The Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic is a two-semester, 14-credit course offered by the College of Law to select third-year law students. Land Use Clinic students undertake projects and provide representation to clients under the supervision of licensed attorneys and certified planners. For more information on the academic component of the Land Use Clinic see our “For Students” page.
The Land Use Clinic is located at the WVU College of Law at 101 Law School Drive, Morgantown, West Virginia, 26506. The WVU Law Clinic entrance is on the north side of the building.
Katherine “Kat” Garvey began her career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region VII in the National Agricultural Compliance Assistance Center and with the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. Garvey is an ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certified Lead Auditor. She developed and audited environmental management systems for military and large agricultural operations. Garvey transitioned from federal to local government in 2006, when she worked for the City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri as the Environmental Coordinator. She helped the City comply with permitting requirements for their airport and landfill. In addition, she helped the City develop a solid waste management plan, stormwater plan, stream buffer ordinance, and a natural resource inventory map. She continued her focus on local protection of natural resources as an Assistant Professor of Law and Staff Attorney at the Land Use Clinic at Vermont Law School. In Vermont, Garvey worked with local governments, land trusts and other non-profits to address legal questions related to land conservation in the Northeast. Professor Garvey received her JD from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 2004, and LLM from Vermont Law in 2010. She was born and raised outside of Kansas City, MO and now lives in Morgantown with her partner Derrick, their son and their 2 Alaskan Malamutes.
Before coming to WVU, Richardson was an Associate Professor in Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech, teaching land use law, environmental law, urban growth management and real estate. His research and experience focuses on land use law and water law. Prior to his academic endeavors, Jesse was in private practice in his home town of Winchester, Virginia, first with a large law firm, then as a solo practitioner. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Agricultural Law Association, the Universities Council on Water Resources and the National Cave and Karst Research Institute. He previously served on the Virginia Farmland Protection Task Force and the Virginia Water Policy Technical Advisory Committee. Jesse was honored with the 1999 Professional Scholarship Award from the American Agricultural Law Association, the 2004 William E. Wine Award for a history of teaching excellence from Virginia Tech (the highest teaching award granted by the university), and the 2009 University Certificate of Excellence in Outreach. He has worked with communities in West Virginia and Virginia on land use planning issues, including issues related to karst and water resources. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Nathan Fetty is the managing attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic at the WVU College of Law. A native of Spencer, West Virginia, he is a graduate of the WVU College of Law and West Virginia Wesleyan College. He previously held a Skadden Fellowship. His background includes work in environmental and land use law, coal mine health and safety, and consumer protection. He resides in Buckhannon, West Virginia with his wife and daughter.
Jason Walls is the Land Conservation Attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic. Walls graduated Order of the Coif in 2005 from the West Virginia University College of Law and graduated magna cum laude in 1996 from WVU with a BS in Geology. Following law school, he served 2 years as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Irene M. Keeley, then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. Walls then worked several years as a litigator and title attorney for firms in Morgantown, West Virginia. His practice experience includes real property disputes, wills and estates, and real estate law.
Jared received a B.A. in Geography with a minor in Economics from West Virginia University where he was a member of the WVU Men’s Tennis Team. After graduating, he worked as a GIS specialist for an engineering firm in Virginia. Later, he moved out west to attend the University of Hawaii, where he obtained a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. In 2007, he moved back to Virginia to become the Planning Director for the Town of Chincoteague. While there, he was responsible for all the day-to-day planning activities, including a complete revision of the town’s comprehensive plan. Most recently, he obtained a J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC. Jared was born in Wheeling, WV and raised in Leesburg, VA. He now lives in Morgantown with his wife and their three children.
Christy DeMuth is the Land Use Planner at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic. Christy received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources Management from Penn State in 2003 and a Master of Science in Geography from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2005. She began her career in government, first working at Peters Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh, in the Planning Department and then in the Department of Economic Development in Allegheny County, the second largest county in Pennsylvania. In 2006, DeMuth began planning work in the private sector in Pittsburgh, where she managed several planning projects, such as comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, subdivision and land development ordinances, planning studies, economic development plans and corridor studies. As a project manager, Christy was responsible for coordinating public participation efforts for all her clients, which included facilitating numerous public meetings, focus group meetings, committee meetings, and educational workshops. She is also well versed in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Whitney Morgan is a Clinician at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic. Whitney graduated Order of the Coif in 2015 from West Virginia University College of Law. She is originally from Texas and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient History and Classical Civilization from The University of Texas at Austin. During law school, Whitney published both her student note and seminar paper, which won first place in a regional writing competition, as an article. Whitney's work with the Land Use Clinic has included various editing projects, most notably the WV LEAP Toolkit. Whitney works closely with the planning team drafting and editing zoning ordinances and is working to formulate a comprehensive zoning template for the state of West Virginia. Whitney also works with LUSD Clinic students to strengthen legal writing skills.
Erica Hetzel is the Office Manager for the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic. Raised in Williamsburg, Virginia, Erica graduated from Virginia Tech in 2013, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy & Planning with a minor in Agricultural & Applied Economics. While at Virginia Tech, she took electives in real estate law, land use law, patent law, and agricultural law, in addition to environmental law courses. She presented original undergraduate research on the regulation of mountaintop removal coal mining at two collegiate research conferences and at the 2012 American Agricultural Law Association Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Erica worked as a 2012 summer intern at a non-profit environmental law firm in Portland, Oregon. She previously worked in Washington, D.C. as a paralegal in patent and trademark law and antitrust and consumer interest law. Erica lives in Morgantown with her fiancé, Patrick, and dog, Sunday.
Allison Eckman is an AmeriCorps VISTA working with the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic and the West Virginia University Center for Big Ideas. In May 2016, Allison graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, concentrating her studies in creative non-fiction. During her year as a VISTA, Allison will assist communities with the implementation of comprehensive plans. Allison will seek funding opportunities that will help communities in West Virginia thrive at a local level and will create volunteer-based projects that promote community engagement.