December 16, 2019

Video Cameras in Special Education Classrooms


Many of you probably heard the horrifying story out of Berkeley County from earlier this year in which a non-verbal special needs student was abused by her teachers, and it was discovered only because the mother suspected something not quite right was happening at school so she placed a recording device in her daughter’s hair.

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December 05, 2019

Teenagers in Foster Care


As has been reported repeatedly, West Virginia’s children are in a state of crisis. With over 7,000 children in state custody, the foster and kinship care system is being overwhelmed with the need for citizens to step up and fill in the gaps being left by the opioid epidemic.

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November 21, 2019

Educational Stability and Protections for Homeless Children Under the McKinney-Vento Act


With the rising number of children being raised by non-parent caregivers due to the increase in drug addiction and incarceration of biological parents, educational legal protections are more important now than ever for students. Unfortunately, these children experience educational instability and as a result need additional supports and services in place. These protections are outlined in the McKinney-Vento Act.

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November 14, 2019

The Family Drug Court Treatment Act


The Family Drug Court Treatment Act was passed by the West Virginia Legislature in March of 2019. This Act gives the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals the authority to implement Family Treatment Court pilot programs in four circuits.

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November 07, 2019

LAWV's Lawyer in the School Program


Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) is excited that our “Lawyer in the School” program is of great interest to other groups across the country, with many seeking to replicate the model.

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October 24, 2019

Transgender Discrimination at Planet Fitness in Morgantown


Robb Livingood, a former LAWV summer intern, who is now practicing law in Monongalia County, made news headlines this week due to his described encounter with transgender discrimination at Planet Fitness in Morgantown last week.

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October 18, 2019

Jobs and Hope Program


The Jobs and Hope Program has been created by the Governor and the West Virginia Legislature to help remove barriers to employment for West Virginians. The program has a focus on assisting individuals in recovery for substance use disorder, although Jobs and Hopes services are available to all West Virginians with a barrier to employment.

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October 10, 2019

Create Your Own “Mental Health Advance Directive”


An “advance directive” is a legal tool to assure that people follow your wishes at some point in the future when you are not present or not able to express your desires yourself.

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October 03, 2019

Tips on Active Shooter Situations

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Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10-15 minutes, (usually before law enforcement arrives) individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

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September 12, 2019

Reasonable Heating in the Winter

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Under West Virginia law, landlords are required to provide reasonable heating from October 1st to April 30th.

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