Our staff includes experienced attorneys and land use professionals backed by the resources of the WVU College of Law.
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.
Lead Land Use Attorney
Jesse J. Richardson, Jr. is a Professor of Law and the Lead Land Use Attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law. Before coming to WVU, Mr. Richardson was an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech and practiced law in his hometown of Winchester, Virginia. His research and experience focuses on agricultural law, land use law, and water law. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech and J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He serves on the Board of the Water Well Trust. He is past President of the American Agricultural Law Association. Richardson has also served on the Virginia Water Policy Technical Advisory Committee and on the boards of the Universities Council on Water Resources, National Cave and Karst Research Institute, and Virginia Cave Board.
Jason Walls is the Managing 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 Anderson, AICP
Supporting Land Use Attorney
Jared Anderson received a B.A. in Geography with a minor in Economics from West Virginia University where he was a member of the WVU Mens' 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.
Staci Thornsbury is an attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic. Staci obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science from West Virginia University in 1994 and then graduated from West Virginia University College of Law in 1997. Following law school, Staci clerked with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. After her clerkship, she entered private practice. Staci brings to the clinic almost 25 years of practical legal experience with a large part of that focusing on real property, real estate title, and real estate transactions. Additionally, Staci has worked as an instructor at the undergraduate level teaching courses on various legal topics, including real property, wills and estates, mineral title and contracts. She loves the opportunity to help underserved areas of West Virginia through her work with the LUSD.
Christy Burnside DeMuth, AICP
Land Use Planner
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 R. Morgan, a WVU College of Law alum, has been with the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic since 2015. In this role, she has focused on the development of a comprehensive zoning ordinance template designed specifically for rural West Virginia communities, with major contributions centering on the intersection of zoning with the U.S. Constitution. Generally, she functions as a utility player between the clinic’s various practice areas. As a clinical instructor, Whitney channels her passion for writing in taking on a mentorship role with third year law students to refine legal writing skills. She also serves as the final stage editor for major publications of the clinic and assists with grant writing.