West Virginia Law Review

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West Virginia Law Review  
2013 masthead
Former names
The West Virginia Bar (1894–1901), The Bar (1902-1917), West Virginia Law Quarterly and The Bar (1917–1949), The West Virginia Law Review (1950–present)
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
W. Va. L. Rev.
Discipline Law
Language English
Edited by Benjamin Wilson
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Triannually
ISSN 0043-3268
LCCN 12004974
OCLC no. 01769680

The West Virginia Law Review (Bluebook abbreviation: W. Va. L. Rev.) is a triannual student-run law review of the West Virginia University College of Law. It was established in 1894 and is the fourth oldest law review in the United States.[1] The current editor-in-chief is Benjamin J. Wilson.

Vol. 119 Editorial Board:

  • Editor-in-Chief: Benjamin J. Wilson
  • Senior Managing Editor: C.J. Reid
  • Executive Notes Editor: Eleanor Hurney
  • Executive Research Editors: Elizabeth Lake, Katie Marcum, Joshua Wiseman
  • Executive Articles Selection & Symposium Editors: Charles Russell, Jennifer W. Winkler
  • Executive Publications Editor: Allisyn E. Monteleone
  • Senior Editors: Kylie Barnhart, Jennifer Bauer, Jordan Damron, Kelsey Haught, Margaret Power, Carl Shaffer, Esha R. Sharma

Volume 119 Associate Editors: Victoria Bittorf, Jackson Butler, Jodi Durham, Alexander Frampton, Trinity Gray, Brandon Hartman, Steven Hunchuck, Joshua Lanham, William Lorensen, Christopher Maidona, Jodi Mileto, Jaden Rhea, Michelle Schaller, Alexandra Smith, Lauren Snyder, Elizabeth Stryker, Rebecca Trump, Morgan Villers, Ronald Walters, Zachary Warder, and Shane Young.


The West Virginia Law Review underwent several name changes. It was established in 1894 as The West Virginia Bar by West Virginia University professor William P. Willey.[2][3] The name was changed to The Bar in 1902. It was again changed in 1917 to the West Virginia Law Quarterly and The Bar and remained so until 1950 when it obtained its current title. As Willey was a prominent and active member of the West Virginia Bar Association, the early years of The Bar were closely associated it. The Bar was at first funded by advertisements and subscriptions, and published monthly issues. Willey served as the editor-in-charge from 1894 until he retired in 1917.[4] He began using the assistance of student editors in 1915.

In 1917, a faculty board took over the administration of the journal but increased the involvement of student editors by forming a Student Board of Editors in 1920. In 1951, Emanuel Magnuson became the first student editor-in-chief.[5] Since then the law review has been run entirely by student editors. From 1979 to 2003 the West Virginia Law Review issued an annual National Coal Issue devoted to coal law and policy.*

In May 2013, the West Virginia Law Review introduced its Inaugural Energy Issue in Volume 115-Issue 3.[6]

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  1. ^ Hicks, Fredrick (1942). Materials and Methods of Legal Research. Rochester N.Y.: The Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company. p. 207. 
  2. ^ Ambler, B.M. (1917). "William P. Willey—An Appreciation". West Virginia Law Quarterly and The Bar. 25: 1. 
  3. ^ "William P. Willey's April1861 Letters". 
  4. ^ Ambler, B.M. (1917). "William P. Willey—An Appreciation". West Virginia Law Quarterly and The Bar. 25: 1. 
  5. ^ "West Virginia Law Review About Us". 
  6. ^ "West Virginia Law Review Inaugural Energy Issue". 

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