The Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that its Public Service Scholarship has been equally divided between two outstanding first year students at the WVU College of Law, both of whom are from right here in West Virginia.
Pictured above are Emily Neely, and below Emily, is Hannah Vogt.
James Jolly, the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Law School provided us with the following information about these two exemplary individuals.

Emily Neely
Emily’s passion for the law grew out of her experience as an undergraduate summer volunteer for Legal Aid of West Virginia in Martinsburg. There, she says, she was exposed “to the difficulties and rewards of a legal career in public service. Many clients expressed to me their highly challenging or delicate situations, and in many cases, they felt they had no hope.” By her second summer of volunteering for Legal Aid, Emily decided to focus her law career in Berkeley County. At WVU Law, she is working towards a dual degree J.D. and Master’s in Public Administration. Emily earned her BA in Political Science and Philosophy in 2018 from WVU as a Presidential Honors Scholar. She is from Gerrardstown, WV

Hannah Vogt
Hannah is drawn to public interest law because of what she has witnessed while working as a legal intern for Allison Taylor Law in Fayette and Nicholas counties. In her scholarship application, Hannah wrote “I am fully committed to defending the rights of my future clients while working diligently to assist our legislators in understanding and allocating resources to effectively address the root of the many challenges our state faces.” Hannah has worked as a Whitewater Rafting Guide and a Ski Patroller. She is a licensed substitute teacher in Fayette County and certified as an Outdoor Emergency Care Technician and a Swiftwater Rescue Technician. Hannah earned her BS in Animal and Nutritional Science from WVU in 2013. She is from Fayetteville, WV.

For the past seven years, the Public Service Scholarship has been awarded to WVLaw students who have an interest in public service legal work and demonstrate a commitment in that area of the law. For this current academic year, College of Law Dean Greg Bowman, a Bar Foundation Fellow, recommended that the full scholarship be divided between two worthy students.
We wish the very best to Emily and Hannah as they pursue their law degrees.
We thank YOU for your support which enables these scholarship grants to be made to improve the administration of justice in WV!

The WV Bar Foundation expresses its deep sorrow with the passing of Judge Arthur Recht (Wheeling) on October 28, 2018.
Judge Recht was an extraordinary member of the legal profession and admirably served the State with two separate tenures as a Circuit Court Judge in the Northern Panhandle and an appointed term on the WV Supreme Court of Appeals.
Judge Recht was held in the highest esteem as a successful lawyer and was an acknowledged leader during the years that he served on the Lawyer Disciplinary Board, including his time as the Chairperson.
In the mid-1980’s, he gained statewide and national renown for his far reaching decision in a public education case, universally referred to as the “Recht Decision”, wherein he set the guidelines for a thorough and efficient system for public education.
Judge Recht was a Bar Foundation Fellow.
All honor to his name.
The WV Bar Foundation and its Board of Directors wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family–have a wonderful time together on Thanksgiving Day, November 22!

The WV Bar Foundation and its Board of Directors hopes that you will make a donation on Giving Tuesday, November 27!
After Black Friday (November 23) and Cyber Monday (November 26), Giving Tuesday is the internationally recognized date to make contributions to charitable organizations.
In 2017, Giving Tuesday results were as follows:

$300 million raised online.
2.5 million total gifts.
$120.40 mean gift size.

Every dollar you contribute to the WV Bar Foundation’s Justice Fund is tax deductible and is used solely to make grants to WV charitable organizations which work to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to the state’s men, women and children.
It’s easy—- Do it online by using your credit/debit card, through the simple PayPal donation process on the Bar Foundation’s website—
Or donations can be made by check to the WV Bar Foundation Justice Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.
We Need YOU!