Marjorie Anne McDiarmid is renowned for her expertise, which spans across the areas of evidence law, trial advocacy and clinical law.
MORGANTOWN, WV, June 26, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marjorie Anne McDiarmid has been inducted into Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Having accrued 50 years of experience in law and education, Ms. McDiarmid is renowned for her expertise, which spans across the areas of evidence law, trial advocacy and clinical law. Before entering the realm of teaching, she practiced law for more than 15 years, admirably performing both civil and criminal work. Ms. McDiarmid received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Rochester in 1967, a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Columbia University Law School in 1970 and a Master of Laws from the Harvard University School of Law in 1974.
In 1986, Ms. McDiarmid joined the faculty of the West Virginia University College of Law, where she now notably directs the Clinical Law Program and teaches evidence and trial practice as the Steptoe and Johnson Professor of Law and Technology and a university research integrity officer since 2002 and 2005, respectively. Teaching since 1986, she has also previously served as the associate dean for Academic Affairs from 2008 to 2009 and from 1994 to 1999. Moreover, Ms. McDiarmid found success as the regional director of the Northern Virginia Office of the Legal Service Corporation from 1980 to 1985 and the deputy regional director of the Seattle Office from 1978 to 1980.
Prior to her tenure at the West Virginia University College of Law, Ms. McDiarmid initially commenced her career as a deputy consumer advocate for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs between 1970 and 1972. She contributed over the next two years as a teaching fellow of the clinical program at Harvard University's School of Law, and joined the Public Defender Association of Seattle in King County within the Misdemeanor Division as a staff attorney in 1974. In 1975, Ms. McDiarmid joined their Felony Division team before her promotion to supervising attorney of the Juvenile Division in 1976, to supervising chief trial attorney in 1977 and to acting public defender in 1978.
Due to her exceptional expertise and contributions to law as a practicing attorney and a professor, Ms. McDiarmid has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades over the course of her career. Most recently, in 2016, she was bestowed with the Distinguished Pro Bono Award for Pro Bono Referral Project by the West Virginia State Bar. Legal Aid of West Virginia granted her the Star Award in 2010 and the Hope Award in 2008, and she was also recognized as a West Virginia Bar Foundation fellow in 2008. The West Virginia University College of Law Women's Law Caucus likewise granted Ms. McDiarmid with the Distinguished Women in Law Award for Work in the Public Sector in 2003, along with a Significant Scholarship Award in 2002, the Award for Outstanding Teaching for the 1993 to 1994 school year and the Professor of the Year Award for the 1992 to 1993 school year. She has also won the Fannie R. Bigalow Award for Most Outspoken Senior Woman in 1967, the American Bar Association Award for Work on the MacCrate Taskforce, and was named as a West Virginia Wonder Woman by West Virginia Living Magazine.
An instructor and guest lecturer on behalf of numerous law schools and graduate school classes, Ms. McDiarmid's areas of publication include technology, teaching methodology, family law and decision theory. Additionally, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Survey of Human Rights Law from 1969 to 1970 and of the University of Rochester's Campus Times from 1965 to 1966. Admitted to practice law in West Virginia, Washington and New York, Ms. McDiarmid is a member of the American Bar Association, West Virginia State Bar Association, Association of the American Schools, Center for Computer Legal Instruction, Judicial Commission on Alimony Guidelines, Committee on Regional Training and the Clinical Section of the Association of American Law Schools with the MacCrate Implementation Taskforce. She also serves as treasurer for Legal Aid of West Virginia's Board of Directors and is a member of the Center for Computer Aided Legal Instruction Board of Directors and Cali Editorial Board.
Ms. McDiarmid attributes her career success to her propensity for hard work, and more than a little luck. Interested in law since coming of age, she noticed how some in society were not being treated fairly, and respected the law as a medium through which to prevent that from happening. She believes serving as a lawyer offers real power in a community, or in a setting, and using that power wisely for good is important in today's day and age. Looking toward the future, Ms. McDiarmid plans to be retired from full time teaching, but hopes to continue to contribute to the various charitable activities that she was involved in as a community member and litigator.
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