John Thomas Copenhaver Jr.

Personal

Birthday: 
1925
Birthplace: 
Charleston, WV
Race or Ethnicity: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Prior Employment: 

U.S. Army, 1944-1946
Law clerk, Hon. Ben Moore, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 1950-1951
Private practice, Charleston, West Virginia, 1951-1958
Referee in bankruptcy, Southern District of West Virginia, 1958-1973
Adjunct professor, West Virginia University College of Law, 1970-1976
Faculty member, Federal Judicial Center, 1970-1976

Education

Name of School: 
West Virginia University
Degree: 
A.B.
Degree Year: 
1947
Name of School - Second: 

West Virginia University Law School

The West Virginia University College of Law offers a curriculum which blends skills, perspectives, and substantive law courses in a supportive learning environment. WVU is recognized nationally as a leader in providing a student-centered learning experience. The Law Center provides access to the Internet through a wireless network and has other state-of-the-art technology, including connections for laptops at each seat in the classrooms, web access at each carrel in the library, and video conferencing and distance learning facilities. Our graduates are employed at the major law firms in West Virginia, are members of the judiciary, and hold important positions in government. They are also in major law firms from New York City to Hong Kong, Rome to Pittsburgh and San Diego to Richmond. Many graduates also run their own offices and work tirelessly for those who have little or no money but desperately need legal representation.

Degree - Second: 
LL.B.
Degree Year - Second: 
1950

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
Court Name: 

West Virginia Southern District Court

President Nominating: 
Gerald Ford
Party Affiliation of President: 
Republican
Commission Date: 
9/3/1976
Bankruptcy and Magistrate Services: 

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of West Virginia, 1973-1976

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