|Robin Jean Davis|
|Current Court Information:|
|Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia|
|Title: || Chief Justice|
|Active: || 1996-2024|
|Chief: || 1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2014|
|Past position: || Attorney in private practice|
|Past term: || 1982-1996|
|Born: || 4/6/1956|
|Party: || Democratic|
|Undergraduate: || West Virginia Wesleyan College, 1978|
|Law School: || West Virginia University, 1982|
|Grad. School: || West Virginia University, 1982|
|Candidate for: ||Supreme Court|
|State: ||West Virginia|
|Election information 2012:|
|Primary date: ||May 8, 2012|
|Primary vote: ||28%|
|Election date: ||November 6, 2012|
|Election vote: ||27.11%|
Robin Jean Davis is the chief justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court. She was elected to the court in a partisan election in 1996 and was re-elected in 2000. Her current term expires in 2024. Davis also previously served as chief justice of the court in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, and 2010.
Davis received her undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1978, and both her master's degree and J.D. from West Virginia University in 1982.
After graduating from law school, Davis went into private practice until 1996, when she joined the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
Awards and associations
- 2008: Graduate of Distinction Award, West Virginia Education Alliance
- 2002: Distinguished West Virginian Award, from Governor Cecil H. Underwood
- 1993: Inducted into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- 1991-1996: Member, West Virginia Board of Law Examiners
On June 1, 2011, Davis announced that she would seek re-election to the West Virginia Supreme Court in 2012.
Davis was one of two candidates to advance from the Democratic primary on May 8. Davis won re-election in the general election on November 6, winning 27.11% of the vote.
- See also: West Virginia judicial elections, 2012
- See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices
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. Davis received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.31, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is less 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 an academic gauge of various factors.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 West Virginia Judiciary, "Justice Robin Jean Davis biography"
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "Chief Justice Robin Jean Davis (WV)"
- ↑ The State Journal, "Justice Will Run for Re-Election in 2012," June 1, 2011 (dead link)
- ↑ West Virginia Secretary of State, "2012 Unofficial General Election Results"
- ↑ Herald Dispatch, "Davis, Chafin win Dem WV Supreme Court primaries," May 8, 2012
- ↑ West Virginia Secretary of State, "Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals Candidates"
- ↑ Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012