The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion announces the 2013 Neil S. Bucklew Lifetime Achievement Award to WVU Law Professor Franklin Cleckley.
A native of Huntington, West Virginia, Professor Cleckley received his Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1965. Professor Cleckley joined the faculty at the West Virginia University College of Law in 1969. In 1994, former Governor Gaston Caperton appointed Professor Cleckley to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals – the first African-American Justice in West Virginia history. He has been an advocate for civil rights.