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|Current Court Information:|
|Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia|
|Undergraduate:||Ohio University, 1964|
|Law School:||West Virginia University, 1967|
Upon graduation, Ketchum started working at Greene, Ketchum & Baker. He spent more than 40 years at the firm, eventually becoming the senior partner. 
Awards and associations
- 1989-2008: Recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America"
- 2002-2008: Member, Board of Governors of Marshall University
- Former member, American College of Trial Lawyers
- Former member, American Board of Trial Advocates
- Former Board Member, Public Defender Corporations for the Sixth and 24th Judicial Circuits
- Former member, Huntington Urban Renewal Authority 
In a three-way race for two seats, Ketchum received the most votes. He won his seat by earning 34.8% of the vote. 
In the race for West Virginia Supreme Court, Ketchum had raised $787,748 as of August 15, 2008. He provided $490,000 of this funding himself. Lawyers and Lobbyists made up the second largest industry in giving, at $101,121, or 12.8% of the total.
|“||"My judicial philosophy is really quite simple," said Ketchum, in the West Virginia Record. "I believe it is the function of judges to even-handedly apply the law rather than to make the law. If I'm fortunate enough to be elected, I want to be known as a fair-minded Justice who puts the law before politics or ideology. I will do my best to see that our citizens and corporations receive equal treatment before the court and that criminals - especially violent ones - receive the punishment they deserve. I want to be a fair judge to all of the people."||”|
After a wave of criticism, Ketchum decided to recuse himself from the case MacDonald v. City Hospital. The case focuses on the constitutionality of West Virginia's Medical Professional Liability Act, which limits non-economic medical damages to $500,000. Ketchum was very vocal of his support of the law during the 2008 Supreme Court campaign. Though the judge does not believe it mandatory that he recuse in this instance, he said, "I don't want our Court to be publicly maligned by those with a 'win-at-all-cost' mentality. I disqualify myself from the case." 
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of State Supreme Court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Ketchum received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.4, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.35 that justices received in West Virginia. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice but rather, an academic gauge of various factors.
- West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, Justice Menis Ketchum
- Project Vote Smart, Justice Menis E. Ketchum (WV)
- AARP, "Supreme Court Rules W.Va. Firm Missed Deadline in Contract Dispute", June 20, 2010
- The Newspaper, "West Virginia Supreme Court: Turn Signal Optional on Empty Road", May 6, 2009
- West Virginia Public Broadcasting, "Ketchum makes claims that are wrong", April 23, 2008
- Charleston Daily Mail, "W.Va. justices got this one right," July 5, 2011
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, Justice Menis Ketchum
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, Justice Menis E. Ketchum (WV)
- ↑ Menis Ketchum's bio
- ↑ The Charleston Gazette, "Ketchum, Workman win seats on West Virginia Supreme Court", November 6, 2008
- ↑ Follow the Money: Menis Ketchum
- ↑ West Virginia Record
- ↑ The Blog at Legal Times, "West Virginia Justice Reverses Self, Recuses in Malpractice Case," September 27, 2010
- ↑ Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
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