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Joyce McConnell

Executive Council

P.O. Box 6130, 101 Law center Drive
Room: 100E
Morgantown, WV 26507-6130

Phone: 304.293.3199
Fax: 304.293.8102
joyce.mcconnell@mail.wvu.edu

Dean McConnell joined the West Virginia University College of Law faculty in 1995, served two terms as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs under Dean Emeritus John Fisher and became the Dean in 2008. She teaches primarily in the area of property law, specifically first-year property, natural resources, and land-use planning. Dean McConnell is a nationally recognized scholar as well as a national and state leader. She is the Chair-Elect of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Natural Resources and an executive committee member of the Section on Dean for the Law School. She became an ABA Foundation Fellow in 2009. Recently, she was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Governor’s Judicial Reform Commission.

Dean McConnell earned her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center in Advocacy and started her academic career as a teaching fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Applied Legal Studies. After completing her fellowship, she joined the faculty of the City University of New York. After earning tenure, she spent one year at the University of Maryland School of Law as a visiting professor and then joined the West Virginia University College of Law, where she was promoted to full professor and became the Thomas R. Goodwin Professor of Law.

While a member of the faculty, Dean McConnell worked in partnership with others at West Virginia University, to obtain more than $1.5 million in grants from the Kellogg Foundation, the US Geological Survey and the USDA to provide service-learning opportunities to law students to assist low-income rural communities and their residents. She is active in land-use planning and conservation in West Virginia, was a founding member and President of the West Virginia Land Trust, and participated in training sessions around the state on farmland preservation and conservation easements. In 2010 the West Virginia Land Trust’s Special Places Award for her contributions to conservation in West Virginia.

In addition to this award, she was the Featured Alumna in Georgetown University Law Center’s Clinical Programs and Graduate Teaching Fellowships for 2007. She received the West Virginia Law Review Outstanding Faculty Contribution in 2003-04 and West Virginia Law Review Outstanding Faculty Contribution in 2006-07. For her service to women, West Virginia University awarded her the Mary Catherine Buswell Award for Outstanding service to further equality of opportunity for and achievement of women in 2001-02 and the West Virginia University College of Law awarded her the Women’s Law Caucus 1st Annual Women’s Award in 1998.

Publications

  • “Securing the Care of Children in Diverse Families: Building on Trends in Guardianship Reform,” 10 Yale J. L.& Feminism (1997)
  • Chapter 8: Reproductive Health, Women, and the Law, The Physician’s Perspective on Medical Law, Vol. I, coauthor Mark Gibson, edited by Howard H. Kaufman, M.D. and Jeff Lewin, J.D., American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1997)
  • Chapter 12C: Sexual Assault, The Physician’s Perspective on Medical Law, Vol. I, coauthor Mark Gibson, edited by Howard H. Kaufman, M.D. and Keff Lewin, J.D., American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1997)
  • Chapter 5: For Women’s Health: Uncoupling Tort Reform from Health Care Reform, Man Made Medicine: Women’s Health, Public Policy and Reform, edited by Kary Moss, Duke University Press (1996)
  • Bullet Editor, The Broder New York Tort Reporter: Case Summaries and Analysis, Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill (monthly publication 1989-1991)

Teaching/Administrative Experience

  • Faculty, West Virginia University College of Law (1995-present)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Maryland School of Law
  • Associate Professor, City University of New York School of Law
  • Teaching Fellow, Center for Applied Legal Studies, Georgetown University Law Center

Professional Background

  • Attorney-Advisor, Chief Judge and Division of Judges, National Labor Relations Board
  • Attorney-Advisor, Chief Judge and Division of Judges, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Member of Executive Committee of the Section on Women in Legal Education of the American Association of Law Schools
  • Vice President of the West Virginia Land Trust.

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