Concord celebrates Founders’ Day


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Concord University will hold a Founders’ Day Ceremony on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The event begins at 3 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the Alexander Fine Arts Center.

The gathering marks Concord’s 145th anniversary. On Feb. 28, 1872 the school received its charter from the West Virginia Legislature.

Mr. David A. Barnette will offer the Keynote Address. Barnette, Counsel and Member of Jackson Kelly PLLC in Charleston, W.Va. and Vice Chair of the Concord University Board of Governors, graduated from Concord in 1974.

Mr. Barnette is a member of Jackson Kelly’s Commercial Law Practice Group. His practice is focused upon business law, business litigation, technology and intellectual property matters. He has represented numerous major corporations in litigation arising from contract, technology, antitrust and construction law matters.

Since 1991, Mr. Barnette has been the General Counsel to the West Virginia Broadcasters Association and regularly represents some of the state’s largest television and radio stations on an individual basis. He has been lead trial counsel for media clients in four significant defamation cases. Mr. Barnette is a regular contributor and writer in the area of broadcast law and is the co-author of Keeping It Legal, a guide for broadcasters published by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association. He is the author of West Virginia’s reporter’s shield law passed by the legislature in 2011.

Mr. Barnette is a member of the International Technology Law Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association. He is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and has served on the West Virginia Law Institute Committee on Adoption Law Reform. Mr. Barnette is a former Chairman of the Concord University Foundation, Trustee and Secretary of the WSAZ Children’s Charities Foundation and Director and Secretary of the West Virginia Broadcasters Educational Foundation. He also serves on the University of Dayton School of Law Board of Advisers.

He has been recognized since 2003 as one of Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® in Antitrust, Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law. A former adjunct professor at the University of Charleston, he is a regular lecturer on computer, copyright and adoption law within the state of West Virginia. Mr. Barnette has also received the Certificate of Merit from the West Virginia Bar Association. In 2007, he was recognized for his outstanding advocacy of adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) as an Angel in Adoption.

Mr. Barnette received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Concord and earned a master’s degree in political science from Marshall University in 1975. He joined Jackson Kelly in 1979 upon receiving his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Dayton where he served as a Law Review Editor. Mr. Barnette became a member of the firm in 1986.

The Founders’ Day celebration also offers a time to honor faculty, staff and students. Presidential Excellence Awards will be presented to individuals who have demonstrated dedication and service to Concord University and the surrounding community.

A reception will follow the program in the Alexander Fine Arts lobby. The public is invited to attend the celebration. To RSVP for the Founders’ Day Ceremony or for additional information contact Trena Stovall at [email protected] (link sends e-mail) or 304-384-6292.

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