PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP
Several years ago, the WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors instituted the Public Service Scholarship for worthy students at the WVU College of Law. The tuition and fees stipend has been awarded to law students who express an interest and desire to be involved in public service activities during their legal career. Past recipients have held leadership positions in public service programs and activities during their years in law school and have gone on to positions as Law Clerks for Federal Court appellate judges and U.S. Bankruptcy Court judges, as well as important positions at Mountain State Justice, the statewide legal advocacy entity for low income citizens. Three years ago, the College of Law recommended that two first year law students receive equal portions of the Scholarship. Based upon their academic achievements and their public service work, the two students–Emily Neely and Hannah Vogt— have received the scholarship benefits as they have continued their law school studies. We are pleased to provide you with the following comments from Emily, who is pictured above. Hannah’s comments will be featured in an upcoming Bar Brief. “During my 2L summer, I learned a lot about plaintiff’s work at the law firm Frankovitch, Anetakis, Simon, DeCapio, and Pearl. My grandparents live near the firm’s Weirton office, so I was able to stay with them and help care for my grandfather for a few months which was wonderful. Over the summer I also connected with an attorney near my hometown, and she introduced me to collaborative practice and other alternative dispute resolution methods. Together, with a tremendous amount of help from Legal Aid of West Virginia, we developed a project to bring alternative dispute resolution processes to low-income West Virginians. After graduation, I hope to implement this project in Martinsburg, West Virginia where it would primarily benefit families affected by the opioid epidemic facing family law issues. So far in my third year at WVU Law, I have taken on the role of President for the Public Interest Advocates, the role of President for the Community Service Council, and the role of Vice President for the WV Fund for Law in the Public Interest. Our fundraising for the Public Interest Advocates has been going well with the success of our lawn chair sale, pet calendar competition and sale, and our new Halloween-themed scavenger hunt activity for the law students. However, most of our fundraising comes from donations to the WV Fund for Law in the Public Interest and our annual Public Interest Advocates auction, so we are hoping for great success with those efforts this year!” The Bar Foundation congratulates Emily for her public service leadership activities and for being awarded her Public Service Scholarship for the third year. She is to be commended for her commitment to serve other West Virginians during their time of need.
Giving Tuesday is December 1. Giving Tuesday is the internationally recognized day for everyone to support their favorite charitable organizations. There are three reasons for YOU to consider giving a tax deductible donation to support the Bar Foundation’s Justice Fund: 1. Your money will be used solely to make grants to worthwhile WV organizations to improve the administration of justice; such as law student scholarships, law student clinics, child abuse and neglect prevention (including cases involving the opioid crisis), public education, legal services for low income citizens and the Judicial & Lawyer Assistance Program (WVJLAP). 2. Your generosity has enabled approximately $500,000 to be distributed in grants and commitments which have benefitted men, women and children in every county in the State. 3. It’s easy–Secure PayPal online donation–wvbarfound.org–or by check-WV Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364. Please make YOUR contribution on Giving Tuesday, December 1. THANK YOU!
The Bar Foundation and its Board of Directors wish your family and you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Even during this extraordinary virus pandemic, each of us has many reasons to be thankful. Take time on Thanksgiving Day—and on every day—to remember, consider and give thanks for our family, for our friends and for our desire to live every day to its fullest.