Professor Patrick McGinley is a graduate of Dickinson College and the Duke University School of Law where he was a member of the Duke Law Journal Editorial Board.
Professor McGinley served as a law clerk to a Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and as a Special Assistant Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Environmental Strike Force. In the latter position he was engaged in environmental enforcement and mine safety litigation.
In 1975 Professor McGinley joined the West Virginia University College of Law faculty where he teaches courses in environmental, administrative, land use, and natural resources law.
Professor McGinley was co-editor of the multi-volume treatise Coal Law & Regulation and of the Annual Proceedings of the Eastern Mineral Law Foundation. He was a founder and served as an officer and trustee of the Eastern Mineral law Foundation (now the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation). He has published numerous law review articles relating to environmental, natural resources, access to information and administrative law.
Professor McGinley has served as Member, Department of Energy Advisory Board, West Virginia Division of Energy, the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection Advisory Board; Ad Hoc Mining Legislation Committee, Pennsylvania Department Environmental Resources, Research Committee Water Research Institute, Center for Appalachian Studies and Development, West Virginia University; Coal Mining Advisory Committee, Pennsylvania Department Environmental Resources; Chairman, American Bar Association—American Law Institute Course of Study, “Legal Issues in the Coal Industry.? Board of Directors, Northern West Virginia Legal Aid Society; and as a consultant to the West Virginia Water Resources Board and the West Virginia Sago Mine Disaster Investigation.
Professor McGinley?s work has been recognized by the Environmental Policy Institute for his ?tireless efforts to promote and uphold the rights of the land, the people of America’s coalfields and the law protecting them.” (1987); by the Directors of the 16th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference Cary Rydberg Award (University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon) for ?Outstanding Contributions to Public Interest Advocacy? (1998); and by the Public Justice Foundation (formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice) for ?winning exceptional victories for the public interest.? (2000).
Professor McGinley has litigated many cases before administrative tribunals as well as state and federal trail and appellate courts. Professor McGinley has traveled to many countries in connection with his work with grassroots environmental public interest lawyers.