A West Virginia University law student from New Haven, W.Va., Jodie Robinson, has won this years prestigious Bakers Cup Competition for successfully arguing a case before the West Virginia State Supreme Court. The justices, on their annual hiatus from Charleston, presided over the competition at the WVU College of Law Tuesday, March 20.


Robinson, a second year law student, and Jason Wandling, a second year law student from Scott Depot, W.Va., competed in the mock trial titled Lex Luthor, and LexCorp International, Inc. vs. The Daily Planet .


Robinson earned her undergraduate degrees in history and political science at WVU and worked for Offut Fisher&Nord before entering law school. She is vice president of the Womens Law Caucus and a member of the Lugar Trial Association. Last summer, Robinson was an intern with Appalachian Legal Services. This summer she will work with the Public Defender Corp.


She is the daughter of Ronald Robinson and Lois and Bob Kincaid. Her sister, Monica, is a 1998 graduate of the WVU College of Law and is employed at Vital&Vital.


In honor of her achievement, Robinsons name will be engraved on the law schools Baker Cup trophy. She also will receive $500 and a plaque.


Her competitor, Jason Wandling of Scott Depot, W.Va., graduated cum laude from WVU in 1999 with a B.A. in English and a minor in philosophy. Last summer he received a Public Interest Advocates Fellowship position at the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy. In previous summers he has worked as a clerk for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.


At the WVU College of Law, Wandling is the vice president of Public Interest Advocates. He plans to practice law in West Virginia or the Pacific Northwest.


Wandling will receive $350 and a plaque as runner-up in the competition. He also received a Best Oral Advocate commemorative certificate.


A commemorative certificate was also awarded to Billie Ann Shepherd of Fairmont, W.Va., who was judged the Best Brief Writer in the competition.


The Baker Cup Endowment was established in 1980 to acknowledge second-year law students for outstanding legal expertise. It was created by the daughters of Judge George Coleman Baker, a distinguished Morgantown lawyer and 1886 law school graduate.