Unbiased, Experienced, Accountable
I have worked as a lawyer for more than 20 years. Representing people from all walks of life, as well as organizations, has given me the ability to see an issue from many different perspectives, and find the proper path forward under the law. While many attorneys decide early on whether to work for individuals or defend business interests, and then do so for their entire careers, that can lead to a one-sided view of the law. This was not the path for me. I believe my diverse experience makes me the most qualified and balanced candidate in the Supreme Court election.
It is the responsibility of a Supreme Court Justice to preserve and protect the Constitution by making fair, impartial decisions based on the facts and the law—not politics, wealth, or status. A Supreme Court Justice must ensure that the Constitutional rights of all citizens are protected equally. The important work the Supreme Court does impacts the lives of everyday people as well as the flow of business that keeps our economy moving.
The duties of the Supreme Court are sacred to the Republic. The judiciary must be, and remain, an unbiased and nonpartisan third branch of government. I understand, respect, and honor these principles, and will decide all cases based on the facts and the law: nothing more, nothing less.
- A lawyer—not a politician—licensed to practice in West Virginia, Ohio, and California.
- Committed to fairness, integrity and respect for all West Virginians.
- Accountable—I will not waste the taxpayers' hard-earned money.
- A graduate of West Virginia University and the WVU School of Law.
- A West Virginian born and raised in Montgomery, Fayette County, now living in Charleston.
- Over 20 years of experience as a practicing lawyer handling cases in state, federal and administrative courts
- Handled cases involving complex issues of Constitutional law.
- Presented cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court and participated in appeals in federal court.
- Served as a Staff Attorney in the West Virginia State Legislature, so I understand how laws are made and the rules that must be followed when enacting them.
- Represented West Virginians from all walks of life, including employees, business owners, and state agencies.
- Served as an Administrative Law Judge for Workforce West Virginia, so I understand the plight of citizens who have lost their jobs and who have been hit with economic uncertainty.
- A diverse legal background which will allow me to consider both sides of a position and make decisions based on the facts and the law.
Why I Don’t Talk About Issues or Politics
Simply put, my personal opinions and beliefs do not matter.
A Supreme Court Justice must set personal opinions aside in order to fulfill his or her duties under the Constitution. This duty is so sacred that rules were enacted prohibiting judges from telling others how they would rule on any issues before hearing the facts and law. Justices may not even act in a way that would indicate they have a bias or preference to any party, political organization, or person. I take this responsibility of interpreting the law without political bias or personal belief very seriously. And, if elected, that is exactly what I will do — with fairness and accountability.
Thank you for your time. I humbly ask for your vote for Supreme Court Justice on November 6.
–Dennise Smith, candidate for West Virginia Supreme Court