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People’s Law School a success

March 28, 2012
By Joe Hoover - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong announced the successful completion of the second Randolph County People's Law School to the Randolph County Commission during the special meeting on Tuesday.

She said the People's Law School has continued to increase in popularity and outreach.

"We had a total of 177 people attend this year," she said.

Wilfong also mentioned the People's Law School has received a lot of praise as a result of its showcase in the West Virginia Lawyer magazine.

She said a lot of people expressed interest in modeling other law schools after Randolph County's because it was so successful.

"We think it is great that people are responding so positively," Wilfong said. "Our model is based on accomplished people's law schools. We think it would be great if others used our school as an example."

Randolph County Commission President Mike Taylor commended and thanked Wilfong for her work with the school.

He said it was "money well-spent to provide that type of forum for the public."

Both Taylor and Wilfong expressed gratitude for the 25 volunteer teachers from the Randolph County Bar Association who made the school possible.

"Lawyers tend to get a bad rap, but most of them do not deserve it," Wilfong said. "I think it's important that the community saw so many members of the Bar Association volunteering their time."

Also during Tuesday's meeting, the County Commission approved the North Central Community Corrections Program Grant Application, which was presented by Executive Director Travis Carter.

The grant request is for $431,866 and it will be used to continue to operate the NCCCP.

Carter said the program works in Randolph, Tucker and Pocahontas counties.

Taylor said it is evident that the NCCCP has saved a significant amount of money by lowering the expenditure of the regional jail.

"It also provides the community with considerable amount of volunteer work because participants work with local nonprofits. They are even responsible for mowing the grass around the courthouse," Taylor said.

Commissioner Chris See made a motion to approve the program's grant application and it carried unanimously.

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