Richard M. Yurko, Jr. to lead Board of Directors

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Steptoe & Johnson is pleased to announce that Richard M. Yurko, Jr., has been elected Chairman of the Board of the West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities.

An attorney resident in the Clarksburg, WV office of Steptoe & Johnson, "Dink" Yurko serves as the firm's Education Law Team leader. He concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law litigation and insurance fraud. Yurko has tried over 50 jury cases throughout the State of West Virginia and in federal court and has argued appeals in the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Yurko is actively involved with the Employment Law Committee of the West Virginia State Bar, the Center for Professional Responsibility of the American Bar Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Defense Research Institute, and the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia. He is a former member of the Board of Governors -Young Lawyers Section of the West Virginia State Bar, as well as a former member of the Board of Directors for the Harrison County Bar Association. Yurko also assists the Education Committee of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Education Committee of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce.

Yurko is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy (B.S.), West Virginia University (M.P.A.), and West Virginia University College of Law (J.D.). Named the 2002 Lawyer Citizen of the Year by the West Virginia State Bar Foundation, Yurko is included in the legal publication, The Best Lawyers in America®.

About Steptoe & Johnson
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a business-focused firm with particular strengths in energy, labor, employment and litigation. It comprises over 180 lawyers resident in eight locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. For nearly a century, Steptoe & Johnson has demonstrated its commitment to quality, devoting personal attention, experience, skill, and resources to client-focused service.

About the WVICU
In 1951, a group of business leaders joined forces with West Virginia's independent colleges to create and promote the work of liberal arts colleges in the state. Corporate leaders believed that a collaborative effort for raising funds would strengthen the colleges and build a foundation for obtaining necessary resources. WVICU, now celebrating its 58th year, provides undesignated and designated support to its nine fully accredited members. Since 1951, the consortium has provided over $34 million to the colleges it serves. WVICU is particularly proud of its Circle of Vision program which, during 2009, provided financial aid to 229 students.

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