The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 10, 2006

Roslyn Clark Artis

Beckley woman meets opportunities head on

Just 11 years into her professional career, Roslyn Clark Artis has worn many hats.

A native of Springfield, Mass., Artis moved to Beckley when she was 2 years old.

After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1988, Artis pursued her college education at West Virginia State College in Institute and when she graduated three years later, moved to Canton, Ohio, and began working for Nationwide Insurance.

“I had a little time to kill to figure out what I wanted to do,” Artis said.

Just how short that “little” amount of time was became clear pretty quickly as Artis stayed only one year in Canton before moving back to West Virginia to attend law school at West Virginia University.

“I always wanted to go to law school,” she said. “Ideally, I was going to get out of school and work for a while, but it just so happened that along with admission, I got a scholarship so I was able to go right away.”

Influenced as many are by TV shows, Artis entered law school planning to pursue a career in criminal law.

“I got over that once I got there and realized there were so many different areas of law,” she said. “I abandoned criminal law pretty quickly and settled with civil litigation.”

During her time at WVU, Artis was also caring for her young son Christopher, who was 16- months-old when she started school.

“He went to more classes than some of my classmates,” she said with a laugh.

When Artis graduated from law school in 1995, she returned to Beckley and began working for Brown and Levicoff.

Although Artis stayed with the firm just 18 months before joining Bill Wooton’s firm to try her hand at plaintiff practice, she says she enjoyed the experience.

“I had the opportunity to argue before the Supreme Court in my first year in practice, which is unheard of for a new lawyer,” she said. “So that was a great opportunity.”

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