The West Virginia University College of Laws Quasquicentennial Celebration will kick off Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse in Charleston.

Established in 1878 as WVU s first professional school, the College of Law has a history rich in tradition and spirit. It has been accredited by the Association of American Law Schools since 1914 and by the American Bar Association since 1923. A chapter of the Order of the Coif , which recognizes the top 10 percent of a graduating class for academic excellence, was established at the College of Law in 1925. Additionally, the West Virginia Law Review is the fourth oldest law review in the country.

Throughout the 125-year history of the states only law school, the College of Law has benefited from a professional working relationship with the legal community in West Virginia. Members of the bench and bar have provided important counsel and advice to the law school community, which has enhanced the continued success in providing quality legal education.

“My debt to the College of Law is all encompassing. The success I have enjoyed in my legal and judicial career is entirely due to the legal education I received at the WVU College of Law,”said RobertBruceKing, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit and chair of the College of Law Quasquicentennial Celebration Committee.”I am honored to serve as chair of the Quasquicentennial Celebration Committee as we honor and pay tribute to the College of Law’s notable 125 years of providing quality legal education in West Virginia.”

“On behalf of members of the judiciary, the bar and the Committee, we are honored that our kickoff celebration is being held in our capital city of Charleston at the incomparable Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse,”King said.

The WVU College of Law Quasquicentennial Kickoff Celebration is co-sponsored by the Kanawha County Bar Association.