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Sometimes you just need a really good lawyer. EDUCATION J.D., 1998 Cum Laude Harvard Law School M.P.P., 1998 JFK School of Gov’t Harvard University B.S., History, 1994 Distinguished Graduate U.S. Air Force Academy John honed his litigation skills during his nine years of service as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force. An experienced criminal and civil litigator, John has spent most of his legal career appearing in both state and federal courtrooms around the country and advising clients on a range of policy and legal issues. • State and Federal Criminal Defense • Internal Investigations • High-Stakes Civil Litigation Funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the program welcomed 24 participants, including WLU College of Education seniors and graduate students, alumni who are employed as teachers and other professional educators. Participants engaged in open-ended activities ranging from sewing and woodworking to electronics and digital-based making. “The goal of the boot camp is to empower educators to create sustainable models for integrating open-ended making experiences into schools, libraries and community centers,” says Bill Schlageter, director of Marketing at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Governor Tomblin Appoints New Executive Director to the West Virginia School Building Authority Governor Earl Ray Tomblin recently announced the appointment of David Sneed as executive director of the West Virginia School Building Authority (WVSBA). “David is no stranger to West Virginia’s school building authority and played a key role in developing a number of planning mechanisms currently used by educational planners and architects in West Virginia,” says Tomblin. “I’m confident his continued experience and thorough working knowledge will serve him well in this new role.” Sneed, who has more than 35 years of educational planning experience in the public and private sectors, was the chief of Architectural Services for the WVSBA from 1990-2012, then he returned to the private sector as director of Educational Planning Services for Project and Construction Services, Inc., a private company with offices in Charleston. Before joining the authority, Sneed served as director of School Planning for Kanawha County Schools, where he managed the district’s capital improvement bond program and created several educational facilities’ planning processes that are still being used today. He also helped create guidelines and procedures for the newly created WVSBA in 1989. “I am very pleased to be returning to the school building authority, and I appreciate the governor’s confidence in selecting me for this important job,” says Sneed. “I look forward to working with the governor, the legislature and the authority members again, but most importantly, the superintendents around our state as they develop new projects for funding consideration.” Technology Students Head West for Automotive Engineering Competition 179 Summers Street Suite 209 Charleston WV, 25301 Office: 304-344-4822 Cell: 571-259-6796 www.jcarrlaw.com 84 Responsible Attorney; John A. Carr west virginia executive Earlier this summer, a group of West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) students made an 850-mile trip to Pittsburg, KS to participate in the 2014 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja series hosted at Pittsburg State University. The WVU Tech SAE team and their Baja racing buggy competed against more than 1,000 students in dynamic events such as a sled pull, a suspension/traction course and a four-hour endurance race. The team began working in January, installing a brand new transmission, mounting a suspension system, designing and cutting panes for the buggy’s body and fine-tuning the vehicle for its various performance tests. “SAE students built the buggy from top to bottom with a focus on the design process,” says Dr. Winnie Fu, an assistant professor of engineering technology at WVU Tech. “The project is both an opportunity to practice the skills students are learning in the classroom and a chance to work on areas where they’re weakest.”