4 Apr

John P. Blanc

Matthew | April 4th, 2014
John P. Blanc, a recent Law Review alumnus, passed away this week. The West Virginia Law Review sends its thoughts and prayers to both the family and the friends to this outstanding former member. We are saddened by his recent passing. He touched the lives of many current editors, and his loss comes as shock. We hope nothing but the best for his family and friends. Below is a short biography, along with a link to his student note, A Total Eclipse of Human Rights—-Illustrated by Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc.

Born March 24, 1981, in Ranson, John was the son of Patrick and Linda Blanc. He was a 1999 graduate of Jefferson High School. John worked in banking and customer services industries before receiving his RBA from Shepherd University in 2008. He then continued his education at the West Virginia University College of Law, graduating in 2012. John served as editor for the West Virginia Law Review and as a constitutional law Dean’s Fellow in the Academic Excellence Program at the College of Law for his second and third years. He joined the Shuman, McCuskey and Slicer Law Firm in Morgantown, working at both their Morgantown and Charleston offices.

8 Feb

Law Review Symposium 2014

Matthew | February 8th, 2014

The West Virginia Law Review will host its annual symposium on February 13, 2014. This year’s symposium, Prescription Drug Abuse: The Law’s Struggle to Address an Epidemic, will focus on prescription drug abuse and its impact.

The West Virginia Law Review encourages all students, alumni, practioners, and members of the community to attend. The event will begin at 10:00 AM in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the College of Law.

20 Jan

A New Year Brings a New Look

Matthew | January 20th, 2014

Issues One and Two of Volume 116 of the West Virginia Law Review are here.

Volume 116 has brought a change to the look of the West Virginia Law Review, but the quality of the journal has remained. Over the last 120 years, the West Virginia Law Review has been at the forefront of legal scholarship. While the look may have changed, the editors remain dedicated to the continued success of the fourth oldest law review in the country.

More exciting news is yet to come!

14 Nov

Exciting Times Ahead

Matthew | November 14th, 2013

As the Fall 2013 semester comes to an end, the West Virginia Law Review is in full swing.

Issue 1 is out for publication!

Issue 2 is being finalized this week!

The Executive Board of Volume 116 wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Associate Editors, Senior Editors, faculty, and staff for all of their efforts over these past few months. We have known all along that we have a fantastic group of people working on the West Virginia Law Review, and we are proud that all of that work will soon be shown off!

More updates will be coming soon!

28 Jul

Volume 116 is proud to announce the newest members of the West Virginia Law Review!

On behalf of Executive Board and the Senior Editors, we congratulate the new Associate Editors and look forward to the coming year.

Associate Editors
William Burner   Hood Dawson   Jared Dotson
Jason Holliday   Grace Hurney   Andrew Isabell
Kate Lacy   Stephanie Mascella   Katherine Moore
Cody Murphey   Nicholas Parker   John Pizzo
Michael Spooner   David Stone   Ralph Surman
Amanda Tomblyn   Jason Turner   Devon Unger
Whitney Wangel       Stephanie Zwerner
8 Jul

Michael Bush’s article, From the Great Depression to the Great Recession: (Non-)Lawyers Practicing Law was recently featured in two academic blogs. Michael served as an Executive Editor for Articles Selection & Symposium on Volume 115 of the West Virginia Law Review.

On behalf of all of Volume 116, we congratulate Mr. Bush on this recognition and thank him for his continued support of the West Virginia Law Review.

Now get back to studying for that bar exam, Michael!

To view the academic blogs please visit:

Legal Ethics Forum

Legal History Blog

For more information on Michael’s article and all of Volume 115, Issue 3, click here.

21 Jun

Call for Submissions

Matthew | June 21st, 2013

West Virginia Law Review

Volume 116

Second Annual Energy Edition


Volume 116 of the West Virginia Law Review will be publishing the second-annual Energy and Sustainability Issue. This annual energy issue is an excellent opportunity for practicing attorneys and scholars to join together in a discussion about energy law.

The editors of the West Virginia Law Review are looking for articles discussing a range of environmental, natural resource, energy, and policy topics. Articles may address any state, national, or international issues relating to the theme of Energy Production and Consumption and the law. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

* Energy Exports and Imports

* Federal Land Managers/Public Land Management

* Energy Tax Credits

* Permitting and Siting

* State and Federal Energy Regulations

* Fracking

* Practical approaches, inter-agency/Local-State-Federal Co-operation

* Transboundary Issues


Anyone interested in writing an article for this issue should submit a 1000-word proposal describing the article’s specific topic, including why the topic is important and how the article will relate to the theme of the issue. The proposal should include full contact information and indicate the author’s professional employment, position, or affiliation. The editors seek articles covering a diverse range of topics written by a diverse range of authors.


Article selection will be made by early August. Article drafts are due by: October 1, 2013.


Editor-in-Chief: Imad S. Matini at

Senior Managing Editor: Alan J. Wilson at

26 Apr

Celebrations at the Law Review Banquet

Michael Nissim-Sabat | April 26th, 2013

The West Virginia Law Review Vol. 115 held its annual banquet on April 18, 2013, celebrating another successful year. In addition, the Law Review recognized the following individuals for their contributions:

  • Ralph J. Bean Award for Significant Contribution to the West Virginia Law Review: Gerald G. Ashdown, for his service as Faculty Advisor to the West Virginia Law Review from 1992-2012
  • 2013 William P. Willey Alumni Award for Excellence: Hon. Thomas E. McHugh (Vols. 65, 66)
  • 2013 John W. Fisher II Faculty Member of the Year: Anne Marie Lofaso
  • 2013 Staff Member of the Year: Stacey Etheredge
  • “Superman” Award for Excellence: Dallas F. Kratzer III
  • Associate Editor of the Year: Ian G. Henry
  • Best Student Note: Ian G. Henry
  • Senior Editors of the Year: Jeff Kaiser, Liz LaFayette
  • Executive Editor of the Year: Michael Nissim-Sabat
2 Apr

West Virginia Law Review Students to Publish in Volume 116

Michael Nissim-Sabat | April 2nd, 2013

The West Virginia Law Review would like to announce the Student Notes that have been selected for publication in Volume 116 of the West Virginia Law Review. As part of Law Review membership, all first-year editors are required to write a student Note, and the top Notes are selected for publication based upon an overall score. Congratulations to the following students for this accomplishment. Selection for Best Note will be announced at the Annual Law Review Banquet on April 18. Look forward to their articles in 2013-2014.

Ian G. Henry: The MPAA: A Script for an Antitrust Production

Justin Kearns: Let’s Do It Together: Collaboration Across Communities is Critical to the Success of Rural Accountable Care Organizations Under Medicare’s Shared Savings Program

Candice M. Kines: Aiding the Enemy or Promoting Democracy? Defining the Rights of Journalists and Whistleblowers to Disclose National Security Information

Alyssa Lechmanik: The Battle over the Embryo: How West Virginia Law Should Define the Embryo and Regulate Embryo Adoption

Greg Siepel: The Wrong Kind of Innocence: Why United States v. Begay Warrants the Extension of “Actual Innocence” to Include Erroneous, Non-Capital Sentences

Walton C. Shepherd: Would You Like Fries with That? Staying “Open for Business” in a Tourism-Based, Post-Coal Economy

Alan J. Wilson: Regulating Away the Community Bank: An Analysis of the Costs of Current Regulations on Community Banks

Congratulations to all these students for their hard work!