Robin Davis

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Robin Davis
Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
In office
December 16, 1996 – August 13, 2018
Preceded by Franklin Cleckley
Succeeded by Evan Jenkins (Designate)
Personal details
Born (1956-04-06) April 6, 1956 (age 62)
Boone County, West Virginia, U.S.
Spouse(s) Scott Segal
Alma mater West Virginia Wesleyan College (BA)
West Virginia University (MA, JD)

Robin Jean Davis (born April 6, 1956[1]) is an American jurist who served on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. The West Virginia House Judiciary Committee named Davis in articles of impeachment in August 2018.[2] On August 14, 2018, she resigned rather than face trial on the impeachment, effective August 13, 2018.[3]

Early life[edit]

Davis was born in Boone County, West Virginia. She received a bachelor's degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1978, and master’s and law degrees from West Virginia University in 1982.[1]

Career[edit]

From 1982 until 1996, Davis practiced law in West Virginia, concentrating on employee benefits and domestic relations.[1] In 1996 she was elected to fill an unexpired term, and was re-elected to a full twelve-year term in 2000 and 2012; becoming the first woman re-elected to statewide office in West Virginia.[1] Davis served one year terms as Chief Justice in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2014.

Impeachment and Retirement[edit]

Following a series of controversies involving excessive spending, the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee voted to recommend impeachment for Davis and three other justices on August 7, 2018 "for maladministration, corruption, incompetency, neglect of duty, and certain high crimes and misdemeanors".[4]

After the articles of impeachment were approved by the full House of Delegates, Justice Davis announced her retirement from the Court, effective August 13, 2018. The timing allowed her seat to be filled through a special election rather than enabling Governor Jim Justice to appoint her successor in the event the West Virginia Senate removed her from office.[5]

Media attention[edit]

Davis is featured in Laurence Leamer's 2013 non-fiction book, The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption in Coal Country.[6] In December 2014, ABC News reported on controversies surrounding Robin Davis: her ties to attorney Michael Fuller, who helped her raise $37,000 for her campaign; and the sale of a Lear Jet by her husband Scott Segal. The investigation raises questions about conflicts of interest and ethical decisions made by the then-Chief Justice.[7]

Private life[edit]

Davis is married to Scott Segal. They have one son, Oliver.[1]

References[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Franklin Cleckley
Justice for the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
1996–2018
Succeeded by
Evan Jenkins
Designate