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LAWS Program History


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Program History

The Supreme Court is proud to have educated over 5,600 students in 33 counties through LAWS since the program began in 1999.

Under the leadership of then-Chief Justice Robin Jean Davis, the Supreme Court developed the LAWS project in 1998. The Tenth Judicial Circuit (Raleigh County) hosted the first LAWS in March 1999 for 445 students in Beckley. Given the program’s success, the Supreme Court decided to hold LAWS in a different community each year.