Election of Member to fill vacancy on the Board of Governors

A vacancy on the Board of Governors for District 3 has occurred. It is the decision of the State Bar Board of Governors that the vacancy should be filled by election of the members from that District. The member elected will serve until April of 2019.
Consistent with the bylaws for regular elections, nominations for the Board will be by written petition signed by not less than 10 members of District 3. Nominees must be active or active but not practicing members who have their principal office for the practice of law in District 3. The counties comprising District 3 are Calhoun, Gilmer, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood.

A nominating petition is included. A copy of the nominating petition can also be found on The State Bar website under the For Attorneys tab, under Forms. When signed by the requisite number of members, the petition must be received, by mail, email or fax no later than midnight December 7, 2017, by the Executive Director of The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, WV 25311-1231; caseya@wvbar.org; or fax 304.553.7228. If multiple copies of the petition are used, they must be sent together. At least one petition must bear the signature and acceptance of nomination by the member being nominated. Note that Article IV, Section 6, of the bylaws states, in pertinent part: No member shall sign more than one nominating petition in any year.
The new Board member will be required to attend all Board of Governor meetings through April of 2019, including the meeting of January 19, 2018.

If I may provide you with additional information about the Board of Governors and its activities, or about the election process,please do not hesitate to Anita Casey at 304.553.7228 or by email at caseya@wvbar.org.


FYI – Amazon Gift Cards

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Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 1:17 PM
Subject: FYI – Amazon Gift Cards (Do Not Click!)

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Bar Blast – November 7, 2017

November 7, 2017
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Opening on Worker’s Compensation Board of Review
Members of the Workers Compensation Board of Review Nominating Committee are accepting applications for a Board of Review opening.  Applications should be sent to Anita R. Casey, Executive Director, West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, West Virginia 25311 or to caseya@wvbar.org.  Applications must be RECEIVED by NOON on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. To review the legal authority, purpose, seat restrictions,  compensation and other information on the Board of Review click here.

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has a unique employment opportunity, available immediately – Associate Administrative Counsel.  The position reports directly to the Court’s Administrative Counsel and, under their direction, provides legal guidance to the Administrative Director of the Courts on all issues managed by the Administrative Office, including employment issues, contract issues, policy and procedural matters, management of outside counsel, and other legal tasks consistent with the management and administration of a 1400-employee entity. For more information click here and here.

Deputy Clerk of Court Position Announcement
 The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has a distinctive employment opportunity, available immediately — Deputy Clerk of Court.  The position reports directly to the Clerk of Court of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and is an integral part of the Office of the Clerk of Court. The Deputy Clerk assists the Clerk of Court with various aspects of court operations, including opinion and order processing, case management, and the effective use of information technology.  The Deputy Clerk also assists in the supervision of employees within the Office of the Clerk of Court, provides guidance and direction to the public and members of the Bar, and renders legal analysis with regard to court rules, lawyer admission and disciplinary matters, as well as other duties as assigned by the Clerk. Click here for more information.

 The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the First Family Court Circuit serving Ohio, Brooke, and Hancock Counties.    Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017.  The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is Tuesday, November 28, 2017.  Applications and instructions are available at www.governor.wv.gov.  For more information about the application process, please call Manda Bickoff at 304-558-2000.  Interviews will be held in Charleston on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Updates to IOLTA Reporting
 The State Bar has completed development of a new and improved IOLTA reporting system. This new system allows banks and attorneys to easily report and track IOLTA information. *Note for attorneys: the system will be fully implemented with the next two week; please check your IOLTA information on the member portal at mywvbar.org to ensure that all IOLTA information is complete and accurate.

Supreme Court Closure Notifications
When the State Bar receives notice about a courthouse or the Supreme Court being closed, a notice will be sent to you by email or text message, based upon the request you have made.  We have added a feature which allows you to select the counties for which you want to receive notice. If you would like to sign up for specific county notifications, please go to https://www.mywvbar.org/members/profile to update your “Supreme Court Notifications”.

Art Exhibition
The State Bar Center will be sponsoring an opening reception to showcase the work of Charleston Catholic High School seniors at the State Bar Center on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. The showcase is part of a continuing collaborative partnership between the State Bar and local high schools & colleges. Click here for more information

National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being 
The National Task Force Report and Recommendations are currently under review by The WV State Bar, The Court and WVJLAP to determine how best to proceed with the implementation of steps to facilitate a cultural shift within the legal profession (from law school to large firms and everything in between, including secured leave rules, CLE rules, lawyer discipline and other items).
To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer. The Report reveals that too many lawyers are experiencing chronic stress, high rates of depression and substance abuse.  These findings are incompatible with a sustainable legal practice, raising troubling implications for many members of the legal profession. For more information click here.
Upcoming Events

Free CLE: November 9, 2017
3-Hours General Credit
Host: WV State Bar Veterans and Military Affairs Committee
Beckley VA Medical Center
Clarksburg – Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center
Huntington VA Medical Center
Martinsburg VA Medical Center
State Bar Center in Charleston, WV
Online as a Video Conference
Speakers and Topics:
Matthew Kelly and Stephen Butera presenting “An overview of Department of Veterans Affairs and Associated Veterans Benefits” and “An Introduction to Veterans Benefits.”
Maj. Scott Applegate presenting “Howell Not to Muddle Up a Military Divorce.”

November 14, 2017
12:00-1:00 PM
Military Matters in Family Law
Host: Kanawha County Bench Bar Family Law
Location: Kanawha County Judicial Annex–Voters Regestration Room (Enter from Court Street)
Speaker: LTC Kelly Ambrose

Save the Date: January 24, 2018
3-Hours credit-Law office Management
Host: West Virginia State Bar
Location: Bowles, Rice office in Martinsburg and broadcast statewide via video conference.

Save the Date: April 8-9, 2018
West Virginia State Bar’s 2018 Annual Gathering at the Greenbrier
6-Hours CLE Credit

Art Exhibition

The State Bar Center will be sponsoring an opening reception to showcase the work of Charleston Catholic High School seniors at the State Bar Center on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. The showcase is part of a continuing collaborative partnership between the State Bar and local high schools & colleges. Click here for more information

Succession Plan

The West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Board, End of Practice Committee, announces the completion and approval of Establishing a Succession Plan:  A Guide to Protecting your Clients’ Interests in the Event of Your Disability, Retirement, or Death.  The Guide provides information on why and how to prepare for a planned, or unplanned, closure of your law practice.  The Guide provides checklists and forms, along with suggestions on how to best accomplish a closure of your practice as smoothly as possible for your clients, you and the loved ones you leave behind in the event of your death or disability.

Click here for the guide.

Questions regarding the Guide should be directed to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel at 304-558-7999.