CONTACT:  Nicole Smith, PR Manager
Concord University Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312


ATHENS, W.Va. – As part of campus activities for Constitution Day, Concord University will host the West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals on Thursday, September 21, beginning at 10:00 AM in the Main Theater. Three arguments will be heard. The event is open to the public and will allow people to see the inner workings of the court and learn about the legal process.

The arguments that will be heard include:

  • 10:00 AM – Rule 19 argument – Charleston Area Medical Center, Inc. v. Raleigh General Hospital and the WV Heath Care Authority, No. 22-ICA-169
  • 10:30 AM – Rule 20 argument – Earl J. Nicholson and Joyce A. Nicholson v. Severin POA Group, LLC, Antero Resources Corporation, Rockwell Resources, LLC, JEC Production, LLC, and Robert R. Jones, et al., No. 22-ICA-207
  • 11:15 AM – Rule 19 argument – IPI, Inc. and Matthew Joseph Taylor v. Axiall Corporation and Eagle Natrium, LLC, No. 18-C-14

The appointed judges are Chief Judge Daniel W. Greear, Judge Charles Lorenson, and Judge Thomas E. Scarr.

Chief Judge Greear says, “We, as a Court, are thankful to faculty, students, and staff at Concord University for their willingness to host the inaugural ICA-On Campus.  The ICA plans to host one on-campus argument day during each term of court moving forward, with a different West Virginia college or university selected each time. My son is a recent Concord graduate and so it is particularly special for me to hear argument on that campus.”

Judge Lorensen provides insight into the program, stating, “Access to justice has been a priority of the Intermediate Court of Appeals.  I look forward to furthering that goal amongst college students with the launch of this program.”

Judge Scarr shares his thoughts, “It has been great working with Concord University on this event.  I look forward to engaging with the students and providing them a closer look at the West Virginia judiciary in action.”

Dr. Sally Howard, Chair of the Department of Social Sciences says of the opportunity, “The Political Science Program is honored to be able to observe Constitution Day with such an important and unique event. Concord Students will be getting a terrific opportunity to see first-hand the workings of one of West Virginia’s most important government bodies.”

The Intermediate Court of Appeals was signed into law on April 9, 2021, after passing the 2021 regular legislative session. The law establishes a three-judge panel that will serve ten-year, staggered terms. Governor Jim Justice appointed the first three judges from a group who applied and were interviewed by the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission. This court has the discretion to determine which cases require oral argument. More information can be found here:


Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus. Concord University may take pictures at these events for publicity purposes.

In celebration of constitution day, please join us for the West Virginia court of appeals oral arguments on Thursday, September 21, 2023 beginning at 10:00 am in the Alexander Fine Arts Center Main Theatre at Concord University