Patrick C. McGinley, a professor at the West Virginia University College of Law, can provide background and expert commentary on the effectiveness of regulation on coal mine safety.

McGinley served as a special assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Environmental Strike Force, where he was engaged in environmental enforcement and mine safety litigation.

In 1975 Professor McGinley joined the WVU College of Law faculty where he has taught courses in contracts, civil procedure, criminal, environmental, administrative, land use, natural resources, constitutional law and appellate advocacy as well as seminars in public access to information, environmental justice and U.S. Supreme Court litigation.

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 public information and administrative law. His most recent scholarship, “Climate Change and Coal: Exploring the Dark Side,” appears in Climate Change: A Reader (Carolina Academic Press, 2009).

McGinley can be contacted at 304-552-2631 or by e-mail at .