WVU College of Law Seal

West Virginia Law Review Online

As the only law review in our state, the  West Virginia Law Review takes seriously its obligation to serve both academia and our state’s legal community. We serve those interests by publishing articles that are nationally relevant along with articles that address issues in West Virginia. Historically, this  Law Review has published special issues such as the National Coal Issue and the Energy and Sustainability Issue, reflecting the unquestioned importance of those areas of law to our state. However, we recognize that our state’s legal community is well-served by academic analysis of all areas of law. We also recognize that research specific to West Virginia can be difficult to find through major commercial avenues. Launched by Volume 117, the West Virginia Law Review is proud to publish the  West Virginia Law Review Online.

Justice Diseased Is Justice Denied: Coronavirus, Court Closures, and Criminal Trials

On December 31, 2019, health authorities in Wuhan, China, confirmed that an unidentified pathogen was the likely cause of twenty-seven recent cases of pneumonia identified across the region.[1] Just a week later, internal and external pressures forced Chinese authorities to announce the discovery of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan.[2] Despite efforts at containment, the virus jumped from Wuhan to countries across the globe in the following months.[3] By January 21, 2020, the United States had confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus in Washington state.[4] The virus spread rapidly across the continent, resulting in thousands of infections and hundreds of fatalities before the end of March.[5] Federal, state, and local governments responded with varying degrees of efficiency and efficacy, generally stressing the value of “social distancing” in slowing the spread of the disease to afford hospitals precious time to respond to new cases.[6] Private and public institutions largely shuttered, with universities sending students home to their parents and restaurants switching to takeout-only models.[7] Medium-to-large gatherings of any sort were discouraged or banned,[8] and some grocery store shelves were left empty.[9]

Read Full Article

Submission Criteria

The West Virginia Law Review Online also invites the submission of unsolicited manuscripts from both practitioners and academics to be considered for publication. The  West Virginia Law Review Online welcomes articles, essays, and book reviews concerning legal issues that are particularly relevant to the state of West Virginia and its surrounding region. 

Submissions for the Law Review Online should be limited to 5,000 words or less including footnotes. 

The Law Review Online accepts submissions either electronically or in hard copy form. Electronic submissions should be sent in Microsoft Word format to the West Virginia Law Review at:


Back to Top
Back to Top