.
The lawyers, judges, WVU officials, business leaders and members of the general public in attendance were treated to humorous stories, photographs and jokes about Professor Hardesty, after which the Professor had the opportunity to respond in kind. The food and the facilities at the Erickson Alumni Center received great praise.
As advertised, it was a Good Time for a Good Cause!
LUNCH AND LAUGHS SPONSORS
The Lunch and Laughs program received outstanding support and participation by a diverse group of lawyers, law offices, businesses, individuals and organizations. These entities demonstrated their commitment to philanthropic activities, including providing the opportunity for numerous WVU Law School students to attend this excellent endeavor.
The Sponsors, who are to be commended for their good work, are:
J. F. ALLEN COMPANY
BOWLES, RICE, MCDAVID, GRAFF AND LOVE
McNEER, HIGHLAND, McMUNN AND VARNER
STEPTOE AND JOHNSON
WATERFRONT PLACE HOTEL
STEVEN F. WHITE, ESQ.
WV BAR FOUNDATION
WVU PRESIDENT’S OFFICE
WVU COLLEGE OF LAW
JOANNE AND HANK BARNETTE, ESQ.
JUDY AND ROB FISHER, ESQ.
LUNCH AND LAUGHS ROASTERS
The Roasters for the Lunch and Laughs event on October 7 provided the perfect mix of laugh out loud jokes, humorous stories and funny personal anecdotes involving the honored “roastee”, Professor David Hardesty. U.S. District Court Judge Irene Keeley talked about the Professor’s early years in Shinnston, WVU Law School Professor and former Dean John Fisher related the origins of the Hardesty family and Charleston attorney Tom Heywood showed photos from throughout the Professor’s professional career.
Professor Hardesty responded by suggesting that the roasters should be considered as honored roastees in the future and that he would be more than pleased to serve as a roaster at those events.
Bar Foundation President Joe Long (Bluefield) gave welcoming remarks at the beginning of the lunch.
With his well known quick wit, Law School Professor Emeritus Forest “Jack” Bowman served as a superb Master of Ceremonies.