Chief Justice Says Thanks to Participants

Editor, News-Register:

I had the distinct honor of bringing the Legal Advancement for West Virginia Students (“LAWS”) program to Ohio County on September 6. This program allows the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia to partner with local lawyers, teachers, and community leaders to educate West Virginia students about the judicial branch of government.

After much preparation, including studying the briefs that were filed in the cases and meeting with local lawyers, students from Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling Central Catholic, Linsly School, and homeschoolers attended the Supreme Court’s argument docket at Independence Hall in Wheeling. The students heard oral arguments presented by lawyers in actual cases on appeal to the Court. It was particularly rewarding to spend time with these students, who had clearly worked very hard in anticipation of attending the Court’s arguments. I was especially impressed by the students’ attentiveness and insightful questions, which instilled in me a renewed hope for our state given the competency and work ethic of these leaders of tomorrow.

In closing, I want to extend a personal “thank you” to our local judges, educators, attorneys, county and city officials, and other community members who worked tirelessly to make the Court’s program a tremendous success. Your considerate and welcoming hospitality was sincerely appreciated by the entire Court.

Allen H. Loughry II

Chief Justice

West Virginia Supreme Court