A new Monongalia County circuit judge was sworn in Friday morning at the WVU College of Law, as hundreds of local and state officials gathered for the swearing in of Judge Debra Scudiere.
Scudiere, who has served in multiple roles throughout her legal career, including President of the West Virginia State Bar, as well as the Bar’s Board of Governors chairperson said it’s good to be back home where it all started.
“If I didn’t have that support, I truly could not have done this. I have good judges to look up to. I have good lawyers that I work with and against and it’s always been an absolute pleasure to help people with their situations and their lawsuits and the things that need to have good judges.” said Judge Scudiere.
Scudiere is a native of Greenbrier County and is a graduate of Greenbrier East High School. She has a 1976 Bachelor’s Degree in French and English (double major) from West Virginia University and also received a Secondary School Teaching Certificate. She taught English and French at Union High School in Monroe County for a few years and then returned to West Virginia University to earn her law degree.
At the WVU College of Law, she was a member of the Order of the Barrister, the Gourley Cup
Team, and the 1982 National Trial Competition Team. She was on the staff of the West Virginia Law Review and was the Research Editor of the Journal of College and University Law. Later, she served the Law School again as a member of the Visiting Committee and an Adjunct Lecturer in Trial Advocacy and Pre-Trial Litigation.
Scudier was also a partner at Furbee, Amos, Webb & Critchfield PLLC from 1982 to 2001 and since 2001 has been a member of Kay Casto and Chaney PLLC in Morgantown, concentrating on civil litigation, mediation, and arbitration. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and U.S. District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia. At the time of her appointment to the bench, Scudiere was Chair of the West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission, having been appointed by former Governor Joe Manchin.
Governor Justice appointed Scudiere to the West Virginia Industrial Council. Supreme Court Chief Justice Beth Walker appointed her to the West Virginia Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being in 2018, and the Supreme Court previously had appointed her to lead the District 14 Character Committee for applicants to the West Virginia State Bar.
Governor Jim Justice appointed Scudiere to the seat after Judge Russell M. Clawges, Jr. retired on January 31.
Scudiere will official take the bench starting April 1.