On Friday, March 24, 2023, the Supreme Court of Appeals of the State of West Virginia ruled on the Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel’s petition seeking to disbar David H. Hummel, Jr. on consent and requesting the Court to accept the annulment of Hummel’s license to practice of law in the State of West Virginia.

The case is styled ‘Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel vs. David W. Hummel, Jr.’, case #23-92.

Hummel, a former state Judge of the 2nd Judicial Circuit was issued an admonishment by the Judicial Investigation Commission on December 2, 2022, pursuant to an Agreement entered into by Hummel and the Judicial Disciplinary Counsel in which they jointly agreed to an admonishment by the Judicial Investigation Commission (JIC) concerning the allegations of judicial misconduct against Hummel including the questioning of children during an in camera hearing, displaying a weapon while on the bench, and failing to follow the Supreme Court Policy regarding funds meant for the 2nd Circuit Adult Drug Court.

According to the Order, a formal affidavit, under seal, was submitted by Hummel, setting forth his consent to the Office of Lawyer’s Disciplinary Counsel’s petition for his disbarment.

In light of the foregoing facts, the Court ruled in favor of the petition.

The disposition reads:

“It is ORDERED that pursuant to Rule 3.25 of the Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure, the license to practice law in the State of West Virginia of the respondent, David W. Hummel, Jr., is annulled by voluntary consent.”

Mr. Hummel Jr. earned his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, graduating in 1995. He has been licensed in West Virginia. His info can be found on Ballotpedia.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.