Members of the State Bar are automatically subscribed to an email list that includes a weekly email named the Bar Blast. Additionally there are annual membership reminders and other important informational emails that will be sent to you using this service. Unsubscribing from this mailing list may prevent you from receiving reminder emails regarding your membership status or other important bar related information.
The State Bar also has a separate advertising mailing list. The State Bar provides State Bar members’ names and postal addresses to select outside entities so that State Bar members receive information or promotional materials by mail that may interest them. Although emails can be sent via this list, email addresses are not provided. You may unsubscribe from this list but remain subscribed to the “official” Bar Blast service.
If you are a member of the State Bar, and are not receiving notices from the Bar, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to re-subscribe to the email mailing list.
Members of the State Bar are required to maintain a current mailing address, phone number, email address, and firm/organization name to be used for State Bar purposes.
A member may use his/her account at www.mywvbar.org to change his or her address of record, phone number, etc. Some changes may only be made by State Bar staff. A member’s firm name, address of record, phone and fax numbers, date of admission, Bar number, FRD reporting regarding malpractice insurance and membership status are public information.
Non-Member User Profiles
Out-of-state Lawyers who are applying for pro hac vice admission and firm administrators are required to maintain a current email address. A user who has registered online may use the account to change certain contact information. The information provided is used for regulatory purposes of the State Bar and is public information.
You are solely responsible for all use of the website under your password or through your account. If you forget your password or suspect unauthorized use of your account, you must inform the State Bar immediately. The State Bar will not be liable for any loss or damage resulting from your failure to safeguard your password and account. Users are asked to use a strong password in order to safeguard your information. The State Bar does not have any access to view members passwords. To request a temporary password go to https://www.mywvbar.org/user/password. You will be directed to a site where you can select your new password.
Online Financial Transactions
The State Bar does not store any credit card information on its membership database or website. The State Bar uses a third party vendor (Authorize.net) to process credit card transactions.
Membership Reporting and Fee Notifications
Active members of the State Bar are required to report FRD and IOLTA compliance information and pay membership fees every fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). A large orange postcard is mailed to all members in June of each year. The card contains instructions on how to complete the membership requirements online or by paper. The State Bar no longer sends paper invoices by standard mail. Multiple reminder emails are included in the “official” Bar Blast. As the September 1, deadline approaches, email are sent to those members who have not completed their annual reporting and/or fee payment requirements. On the 1st day of September (depending on the Labor Day holiday) of each year, penalties will be added to delinquent member accounts as provided in the State Bar By-Laws and Administrative Rules.
Firms/Organizations with five (5) or more State Bar members are able to assign a firm administrator who can submit information online on behalf of the entire organization. This information will be populated to each firm member’s record. Although this information is being submitted on the member’s behalf, the member is still responsible to make sure that all information was submitted correctly and on time. Members who use a firm administrator are still subject to all late penalties. For more information on Firm Administrators go to http://www.wvbar.org/members/firm-administrators/.
Disclaimer of Liability
The West Virginia State Bar presents the information on this web site as a service to our members and other Internet users. While the information on this site is about legal issues, it is not legal advice. Moreover, due to the rapidly changing nature of the law and the Bar’s reliance on information provided by outside sources, the Bar makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content at this site or at other sites to which The Bar’s links.