Ronald E. Wilson, who has served as a judge for West Virginia's First Judicial Circuit Court for more than 30 years, was named Judge of the Year by the West Virginia Association for Justice. Wilson received the award at the association's annual convention in Charleston on June 6. The award has been presented by WVAJ to both state and federal court judges in West Virginia since 1985.
Wilson was appointed judge for the First Judicial Circuit in 1981 by Gov. Jay Rockefeller. He was elected to the seat the following year and was re-elected in 1984, 1992, 2000 and 2008. Wilson is the chairperson of the West Virginia Judicial Association. In 2012, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals appointed Wilson to chair the committees responsible for revising the West Virginia Judicial canons and updating the West Virginia Rules of Evidence. In 2004, he was named a Foundation Fellow by the West Virginia Bar Foundation. Wilson earned a B. A. from American University and is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law.
The West Virginia Association for Justice also named Kimberley R. Fields its 2013 Clerk of the Year. Fields is the mass litigation manager for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. The award was presented to her on June 6 by WVAJ President-Elect Anthony Majestro during the WVAJ annual convention and seminar in Charleston.
Fields was hired by the Supreme Court in 2008 as mass litigation manager. In that role, she assists the seven circuit court judges assigned to the state's Mass Litigation Panel with centralization and management of all mass litigation cases pending in West Virginia.
Prior to her position with the court, Fields was in private practice for nearly 19 years, with a primary focus in complex litigation. She has prior experience in mass litigation including asbestos personal injury, breast implant and diet drug litigation. She earned her undergraduate degree from Marshall University and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill.