Franklin Cleckley

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Cleckley in September 2015

Franklin Dorrah Cleckley (August 1, 1940 – August 14, 2017) was an American lawyer. He was the Arthur B. Hodges Professor of Law at West Virginia University College of Law.[1] He taught at the law school from 1969 to 2013.[2] He held the endowed professorship emeritus.[1]

Cleckley was born in Huntington, West Virginia.

Cleckley became the first African-American to serve as a Justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals,[3] when Governor Gaston Caperton appointed him to the position in 1994.[2] Justice Cleckley served on the Court until 1996.[2]

Cleckley died at his home in Morgantown, West Virginia, on August 14, 2017, aged 77.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Emeriti Faculty | College of Law | West Virginia University". Law.wvu.edu. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Justice Franklin D. Cleckley Fellowship | WV Innocence Project | West Virginia University". Wvinnocenceproject.wvu.edu. May 19, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  3. "West Virginia's first African-American justice honored with WVU's Neil S. Bucklew Award for Social Justice". WVUToday. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  4. Former Justice Franklin Cleckley dies at 77