Morgantown Lawyer's Faith Shapes His Crusade to Fight Oppression

Mar 20, 2014

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.

Morgantown Lawyer Allan Karlin
Credit Ben Adducchio / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

We continue our series on the Jewish community in West Virginia, with a story about a Morgantown lawyer whose Jewish faith has contributed to his life's passion.

Allan Karlin came to Morgantown in 1974, to work as a lawyer in rural communities. His mission was to fight oppression and represent those who were struggling in the face of it.

Karlin's areas of practice include: employment law, civil rights and personal injury.

"There's a concept in Judaism that if you save one life, you have saved the world," Karlin said.

"In little ways, I think that it's important for people to find ways in their own lives, to make the world a better place. If I can inspire one person to do that, that's good enough for me."

Listen to the audio for the full story.