Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a judge to replace recently retired 17th Judicial Circuit Judge Russell Clawges Jr.
Justice appointed Debra Scudiere, of Morgantown, to the 17th Judicial Circuit Court, which serves Monongalia County. Scudiere fills the seat vacated by Clawges, who retired in January.
Scudiere is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, and she previously served as president of the West Virginia State Bar and as president of the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents.
Prior to her appointment, Scudiere worked as a member of the law firm of Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC, practicing in the areas of litigation, mediation, and arbitration. Scudiere also taught a class in Pre-Trial Litigation at the WVU College of Law, according to a press release.
Scudiere will serve as a judge until the next regularly scheduled primary, which will be in 2020. Clawges, whom Scudiere is replacing, was last elected in 2016, with his term running until 2024. The person elected in 2020 will take office as soon as the election is certified and will serve the remainder of the term, according to West Virginia Supreme Court Public Information Officer Jennifer Bundy.