The Law Works

The Law Works discusses legal issues that affect daily life. The Law Works considers issues ranging from how to buy a house, to identity theft, and wiretapping.

Host Dan Ringer is a past-president of the West Virginia State Bar, has taught and lectured concerning legal matters at the college and university level since 1976, and is a member of the graduate faculty of the West Virginia University College of Human Resources and Education. In 1996 Dan was named the first West Virginia Lawyer Citizen of the Year by the West Virginia Bar Foundation, and served as president of the West Virginia State Bar in 1999-2000. In 2000 Dan was named the American Bar Association Practitioner of the Year, by the ABA's Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee. In 2001 he received the President's Award from the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

The Law Works - Problems of Marcellus Drilling

Sep 19, 2014

There is great excitement in West Virginia, and elsewhere, about the Marcellus Shale gas boom. But not all of the excitement is celebratory.  Some people are very worried and concerned. We’ll talk about the problems of Marcellus drilling - and we’ll take your calls live on the air. Thursday night, September 25, at 8:00pm, on a special hour long The Law Works.

The Law Works - Black Lung

Sep 16, 2014

Black lung disease was thought by some to be a disease of the past. It is not. It is not treatable or curable. Federal law says that a coal miner should work his or her entire life without incurring any disability from black lung. Why isn’t that happening? We’ll talk about Black Lung on this episode of The Law Works.

Sexual violence is never the victim's fault. It doesn't matter where you were, the time of day, what you were wearing, or if you were drinking -- sex without consent is rape. Dan Ringer and guest Nancy Hoffman, State Coordinator for WV Foundation for Rape Information & Services will talk about finding help for victims of sexual violence on this episode of The Law Works.

The Law Works - War on Coal

Jun 12, 2014

For the past few years the United States has been involved in war with a rock. The rock in question is coal. And just like any civil war the participants on both sides are from the same country, this one. The United States. Dan Ringer and guest Patrick McGinley will talk about the War on Coal on this episode of The Law Works.

The Law Works - FOIA

Jun 6, 2014

Freedom of information acts, were enacted for the purpose of providing information about the workings of government and the acts of public officials and employees. So how's that working out? Dan Ringer with guests Prof. Patrick C. McGinley, WVU College of Law and Don Smith, Executive Director, WV Press Association will talk about freedom of information on this episode of The Law Works.

The Law Works - State Budget

May 30, 2014

Do you have a budget? How do you create it? Is it easy to follow? The State of West Virginia has a budget. It is not easy to create, and it is not easy to follow.  Dan Ringer and guest State Senator Roman Prezioso, Chair of the West Virginia State Senate Finance Committee will talk about the West Virginia State Budget on this episode of The Law Works.

The Law Works - Stream Mitigation

May 28, 2014

The Law Works - Police Corruption

Apr 21, 2014

If you're accused of a crime, you are entitled to a few things. An attorney. To see the evidence. To confront witnesses. Your day in court. And an honest police effort. But what if the police are not honest?  Dan Ringer and Richard Neely, Esq., former West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice will talk about Police Corruption, on this episode of The Law Works.

The Law Works - Fair Housing

Apr 17, 2014

The Law Works - Active American Courts

Apr 7, 2014

What should a court do when presented with an issue that has never been considered before, or one in which the law is not clear, or maybe the times have simply changed. Dan Ringer and former West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Neely will talk about active American Courts, on this episode of The Law Works.

The Law Works - Challenges facing the Courts

Apr 1, 2014

We live in a complex world. We deal with new challenges every day. New technologies. New relationships. New ideas. And so do our courts. Dan Ringer and former West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Neely will talk about the challenges facing our courts, on this episode of The Law Works.

The Law Works - Heroin and Methamphetamine

Mar 21, 2014

West Virginia University’s College of Law is hosting a forum this evening to discuss marriage equality in West Virginia. Evan Wolfson is the featured guest at Tuesday's event.
 

Evan Wolfson is the founder and President of Freedom to Marry, a nation-wide campaign to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. Currently, the state of West Virginia makes no allowances for same-sex couples to be wed.

The Law Works - Municipal Bankruptcy

Mar 13, 2014

Suppose you live in a town or city. You work for the municipal government. You depend on the government for your pension, your police and fire protection, for trash pick-up, for street maintenance and parks. Then it files bankruptcy. Now what?  Dan Ringer and guest Attorney Martin Sheehan will talk about Municipal Bankruptcy on this episode of The Law Works.

The Law Works - Truancy

Feb 27, 2014

Forty years ago, the United States had the highest public school graduation rate in the world.  Today we're number twenty-one.  In West Virginia we have a public school truancy rate of up to fifty percent in some counties.  Dan Ringer and his guests Judge Alan Moats, Barbour & Taylor Counties and Glenn Sweet, Director, Barbour County Office of Attendance will talk about Truancy.

The Law Works - Environmental Bankruptcy

Feb 20, 2014
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What happens when a company causes an environmental disaster... injures hundreds of thousands of people...closes large and small businesses for days...then files bankruptcy? Join The Law Works host Dan Ringer and guest Martin Sheehan as they talk about "getting away with it" through bankruptcy.

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Frustration and anger continue to mount in the affected counties of last month’s chemical spill.

West Virginians are getting schooled in chemistry and biology, and are suddenly intimately involved in considering the bigger picture of environmental regulations on industrial activities.

Three experts, one on water quality, one on environmental law, and one on public health, spoke on the West Virginia Public Broadcasting's The Law Works about these issues.

The Law Works - Safe Water in West Virginia

Feb 8, 2014

The Law Works - Control of Chemicals

Jan 31, 2014
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