Youth Services System’s Board of Directors holds the Good Samaritan Dinner each year to recognize the accomplishments of someone who exemplified the example described in the parable. In answering the question of “Who is my neighbor?” the Good Samaritan sees another human being as a neighbor, not a stranger. The 2017 Good Samaritan is Jay T. McCamic.

Jay T. McCamic is from Wheeling without a doubt. On his law firm’s website, he starts by saying that “except for college, law school, and military service, Jay T. McCamic has been a resident of the Village of Bethlehem section of Wheeling’.  As a Marine Lieutenant, Jay was accompanied in the field by a radioman, carrying a bulky radio unit. One radio man after another fell behind the fast-moving Lt. McCamic. Finally, he resorted to carrying the unit himself. Even as a young Marine, Jay’s interest was in moving forward, not in burdening another.

Jay T. McCamic continued to serve in the Marines Reserve while attending West Virginia University College of Law. Selected to Moot Court to compete with other law students, Jay opted to work on real life law cases. In his second year, he led a team of law students to successfully write and argue a writ of mandamus petition before the West Virginia Supreme Court. As a third year law student, he worked on student-landlord disputes and he and a classmate successfully argued a case before Judge DePond in Monongalia County Circuit Court.

He is known for both his civil and criminal work. Although he has handled numerous cases in State court he is most known for his Federal Court cases. Jay has been recognized for his success in death penalty work and since 1998 he has been active in representing defendants facing the death penalty in federal courts in West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. He has taught at the WVU College of Law as a adjunct lecturer and he has been a frequent speaker at state and national legal education conferences, often on areas of criminal law and death penalty defense.

“He supports youth and those in need in his own way, without seeking recognition. Jay T. is a prime example of what being a Good Samaritan means,” adds John Moses, YSS CEO.

Jay T. McCamic serves on the board of Wesbanco, Inc. He is a past board member of Youth Services System, Inc. and a member of the YSS Emeritus Board.

The Board of Directors of Youth Services System will honor Jay T. McCamic on Friday, August 18 at their Good Samaritan Tribute Dinner, at Wheeling Park’s White Palace Ballroom. Information about Good Samaritan Dinner tickets is available from Youth Services System—call Holly Fox (304) 218-2847 or email hfox@ysswv.com.



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