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Kilmer gift establishes bankruptcy law fund

The West Virginia University College of Law recently received a gift from attorney Douglas Kilmer '76 that will help prepare future bankruptcy lawyers.

The West Virginia University College of Law recently received a gift from attorney Douglas Kilmer '76 that will help prepare future bankruptcy lawyers.

The Douglas Kilmer Bankruptcy Law Fund will cover costs associated with establishing an advanced bankruptcy course at WVU Law. The fund will also provide a scholarship each year to a student who demonstrates excellence in bankruptcy law, either by receiving the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence or by excelling in bankruptcy-related classwork and extra-curricular activities.

“It is an honor to be able to provide this opportunity to encourage and reward students who may be interested in the practice of bankruptcy law,” Kilmer said. “It is my hope that this program will enhance the practice of bankruptcy law in West Virginia and inspire students to participate in this challenging but rewarding area of the law.”

Based in Charleston, West Virginia, Kilmer specializes in bankruptcy law. He is also a certified mediator in bankruptcy and debtor-creditor disputes.

Prior to private practice, Kilmer litigated in federal bankruptcy courts in West Virginia as a trial attorney in the Office of United States Trustees. He was also deputy general counsel for bankruptcy and compliance at the West Virginia Department of Revenue, where he developed and implemented policies on state tax law enforcement.

Kilmer earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from West Virginia University in 1973. He is from Hedgesville, West Virginia, and graduated from Hedgesville High School in 1969.

The gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the nonprofit organization that receives and administers private donations on behalf of the University.

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