West Virginia Judiciary

Chief Justice Allen H. Loughry II

Allen H. Loughry Jr.Chief Justice Allen H. Loughry II was elected to a twelve-year term on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in 2012 and elected by the Court in 2017 to serve a four-year term as Chief Justice. He was born in 1970 and is a native of Tucker County, West Virginia. He obtained four law degrees: an S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) from American University, Washington College of Law, where he had the distinction of being one of the first three people (and the only one from North America) to be admitted to the SJD program; an LL.M. (Master of Laws in Criminology and Criminal Justice) from the University of London; an LL.M. (Master of Laws in Law and Government) from American University, Washington College of Law; and a JD (Juris Doctor) degree from Capital University School of Law, where he graduated with the honor of Order of the Curia. On October 4, 2013, the American University, Washington College of Law awarded him its Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 1999, Chief Justice Loughry completed the program of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law through the American University, Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and the University of Utrecht, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights. He also studied law in England at the University of Oxford and received the program's top political science award. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from West Virginia University. While there, he served on the West Virginia University Judicial Board. Chief Justice Loughry was a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the West Virginia Attorney General's Office from 1997 to 2003. He served in both the Appellate and Administration Divisions and was appointed as a special prosecuting attorney on numerous occasions to handle criminal cases throughout West Virginia. Chief Justice Loughry has argued a significant number of cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court in addition to having argued or filed legal pleadings in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia and the Southern District of Florida, among other legal forums. Chief Justice Loughry served as a Special Assistant to U.S. Rep. Harley O. Staggers, Jr., and as a Direct Aide to West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton. In 1997, he completed a legal externship at the Ohio Supreme Court. He also served as a personal assistant to the Tucker County Prosecuting Attorney in 1988 and 1989. Additionally, he wrote for two newspapers (The Parsons Advocate and The Dominion Post of Morgantown) and was a freelance writer for The Associated Press. Chief Justice Loughry began working as a lawyer at the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in 2003. In 2006, his book, Don't Buy Another Vote, I Won't Pay for a Landslide, was published. It is a non-partisan look at West Virginia's history of political corruption. Forewords were written by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and the late U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV). Chief Justice Loughry began teaching political science at the University of Charleston in 2010. Due to his academic and professional background, Chief Justice Loughry is a frequent speaker on issues of government, ethics reform, politics, history, education, and the election process. In 2014, Chief Justice Loughry was the recipient of the Tuckineer Award, given to individuals for their civic commitment and service to Tucker County. In 2016 he received the McDowell County Liberty Bell Award. Chief Justice Loughry and his wife, Kelly, a native of Morgan County, West Virginia, have one son, Justus. They live in Charleston.