Justice Robin Jean Davis was engaged in the private practice of law in the state of West Virginia from 1982 until 1996. In 1996, she was elected as a Justice to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to fill an unexpired term. She was reelected in November 2000; Justice Davis served as chief justice in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Justice Davis is the author of several West Virginia Law Review articles, including: "A Tribute to Franklin D. Cleckley: A Compendium of Essential Legal Principles From His Opinions as a Justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals"; "A Tribute to Thomas E. McHugh: An Encyclopedia of Legal Principles from Opinions Written by Justice McHugh"; "An Analysis of the Development of Admitting Expert Testimony in Federal Courts and the Impact of that Development on West Virginia Jurisprudence'; and is the coauthor with Louis J. Palmer, Jr. of Workers' Compensation Litigation in West Virginia: Assessing the Impact of the Rule of Liberality and the Need for Fiscal Reform.
Franklin D. Cleckley is the Arthur B. Hodges Professor of Law at West Virginia University College of Law, where his courses include Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Civil Rights. Professor Cleckley has been on the Faculty of West Virginia University College of Law since 1969. He was a Drafter of the West Virginia Rules of Evidence and the West Virginia Rules of Criminal Procedure and Drafter of the 1984 Revisions of the Local Rules U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. Professor Cleckley has been a Visiting Professor at: University of Maryland, Mercer University, Louisiana State University, College of William and Mary and Syracuse University. He was also Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Mississippi. He is former Associate Justice, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and Special Assistant to the General Counsel of Tennessee Valley Authority. Professor Cleckley's publications include: Evidence Handbook for West Virginia Lawyers, Michie, (3 editions 1978, 1986, 1994); West Virginia Criminal Procedure Handbook, Michie (2 editions 1984, 1993).