West Virginia University alumnus and judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charles H. Haden II, has been honored by friends and members of the legal profession with the creation of a professorship in his name at the WVU College of Law.
The donors, who remain anonymous, have established the Charles H. Haden II Professorship of Law endowment. Their gifts were made to the WVU Foundation in conjunction with the Building Greatness Campaign, which concluded Dec. 31 and generated more than $300 million. The WVU Foundation is a private non-profit corporation that generates and provides support for West Virginia University.
“I have never witnessed such an outpouring of respect for one individual as has occurred in this effort,”said D. Lyn Dotson, the WVU Foundation’s vice president for development and campaign director.”Rarely is a person honored during his lifetime by so many who were willing to make gifts ranging from $500 to $15,000 in order to achieve the $250,000 requirement to endow a professorship. And the fact that the donors knew their names would remain anonymous until Judge Haden leaves the bench is extraordinary.”
The Haden Professor will be a full-time or visiting member of the faculty. The endowment will enable the law school to recognize outstanding teachers and researchers and continue to build a strong faculty. It also will provide financial support for the legal scholar and for his or her research.
“Judge Haden has a very distinguished career as a jurist and public servant and we are very pleased that his friends have decided to recognize his contributions in all three branches of the government by this professorship at our college of law,”said College of Dean John Fisher.”This professorship will enable us to recognize and support a member of our faculty who has distinguished him or herself in the academic community.”
Judge Haden earned a B.S. in Business Administration from WVU in 1958 and a J.D. from the WVU College of Law in 1961. In 2001 he received two of WVU ’s highest honors, the Order of Vandalia and the College of Law’s Justitia Officium. He served as president of the WVU Alumni Association from 1982-1983 and was named WVU ’s Outstanding Alumnus in 1986. He was a member of the College of Law faculty in 1967 and 1968. He received the college’s Gavel Award in 1973 and was named Alumnus of the Year in 1987 by the West Virginia Law Review.
Judge Haden has been a practicing lawyer, teacher and public servant. He served in the state’s House of Delegates from 1963-1964 and as state tax commissioner from 1969-1972. He was elected justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in 1972 and served as chief justice in 1975. He also was selected in 1975 as the state’s outstanding appellate jurist and in 1982 as the state’s outstanding trial judge, both by the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
President Gerald Ford on Nov. 21, 1975, appointed Haden as U.S. District Judge for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia and he served as chief judge of the Southern District of West Virginia from May 1982 to December 2002. He chaired the West Virginia Public Schools Study Commission of 1987 and was West Virginia’s chair of the Bicentennial Commission of the U.S. Constitution. He was president of the Fourth Circuit District Judges Association from 1983-1985. In 1997 he was elected as the Fourth Circuit District Judge Representative to the U.S. Judicial Conference, becoming the first West Virginia judge to serve. On appointment of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, he chaired the executive committee from 2000-2002.
A Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and WV Bar Foundation, he is a member of the State Bar, WV Bar and American Bar Association and since 1986 the WVU Foundation Board of Directors. He has served as a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Council, the Visiting Committees of the College of Law and School of Medicine, and the Monongalia County Board of Education.
A native of Morgantown, Judge Haden practiced law in partnership with his late father, Charles Haden, in the firm of Haden and Haden in Morgantown from 1961-1969.
He married Priscilla Ann Miller on June 2, 1956. She is a retired school teacher, guidance counselor and county school board president, who currently serves on the West Virginia Board of Education.
The Hadens, who reside in Charleston, have three adult children and 10 grandchildren.