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McClanahan to be visiting professor at ASL

11/03/11

Elizabeth McClanahanASL Dean Wes Shinn has announced the appointment of Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth McClanahan as the school's first Street Memorial Distinguished Visitor in Real Estate Law.

The family's four surviving children established the academic chair in honor of their parents, Willie Arthur and Frankie Mae McGlothlin Street, who made many contributions during their lifetime to Buchanan County and the surrounding area.

"The appointment of Justice McClanahan as a visiting professor allows our law school to not only recognize a Buchanan County native, but to access the expertise of one of the leading real estate legal minds in the country," Shinn said.

McClanahan grew up in Buchanan County, Virginia, practiced law with the PennStuart law firm in Abingdon and has been a recognized expert in real estate law, regularly lecturing, writing, and publishing on various real estate topics. She was the 1994 El Paso Fellow at the University of Colorado Natural Resources Law Center. She served as Virginia's chief deputy attorney general prior to the Virginia General Assembly appointing her to the bench, and she served eight years on the Virginia Court of Appeals before the General Assembly elevated her to the Virginia Supreme Court on Sept. 1. She has become Virginia's fourth-ever female Supreme Court justice.

"Buchanan County is home to me and has been home to my family for generations.  I am honored to be asked to work with students, faculty, and the community in such an important area of the law for our region," McClanahan said. "It is an unparalleled opportunity to mentor and teach lawyers of the next generation right here at home."

A member of the Street family said, "When establishing the distinguished visitor professorship, they envisioned its use in just this manner.  Recognizing a well-known Southwest Virginia jurist with expertise in real estate law furthers the law school's academic goals."

"We look forward to beginning this great journey with Justice McClanahan," Shinn added. "The positive impact upon the law school will be felt for years to come."