- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Justice Beth Walker has been sworn in at West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals.

Walker, a Morgantown attorney, was elected in May. Her term begins in January.

She knocked out incumbent Justice Brent Benjamin, who finished fourth. It marked the first time that the race was nonpartisan.

The court’s five justices hear appeals from the state’s circuit courts, including criminal convictions affirmed on appeal from magistrate court and appeals from administrative agencies.

Walker worked for the law firm of Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love in Charleston for 22 years, concentrating on labor and employment law and mediation.

After moving to Morgantown in 2011, she became associate general counsel for the West Virginia United Health System.

A native of Huron, Ohio, she has a law degree from Ohio State University.

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