New judges

Ten new West Virginia circuit judges participated in a four-day training session in Charleston last week. Shown on May 2 are Judge Debra McLaughlin, front row left, Judge Debra Scudiere and Judge Tera Salango; and Judge Steven L. Shaffer, back row left, Judge Shawn D. Nines, Judge R. Steven Redding, Judge Darl W. Poling, Judge Michael J. Olejasz and Judge Thomas H. Ewing.

CHARLESTON — Ten new West Virginia circuit judges attended a four-day training conference in Charleston last month specifically designed for new judges.

The participating judges were:

Thomas H. Ewing, who took office in the 12th Judicial Circuit (Fayette County) on Jan. 2, 2019;

David M. Hammer, who took office in the 23rd Judicial Circuit (Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties) on May 22, 2018;

Debra McLaughlin, who took office in the 23rd Judicial Circuit on March 26, 2019;

Shawn D. Nines, who took office in the 19th Judicial Circuit (Barbour and Taylor counties) on Jan. 2, 2019;

Michael J. Olejasz, who took office in the 1st Judicial Circuit (Brooke, Hampshire and Ohio counties) on Dec. 19, 2018;

Darl W. Poling, who took office in the 10th Judicial Circuit (Raleigh County) on April 10, 2019;

R. Steven Redding, who took office in the 23rd Judicial Circuit on March 19, 2018;

Tera Salango, who took office in the 13th Judicial Circuit (Kanawha County) on Nov. 16, 2018;

Debra Scudiere, who took office in the 17th Judicial Circuit (Monongalia County) on March 29, 2019; and

Steven L. Shaffer, who took office in the 18th Judicial Circuit (Preston County) on May 18, 2018.

In addition to reviewing court proceedings and procedures during the training session, the judges learned about the work of the Administrative Office of the Courts and got tips from more experienced judges about the daily operation of their courtrooms.

Presenting judges included 14th Judicial Circuit (Braxton, Clay, Gilmer and Webster counties) Judge Jack Alsop; 13th Judicial Circuit (Kanawha County) Judges Louis H. “Duke” Bloom and Tod Kaufman; 22nd Judicial Circuit (Hardy, Hampshire and Pendleton counties) Judge H. Charles Carl; 16th Judicial Circuit (Marion County) Judge David R. Janes; 19th Judicial Circuit Judge Alan D. Moats; 24th Judicial Circuit (Wayne County) Judge Darrell Pratt; and Senior Status Judges Russell M. Clawges Jr. and Christopher Wilkes.

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