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CHARLESTON, WV -

Charleston-area lawyers Joshua I. Barrett, Heather Heiskell Jones, J. Thomas Lane, John R. Lukens, Judge Stephanie D. Thacker and Steven F. White have been selected as West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows.

For 16 years, the Bar Foundation, the philanthropic organization for the legal profession, has selected “those lawyers whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession.”

This year’s class of 18 lawyers and judges joins some 300 individuals previously selected as Bar Foundation Fellows out of more than 5,000 judges and lawyers in West Virginia.

They were honored recently at a Bar Foundation Fellows dinner in Charleston.

Barrett, who lives in Charleston, has degrees from Wesleyan University and West Virginia University. He is a member of the board of governors of the West Virginia State Bar and president of the Legal Aid Society of Charleston.

He serves as president of Appalachian Legal Services and West Virginia Music Hall of Fame as well as Temple Israel.

Jones, of Charleston, holds degrees from WVU and the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond. She is president of the West Virginia Bar Foundation and secretary of the board of directors for the WVU Alumni Association. She’s also a member of the board of directors for the United Way of Central West Virginia.

Lane, a Charleston resident, earned degrees from Washington and Jefferson College and WVU.

He is an adjunct professor with the West Virginia University College of Law and president of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. He’s also served as president of the West Virginia Bar Association and Charleston City Council and as chairman of the Charleston Land Trust and Charleston Homeless Committee.

Lukens, who lives in Charleston, has degrees from WVU, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and editor-in-chief of the Law Review. He is a member of the West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Board and chairman of the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management. He’s a volunteer lawyer for Legal Aid of West Virginia and chairman of the board of directors of the Children’s Home Society.

Thacker, of Charleston, has degrees from Marshall University and WVU. She’s been awarded the U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award and the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award. She serves as judge in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

White, a South Charleston resident, has degrees from Ohio University; the University of Michigan, where he earned an MBA, and the University of Toledo. He is a Certified Public Accountant and chairman of the West Virginia State Board of Personnel. He is vice president of the West Virginia Bar Foundation and a member of the West Virginia Tourism Commission.