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Attorney Dwight Hall has formally announced his candidacy for the office of Randolph County prosecuting attorney.
A longtime resident of Randolph County, Hall has practiced law in Randolph County for more than 20 years, concentrating principally in criminal law.
In 1991, he received his doctor of jurisprudence degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, where he received the American Jurisprudence award for the highest grade in evidence. In June 1991, he passed the West Virginia Bar examination and successfully completed the Virginia Bar examination in December of that year.
In December 1990, Hall accepted an associate position with the law firm of Wallace, Ross and Gibson and began practicing in the Elkin's office with the firm in August 1991. In January 1995, he started the law firm of Sims and Hall. In the summer of 1996, he began the Law Office of Dwight R. Hall, Attorney of Law.
During his practice, he has appeared in nearly every circuit court in West Virginia, in addition to circuit courts in Virginia. He has handled several cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia and the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. He has been admitted to practice by the West Virginia and Virginia supreme courts and the U.S. district courts for the northern and southern districts of West Virginia as well as the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
He is a member of the West Virginia State Bar Association, Randolph County Bar Association, Tygart Valley Shrine Club and was the president in 2009 and has held the treasurer position since then. Hall is also a member of the Masonic Lodge 55 of Beverly, Elks Lodge 1135, Mountaineer Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and the LSIC Committee at Beverly Elementary School. He also is general manager of the basketball teams at Beverly Elementary School.
In 1984, Hall received a Bachelor of Science degree in business and public administration, with a concentration in accounting from the University of Virginia at Wise. In 1985, he successfully passed the certified public accountant examination. From 1984 through 1985, he worked as a financial manager of JAD Coal Company and affiliates. In 1985, Hall began practicing as a CPA with the firm of Cleston Daniels and Associates in its office in Johnson City, Tenn., where he achieved the position of manager.
In April 2002, he married the former Jackie Hall, a 1985 graduate of Tygarts Valley High School. She is a stay-at-home mom and is the co-president of the PTO at Beverly Elementary. She also is the Girl Scout leader at Beverly School and a member of the Beverly Women's Club. They have three children, Fallon, David and Alexandra "Alex" Hall. The Halls attend Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
During Dwight Hall's 20 years of practicing law in Elkins, he has tried hundreds of cases and has handled thousands more. He has extensive experience in district courts, circuit courts, family law courts, magistrate courts and city courts in Randolph County and many surrounding counties. While working for the law firm of Wallace, Ross and Gibson, he was one of the city of Elkins' prosecuting attorneys.
He has represented the city of Elkins, the town of Coalton and the town of Mill Creek. His experience in practicing criminal law - and his experience in business and public administration - provide him with the necessary tools to make a difference in Randolph County for local citizens.