Justice Brent Benjamin of the West Virginia Court of Appeals on Campus, March 23, 2015

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Justice Brent Benjamin of the West Virginia Court of Appeals is visiting Alderson Broaddus University March 23rd at 5:30 p.m on the fourth floor of Burbick Hall. This event is organized by the Alderson Broaddus Political Science Association. The community is welcome to attend; this event is free and open to the public.

Justice Benjamin is coming to speak at AB to advise local college students on how to succeed in law school and beyond. Support for the youth of West Virginia is not unusual for Justice Benjamin; the Justice has been a prominent figure in the fight against physical and sexual abuse of children and has instrumental in the establishment and expansion of drug and treatment courts throughout the state

He is also a long-time supporter educating both practitioners and the common man about the judicial system; Justice Benjamin is an active presenter on judicial education, with speaking engagements that have included the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, the National Press Club in Washington D.C., the International Association of Defense Counsel, and most recently, to prosecutors and judges in Ankara and Antalya, Turkey, at the invitation of the Republic of Turkey.

Justice Benjamin was elected to a 12-year term on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in November 2004. He served as Chief Justice in 2009 and 2013. His previous history includes working as an attorney with Robinson and McElwee in Charleston.

Justice Benjamin will be introduced by Dr. Martha Phelps, assistant professor of political science and the faculty advisor for the Political Science Association at Alderson Broaddus University. Dr. Phelps was recently named an honorary coach of Alderson Broaddus’ Wrestling program for her support and encouragement of student-athletes’ excellence in academics. She also recently released an article in the academic journal Politics & Policy entitled “Doppelgangers of the State: Private Security and Transferable Legitimacy.”

Dr. Phelps led the Political Science Association on a tour of the WV State Capital, where Justice Benjamin’s office invited the students to watch the court in action.

For more information about the event contact Dr. Martha Phelps via e-mail at phelpsml@ab.edu or by calling (304) 457-6330.

For information about Alderson Broaddus University or additional media queries please contact Ashley Mittelmeier at mittelmeierae@ab.edu.

Justice Benjamin’s bio can be found at http://www.courtswv.gov/supreme-court/current-justices/justice-benjamin.html.

Dr. Phelps’ recent article can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/polp.12100/abstract.

Photos available upon request.