The Third Annual People's Law School is now complete. This year's program was the best-attended, with approximately 200 students. Over the course of the six-week class, we studied about drug courts, drug abuse, criminal law, elderly law, wills and estates, end of life planning, family law, social security, land rights and abuse/neglect of children.
Additionally, participants observed a mock criminal trial.
This program was offered free of charge for the third consecutive year, thanks to the hard work of many volunteers and the financial support of the Randolph County Commission. I would like to thank the members of the local bar association for volunteering to teach the various classes. Those members are: Steve Jory, Richard Shryock, Michael Parker, Dorwin Wolfe, Jim Hawkins, Scott Curnutte, Heather Weese, David Hart, Phil Isner, Jeff Triplett, Timothy Prentice, Earl Maxwell, David Wilmoth, Chrissy Harper and Dwight Hall.
In addition, classes were taught by Randolph County Probation Officers Heidi Hawkins, Keith Hopwood, Sherri Hulver, Jason Elmore and Johnny Meadows and also by Ellen Sycafoose of the Randolph County DHHR. Each of the three Randolph County magistrates moderated a session, along with Matt Wilfong. I am grateful for all of these volunteers and thank them for their participation.
I appreciate the Randolph County Commission funding this project so that members of the community could attend at no cost. I am grateful for the help from the volunteers of North Central Community Corrections, the Elkins Fire Department, Terry Shannon, Samantha Morse and so many others who contributed their time to put this project together for our community.
Finally, I could not have presented this program without the help of my staff, Tamatha Snodgrass, Leslie Hart, Mary Wendekier, Randlyn Campbell and most of all, my co-chair, Owen Harnett. I'm looking forward to next year's program, and I hope you are, too.
Jaymie Godwin Wilfong