(By Senators Tomblin, Mr. President, McCabe and Rowe)

Memorializing the life of John L. McClaugherty, prominent attorney, legal scholar, civic leader, promoter of the arts, former Senate Judiciary chief counsel and dedicated West Virginian.

Whereas, John L. McClaugherty, a native of Princeton, Mercer County, was born February 13, 1931. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1953 with a B. S. degree and graduated from West Virginia University College of Law in 1956 with a L. L. B. degree. From 1956 to 1959, he served as a Staff Judge Advocate for the United States Air Force, Lackland Air Force Base; and
Whereas, In 1959, John L. McClaugherty joined the law firm of Jackson, Kelly, Holt & O'Ferrell, which is West Virginia's oldest and largest law firm. He served as the firm's managing member from 1986 to 2002; and
Whereas, From approximately 1967 to 1975, John L. McClaugherty served the Senate of West Virginia as chief counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary under the leadership of his long-time friend, the Honorable William T. Brotherton, Jr., who had been appointed chairman; and
Whereas, Even after leaving the Senate, John L. McClaugherty's legal knowledge and constitutional expertise was regularly sought by Senator Brotherton who had been elected President of the Senate in 1973; and
Whereas, The professional involvement of John L. McClaugherty earned him the respect and admiration of his fellow colleagues in the legal profession which is evidenced by a lengthy list of professional achievements. He specialized in constitutional law, appellate law, legislative drafting, natural resources and workers' compensation defense. His numerous legal affiliations included the American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Life Member, Fellow and Past President, American Bar Foundation, of which he served as West Virginia Chair in 2002; Fellow and Past President, West Virginia Bar Foundation; Member and Past Member, Board of Governors, West Virginia State Bar; Member and Past President, West Virginia Bar Association; Member and Past President, Kanawha County Bar Association; Life Member and former Executive Secretary, West Virginia Judicial Council; Commissioner and Past President, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; Permanent Member, Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Permanent Member and Past President, Eastern Mineral Law Foundation; Member, Committee to Support Court Appointed Special Advocates; and an industry representative on the Mandolidis Commission; and
Whereas, The name John L. McClaugherty became synonymous with proactive leadership, a superior legal mind and true community spirit. His involvement in community projects, activities and events was legendary. His civic-minded activities earned him numerous awards and honors; and
Whereas, John L. McClaugherty's love of the performing arts brought him to the presidency of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, a position he held since 1982. He served the American Symphony Orchestra League as Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee Member from 1990 to 2000. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Fund for the Arts and he was Vice Chairman of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, of which he was immensely proud to see nearly completed; and
Whereas, Whether he was in a courtroom, a committee room, a board room or a symphony hall, John L. McClaugherty was, above all, a true gentleman. His tenacious approach to fundraising for the causes in which he truly believed was understood and admired by all who knew him; and
Whereas, Sadly, the distinguished life of John L. McClaugherty came to an end on March 4, 2003, leaving behind his lovely wife of nearly fifty years, Sallie; son John and daughter-in-law Leslie and their two sons, Carter and Addison; and daughter Martha and son-in- law Brad Nepa and their two daughters, Maria and Angela; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby memorializes the life of John L. McClaugherty, prominent attorney, legal scholar, civic leader and promoter of the arts, former Senate Judiciary chief counsel and dedicated West Virginian; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate is appreciative of John L. McClaugherty's distinguished service to the West Virginia Senate as chief counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary, along with his continued availability to the Senate as a trusted and valued consultant on various legislative issues through the years. Because of his knowledge and expertise of the legislative process and constitutional law, he was truly an invaluable legislative resource; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate applauds the community service and civic-mindedness of John L. McClaugherty, especially in the realm of the performing arts; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the family of the late John L. McClaugherty.