Monday, April 14, 2014

Chris and Brittany Fortier visit ASL for Janie Castle’s Career Service Speaker Series


Chris Fortier visited ASL April, 7th 2014, to speak about networking, and his career with the federal government as an attorney advisor for the Social Security Administration in D.C. Chris was the 2013 recipient of the Virginia State Bar R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award. His wife, alumna Brittany Fortier, spoke afterwards to interested students regarding health care law.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ASL Hosts Distinguished Alumni & Practitioners Panel

The annual Distinguished Alumni & Practitioners Panel was presented at ASL in connection with its first-year externship program.  The panelist included (from left to right) Professor Derrick Howard, Director of ASL's Externship Program; the Honorable Deanis Simmons of the 28th Circuit Court of the Commonwealth of Virginia; James Leffler, Executive Director of Lawyers Helping Lawyers; Alumni Blair Wood (Valedictorian Class of 2010) Attorney at the Creekmore Law Firm; and Alumni Gary Holland (Class of 2007) Of Counsel at Steptoe & Johnson. 

These highly accomplished individuals shared with first-year students the panelists' unique insights into achieving an educational and successful externship this summer.


ASL Energy Law Moot Court Team Make Semifinals at West Virginia Energy Law Competition

The ASL community can be so very proud of the teams they sent to the West Virginia Energy Law Competition – 2Ls Greg Norris and Catherine Houlihan, and 2Ls David Rivard and Pedro Gonzalez. They all received high praise, and represented ASL ...with both class and substance. In addition, the Norris/Houlihan team advanced to the semifinals where they were eliminated by eventual champion Duquesne. Mr. Norris was also recognized as one of the top 10 oralists for the preliminary rounds. And, perhaps most impressively, that team won the Best Brief award, which earned them a nice plaque which they say we can put in the ASL trophy case.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Amanda Kash and Amanda Coop will be representing ASL at the Wagner Labor and Employment Law National Competition in NYC

3L students Amanda Kash and Amanda Coop will be representing ASL at the Wagner Labor and Employment Law national competition this week in Manhattan.  46 law schools will be represented at the competition.  The problem involves whether interns should be compensated for their work.  Amanda Coop will discuss whether interns should actually be classified as employees and thus should be compensated for their services rendered, and Amanda Kash will discuss whether the interns should be allowed to come together to form a class and/or collective action.  There is no doubt they will do an outstanding job!  Special acknowledgment also goes out to assistant coaches Nick Kalagian, Jason Morgan and Professor Kendall Isaac.

Dr. Michael E. Karmis, From Virginia Tech, Kicks Off the Inaugural Sutin Endowed Lecture Series at ASL

The Appalachian School of Law welcomed Dr. Michael E. Karmis from Virginia Tech for the inaugural Sutin Endowed Lecture yesterday, March 18, 2014.  Dr. Karmis is an internationally renowned scholar and the Director of the Virginia Center for Coal & Energy Research at Virginia Tech.  He is an expert on, among other things, sustainable development of mineral and energy resources and carbon sequestration.  He has authored and co-authored over 160 scientific papers and has directed 60 major research projects funded by federal and state agencies, foundations and private companies.  The title of his lecture is: Clean Coal-Dirty Coal: The Current Status of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage and the Role of Unconventional Reservoirs. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Appalachian School of Law Career Services Department welcomes West Virginia Delegate Justin Marcum to campus

The Appalachian School of Law Career Services Department welcomed West Virginia Delegate Justin Marcum to campus on Monday, March 17th to speak to students regarding studying for the bar exam and his career as an attorney and legislator.  Delegate Marcum is a 2011 graduate of Appalachian School of Law, having also received a Bachelor’s in Economics and Finance from Marshall University.  Following his graduation from law school, Delegate Marcum took a position as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Mingo County, West Virginia, a position he still holds.  He also opened his own solo practice in 2012. 

Delegate Marcum represents the 20th District of West Virginia, comprised of portions of Logan and Mingo counties.  He serves on various committees in the House of Delegates, including the Energy, Judiciary, and Roads and Transportations committees. He is the Vice-Chair of the Rule-Making Review Committee. 

Having worked as an underground coal miner prior to attending law school, Delegate Marcum prides himself on serving as an advocate for West Virginia coal miners in the legislature.  Delegate Marcum urged ASL students to develop good character, be disciplined in their bar studies, and develop connections with potential employers early in their law school careers.

The Appalachian School of Law Career Services Department host Virginia Delegate Terry Kilgore and attorney Frank Kilgore

The Appalachian School of Law Career Services Department was pleased to host Virginia Delegate Terry Kilgore and attorney Frank Kilgore on Tuesday, March 11th. Delegate Kilgore and Attorney Kilgore addressed students regarding lobbying for legislation as young attorneys. 

Attorney Frank Kilgore spoke regarding his experience lobbying for legislation to benefit southwest Virginia, including his experience garnering bipartisan support for various bills.  Attorney Kilgore urged students to seek out internships, working unpaid if necessary, to develop connections for potential post-graduate employment. Frank Kilgore has a solo practice in St. Paul, Virginia.  He is the founder of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy and a long-time friend of ASL.

Delegate Kilgore spoke primarily regarding his career as a legislator, having served as a delegate for more than 20 years.  Delegate Kilgore also entertained questions from the audience regarding proposed legislation in southwest Virginia, as well as what characteristics he believes are effective for lobbyists. Delegate Terry Kilgore represents the 1st District of Virginia, including Lee, Scott, and portions of Wise and Washington counties. He is the Chair of the Commerce and Labor Committee, and a member of the Courts of Justice and Rules committees.  Delegate Kilgore also serves as the Director of Institutional Development at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy.