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West Virginia Law Review symposium to explore range of Appalachian issues

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An upcoming symposium at the WVU College of Law, hosted by the West Virginia Law Review, will explore a wide range of challenges that face Appalachia. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

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More than 80 national and regional experts will address issues that affect those who live Appalachia every day including: health care; veterans; oil, gas and coal; civil rights; broadband expansion; economic development; criminal justice and educational and legal reform at a symposium to be held at the West Virginia University College of Law later this month.

The Appalachian Justice System Symposium, a two-day event hosted by the West Virginia Law Review, begins Feb. 23 and continues through Feb. 24, beginning at 9 a.m. each day. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

“Our goal is to identify innovative solutions to the challenges faced by our region,” said Rebecca Trump, editor-in-chief of the West Virginia Law Review. “This is a gathering of thought leaders from a variety of disciplines who are interested in collaborating on practical solutions that will move Appalachia forward.”

Senate President Mitch Carmichael and Speaker of the House Tim Armstead will be joined by Sen. Charles S. Trump and Del. John Shott for “West Virginia Legislative Goals.”

Law professors from Baylor, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Montana, UCLA, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and WVU are also participating in the Appalachian Justice Symposium.

Other panels include experts from federal and state agencies, higher education, public interest and nonprofit organizations, law firms, corporations, media, and the judiciary.

Conference participants will hear from keynote speaker Lisa R. Pruitt of the University of California Davis School of Law. John Deskins of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University and the Honorable Michael J. Aloi, U.S. Magistrate Judge, are featured speakers. For more information on the Appalachian Justice Symposium, visit



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