New Martinsville native Cody Corliss was recently honored by the State of West Virginia with the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Award for his work promoting human rights.
Corliss currently serves as a war crimes prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, the Netherlands.
In that role, Corliss was part of the trial team prosecuting former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic for war crimes committed during the Balkan Conflict in the early 1990s, including genocide and crimes against humanity.
Corliss was specifically honored in the "Human and Civil Rights" category as an individual who has been involved in the pursuit of ensuring equality for others.
A graduate of Magnolia High School, Corliss holds a BA from Harvard University, an MA from the Universiteit Leiden where he was a Rotary Scholar, and a JD from Cornell Law School.
"I'm proud to join other outstanding West Virginians who have received this award," Corliss said.
"I'm particularly honored that the Commission selected me as a West Virginian who furthers the goals and ideals of Dr. King."
The West Virginia Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission develops, promotes, coordinates, approves, reviews and recommends activities to commemorate the birthday and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr.
It also encourages state, local and county governmental agencies, educational institutions, civic organizations and the general public to plan activities for observance of the holiday and to provide them with assistance and information.