Margaret Workman served on the Supreme Court of Appeals for almost twelve years, becoming the Court's first female Chief Justice. As a Judge, Workman developed a strong record of protection for abused and neglected children. During her judicial service, Justice Frank Cleckley stated that "Generations of West Virginia children will benefit by Justice Workman's work on the Court." She was also instrumental in developing court initiatives in the administrative arena. While Administrator of the W. Va. Court system, former Administrator Ted Philyaw stated "By all her administrative initiatives, Justice Workman taught me that court administration is more than keeping track of cases on the dockets." In the capacity of Chief Justice, Workman fostered a close working relationship between the court system and the domestic violence programs in the state. She formed the Task Force on Gender Fairness in the Courts, which focused no ways the court system could be more fair and neutral to both genders. She also created the Task Force on the Future of the Judiciary, which formulated proposals for moving the court system into this century.
Justice Workman has a record of being very hard-working. As a Circuit Court Judge, she inherited the largest backlog of cases in the state. By the time she left the Circuit Court, she had held more jury trials than any judge in West Virginia, and had reduced the backlog to the lowest in the circuit. That record continued on the Supreme Court. The Court heard record high numbers of cases during her tenure.
The hallmarks of her service on the Supreme Court were also fairness to all and impeccable integrity.
Justice Workman has received numerous awards for her service to West Virginia:
The Florence Crittendon State Award for her work on behalf of children;
The West Virginia University College of Law Justitia Officium Award for her contributions to the legal profession;
W. Va. Susan B. Anthony Award
W. Va. Prosecuting Attorneys Association award for work on behalf of child crime victims.
Honorary degrees from the University of Charleston & West Virginia State University.
Presidential Citation from W. Va. Institute of Technology