White to speak at Forensic Monday

BUCKHANNON – Beth A. White, executive director of the West Virginia Association for Justice, is slated to speak at the next session of the Forensic Mondays program beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, Forensic Mondays’ program director David D. Taylor, JD, announced.

“One of the most overlooked rights Americans have are their rights to jury trials in both criminal and civil cases, which are Constitutionally guaranteed as set forth in the 6th and 7th Amendments,” Taylor stated. These rights had been guaranteed in Great Britain since the Magna Carta in 1215 and was affirmed in the British Bill of Rights.

“Trial by jury also had a critical role in the colonization of America, our American Revolution and the very creation of our Bill of Rights,” added Taylor. “Ms. White’s timely presentation on Inherent and Invaluable: Trial by Jury and the Creation of American Democracy, promises to be very informative and educational as we learn more about the incredible history of these forgotten amendments in our Constitution.”

“Thus far, many of the topics presented in this program have surrounded crime scenes and the varied aspects of criminal law,” Taylor said. “But this session promises to be just as equally informative. Many times cases that originated and moved through the criminal court system end up in civil court before a jury.” One great example is the infamous case involving O.J. Simpson.

“The West Virginia Association for Justice is a voluntary bar association representing more than 500 trial attorneys practicing throughout West Virginia and in surrounding states,” Taylor noted. Ms. White worked for the association as a political and media consultant before being named executive director in 2005.

A native West Virginian hailing from Charleston, White earned a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia State University and a Master’s degree from Syracuse University where she studied at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, with additional coursework in political communication at the university’s Maxwell School. White has been an adjunct faculty member at both West Virginia State and the University of Charleston.

“Beth is also an historian, focusing on U.S. history from the colonial period through the Civil War era and U.S. political history, said Taylor. “She has lectured on the history of trial by jury throughout West Virginia and nationally, and has written articles on the subject for several publications.”

White’s other current projects include a chapter for a new book on the rise of the Union cavalry in 1863 and an article for the journal Civil War History on the statuary on the West Virginia State Capitol grounds.

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