West Virginia Supreme Court justice joins court podcast

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Education about state courts is the focus of a new podcast, “Lady Justice,” from four state supreme court justices, including West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker.

“Our goal, our passion is civics education. We want folks to know how the state courts work,” said Justice Walker.

Thursday’s Constitution Day was launch day for the podcast, “Lady Justice: Women of the Court,” featuring Justice Walker, Arkansas Justice Rhonda Wood, Michigan Chief Justice Bridget McCormack and Texas Justice Eva Guzman.

Episodes were available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean and via other apps.

The first episode focused on state constitutions, described as “America’s other constitutions.”

“About 95 percent of the court cases in our country are decided in state courts, not federal courts. We’re very committed to letting folks know how the state courts work and educating and sharing information with each other,” Justice Walker said.

“This one (podcast) is not targeted to lawyers, although we hope lawyers listen.  It’s really targeted to folks who want to know a little bit more about how their government works.”

Justice Walker was elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court in 2016 during the first nonpartisan judicial races and was seated in Jan. 2017.

She talked about “Lady Justice” during an appearance on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

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