Elkins lawyer Steven Jory recently became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal association in America. He was inducted during the 2013 Spring Meeting of the College in Naples, Fla.
Founded in 1950, the college is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years of trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the college cannot exceed 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently 39 members in West Virginia and a total of 5,879 members in the United States and Canada. The college strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the college from all branches of trial practice. Jory has practiced law in Elkins for 44 years, including the last three decades with Harry Smith. In 2008, they merged their practice with the Clarksburg firm McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner.
He came to Elkins as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Robert E. Maxwell and later served as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia under President Jimmy Carter.
For 13 years, Jory served the West Virginia State Bar as a member and chairman of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board and its Investigative Panel. He has been honored as a West Virginia Bar Fellow, and by recognition for a number of years as a Super Lawyer.
Active in many civic endeavors, Jory has served as president of the Elkins YMCA and Elkins Rotary Club, and as a member of the Randolph County Development Authority and the Davis Health System Foundation board. He is also one of seven voting members on the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facilities Authority.