Judge Kurt Hall Presides Over ALMBS Inauguration

Judge Hall is a native of Brunswick, Ohio. He has a bachelor’s degree (1990) in Mining Engineering Technology from Fairmont State University and worked as a project engineer/Certified Mine Foreman’s Assistant before earning a law degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 1995.

Judge Hall was elected to a new seat in the Twenty-Sixth Judicial Circuit (Lewis and Upshur Counties) in May 2016. He took office on January 1, 2017.

He was a law clerk in an Elkins law firm, a public defender in the Second Judicial Circuit (Marshall, Tyler, and Wetzel Counties) and then a Randolph County assistant prosecuting attorney. He was an assistant prosecuting attorney in Harrison County for eleven years before then-Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed him to the circuit bench in the Twenty-Sixth Judicial Circuit (Lewis and Upshur Counties) in 2013. He served sixteen months but was unsuccessful in retaining the seat in the 2014 election.

Judge Kurt Hall

Judge J. Lewis Marks, Jr.

Judge Marks was born and raised in Clarksburg. He attended Harrison County public schools and has a 1974 political science degree from West Virginia University and a 1977 law degree from West Virginia College of Law.

He practiced law in Clarksburg from 1977 to 1996, concentrating in the area of criminal and civil trials.

He was appointed by then-Governor Gaston Caperton to the bench in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (Harrison County), taking office on February 1, 1996. He was elected in 1996, 2000, and 2008. He has served as chief judge several times during his tenure on the bench.

He is a member of the West Virginia Judicial Association, the West Virginia State Bar, and the Harrison County Bar Association.

He received the 2000 Outstanding Judicial Service Award from the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He has been assigned to sit on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia as a temporary justice

Judge Gina Groh Gives the Oath of Office to ALMBS Elected Officials

Judge Gina Groh

Judge Gina Groh graduated from Shephard University where she participated on the debate team.  She then attended WVU law school.  Started with a major law firm in Baltimore MD and returned to Martinsburg where she worked for Steptoe and Johnson.

She was then appointed assistant prosecutor in Jefferson County, WV and was appointed to fill the Circuit Judge position for Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties under Governor Joe Manchin III.

She was then nominated by Senator Jay Rockefeller to President Barack Obama to serve on the US District Court for the Northern District of WV, focusing on the Eastern Panhandle.  She is the first US District Judge to be appointed to the Eastern Panhandle Region that was native to the area.

Judge Groh was confirmed by a vote of 95-2 by the US Senate in March 2012.