The Honorable Robin Jean Davis Set to Speak at Homecoming Founders Day Convocation
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
The Honorable Robin Jean Davis ’78, justice of the Supreme Court, will provide the keynote address during West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Homecoming 2013 Founders Day Convocation, where she will also receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree and be hooded by President Pam Balch ’71. This annual ceremony honors the founders of the College during the institution’s Homecoming festivities.
Justice Davis, a Boone County native, received her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1978 and her master’s degree and law degree from West Virginia University in 1982. From 1982 until 1996, Justice Davis worked at Segal and Davis, L.C., a six-person law firm where she concentrated in the field of employee benefits and domestic relations. In 1993, she became the first lawyer in West Virginia to be inducted into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
In 1991, Justice Davis was appointed by the West Virginia state Supreme Court of Appeals to the West Virginia Board of Law Examiners, on which she served until her election to the West Virginia state Supreme Court in 1996. She served as Chief Justice in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, and 2010. Under her leadership as Chief Justice in 2010, the Court approved Revised Rules of Appellate Procedure, which modernize and comprehensively change the appellate process in West Virginia to provide a decision on the merits in every case. The Court also approved new Rules of Juvenile Procedure in 2010 under Justice Davis’ appointment.
Justice Davis is currently the West Virginia state Supreme Court’s designee to the Judiciary’s Initiative on Truancy and has held more than a dozen public meetings to encourage collaborate community truancy programs. In her previous work, she initiated a number of programs that have proven to be vital to the Court’s continuing work with children and families including the Workers’ Compensation Mediation Program, the expansion of parent education programs, Rules on Mass Litigation, the expansion of courtroom technology, the creation of the West Virginia Trial Court Rules, the establishment of an online child Abuse and Neglect database, and additions to legal rules governing child abuse and neglect proceedings.
In 2000, Justice Davis received the Distinguished West Virginian Award from then-Governor Cecil H. Underwood. In 2008, she received the Graduate of Distinction Award from the West Virginia Education Alliance. She is also the author of several West Virginia Law Review articles, including “A Tribute to Franklin D. Cleckley: A Compendium of Essential Legal Principles from his Opinions as a Justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals;” “A Tribute to Thomas E. McHugh: An Encyclopedia of Legal Principles from his Opinions as a Justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals;” and “An Analysis of the Development of Admitting Expert Testimony in Federal Courts and the Impact of that Development on West Virginia Jurisprudence.”
Justice Davis is married to Scott Segal, with whom she has one son, Oliver.
For a complete list of Homecoming 2013 activities, please visit www.wvwc.edu/alumni/homecoming.