SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman will address Shepherd University's class of 2010 at the school's May 15 commencement.
Workman also will receive an honorary doctorate from the university.
Workman became the first woman elected to the court in 1988 and the first woman elected to a statewide office. A native West Virginian, Workman received her law degree in 1974 from the West Virginia University College of Law.
Her father was a coal miner whose ancestors were among the first settlers of Boone County. Justice Workman attended Kanawha County public schools and was the first in her family to go to college.
After receiving her law degree, she served as assistant majority counsel to the U.S. Senate Public Works Committee, chaired by Sen. Jennings Randolph of West Virginia. She returned to West Virginia to work as a law clerk to the 13th Judicial Circuit. In 1976, she served as an advance person in the Carter presidential campaign and later worked on the campaign staff of U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller.