So for the moment, Lin will not be able to call himself a West Virginia lawyer and his duties may be somewhat limited, but that will change soon.
All Lin has to do is undergo a background check and pass what amounts to an ethics exam. I'm told he'll get that done in another month or two.
Frankly, West Virginia could use some fresh blood. Too often our state, which continually suffers from an outward migration of talented people, settles into comfortable cronyism.
Over time, that breeds the belief that if you're not from here, we can't completely trust you. Whether we realize it or not, that creates a hostile atmosphere that is not conducive to the growth of our state.
And now, trying to pass a frivolous law that takes direct aim at a legitimate hire by a constitutional officer of the state can only fuel that hostility.
I don't know Elbert Lin, but his resume looks pretty good, and I'm looking forward to hearing from him.
Who knows? We might just learn something.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.