Litigating Constitutional Rights
Robert J. Frank, is a litigation attorney who has litigated numerous cases involving constitutional rights. This experience is essential in a West Virginia Supreme Court Justice.
I’m Robert J. Frank. I am a candidate for the position of Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court. Throughout my 28-year legal career I have litigated numerous cases involving the application of constitutional rights. The experiences I have are necessary in a West Virginia Supreme Court Justice.
All of the candidates running for Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court will acknowledge the importance of the Constitution, and of constitutional rights. Yet, how experienced are they in actually litigating complex civil rights and constitutional issues?
I am an experienced civil rights attorney who has litigated numerous cases involving constitutional rights in courts throughout the United States. I litigated my first civil rights case in 1990. I am a member of the American Bar Association Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities. I am a member of the American Association for Justice Civil Rights Section and have served on the AAJ Civil Rights Executive Committee. I was editor of the AAJ Civil Rights newsletter. While in law school, I served as Vice President of the University of Iowa student chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, an organization of conservatives and libertarians seeking reform of the current American legal system in accordance with a textualist or originalist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.
I am experienced in multiple and differing aspects of Constitutional law. I have represented a young hunter in Pennsylvania expelled from school for wearing a pro-Second Amendment NRA t-shirt; protecting his First Amendment right to advocate in favor of the Second Amendment. I have represented union members and college students in First Amendment right to association claims. I have represented Observant Jews and Christian Churches in First Amendment freedom of religion claims. I have represented land owners affected by unconstitutional zoning practices, and am one of the few attorneys in West Virginia evaluating cases under the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
I have represented numerous persons in cases arising from Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment claims of unlawful seizure or illegal use of force. These have included the representation of Department of Corrections officers in a use of force incident; as well as being Co-lead counsel in the wrongful death case stemming from the murder of famed rapper Biggie Smalls. I have represented clients on Fifth and Eighth Amendment issues as well.
The Constitution is important. Shouldn’t a Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court have actually litigated a constitutional claim?
Robert J. Frank is an experienced Constitutional rights litigator. This type of experience is essential in a West Virginia Supreme Court Justice.
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