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January 3, 2017
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Huntington is hosting TLC each Tuesday 
in January 2017

Tuesday Legal Connect (TLC) is a partnership between Legal Aid of West Virginia and the West Virginia State Bar taking place every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We need 3 pro bono attorneys on each Tuesday in January to take phone calls from the general public about basic legal issues and give out general legal information (not advice or representation) for which you get pro bono hours. We provide dinner and brief training on how the program runs, and what to expect thirty minutes prior to phones starting to ring at 6:00 so you will be prepared.

For all volunteers: Please come to 1005 Sixth Avenue where Legal Aid of West Virginia has the privilege of hosting Tuesday Legal Connect as it is no longer hosted at the bar. Please contact Cheryl Plybon if you have any questions comments or concerns at 304-697-2070 ext 2514 or cplybon@lawv.net

Notice of Proposed Amendments to the Local Rules for Civil Procedure Opportunity for Public Comment
The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia has completed a draft of proposed amendments to the Local Rules of Civil Procedure. A redline version and related documents have been published on the Court’s website at www.wvsd.uscourts.gov. The Court invites your comments through Monday, January 23, 2017. Please be advised that following a review of all comments received, the Court anticipates adoption of the proposed rules with an effective date of February 1, 2017. Note: Proposed Revisions to the Criminal Rules are being developed but will be published for comment at a later time.
Please send your specific comments, concerns or suggestions, along with your name, e-mail address and telephone number, to Teresa L. Deppner, Clerk of the U. S. District Court, at terry_deppner@wvsd.uscourts.gov, or in writing to Post Office Box 2546, Charleston, WV 25329.
Upcoming Events

January 12, 2017
West Virginia Working Together Conference
Location:
University of Charleston – Geary Student Union
Sponsor: West Virginia Public Accountants Association, West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, West Virginia Tax Institute, West Virginia State Tax Department, The West Virginia State Bar and The Internal Revenue Service

January 23, 2017
Guardian Ad Litem: Child Abuse and Neglect Training
Location:
Charleston Marriott Town Center in Charleston, WV.
Sponsor: West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
CLE: 8.1 MCLE credits .9 are considered Office Management

January 24, 2017
Guardian Ad Litem: Family Court Training
Location:
Charleston Marriott Town Center in Charleston, WV.
Sponsor: West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
CLE: 8 MCLE credits

February 9, 2017 – 9a.m.-12:30p.m. – SAVE THE DATE
Fundamentals of Family Law 
Location:  

WV State Bar Center & Online
Sponsor: WV State Bar Family Law Committee
CLE: 4.2 General Credits (Pending)
More Information Coming Soon

April 2-3, 2017
The West Virginia State Bar Annual Conference & Meeting
Location:

The Marriott – Charleston, WV
Registration Opens January 4, 2017
Topics
  • Legal Research in the 21st Century – Christina Steinbrecker Jack, Fastcase
  • Reflecting on Environmental Enforcement: The Advent of Mega Cases – John Cruden, Former Assistant Attorney General US Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • An update from the ABA – Linda Klein, President of the American Bar Association
  • Criminal Law – Professor Douglas Berman, Professor – Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University
  • An Introduction to the New Era of Lawyer Assistance Program – Robert Albury, Jr, Director WV Lawyer Assistance Program
  • A Panel Discussion of Practicing Law in WV from the perspective of Women Attorneys – Judge Stephanie Thacker, United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals; Justice Elizabeth Walker, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia; Cheryle Hall, West Virginia Court of Claims; Dina M. Mohler, Office of General Counsel, Charleston Area Medical Center

2017 State Bar Annual Gathering – Registration Now Open!

The West Virginia State Bar’s Annual Gathering is the ideal venue to reconnect with lawyers and friends – and to build new relationships – all while enjoying Charleston, West Virginia. Take advantage of excellent Marriott accommodation rates offered only to our members.* All are encouraged to attend the State Bar’s Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, April 2, where Fifty Year Bar Members, Past Presidents of the State Bar and award winners for both the State Bar and Legal Aid of West Virginia will be recognized. On Monday, April 3, obtain 6.1 CLE credits (including 2 in Law Office Management and Substance Abuse) at presentations by our Judiciary and several nationally recognized presenters, including the American Bar Association’s current President, Linda Klein.

Notice of Proposed Amendments to the Local Rules for Civil Procedure Opportunity for Public Comment

The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia has completed a draft of proposed amendments to the Local Rules of Civil Procedure. A redline version and related documents have been published on the Court’s website at www.wvsd.uscourts.gov. The Court invites your comments through Monday, January 23, 2017. Please be advised that following a review of all comments received, the Court anticipates adoption of the proposed rules with an effective date of February 1, 2017. Note: Proposed Revisions to the Criminal Rules are being developed but will be published for comment at a later time.
Please send your specific comments, concerns or suggestions, along with your name, e-mail address and telephone number, to Teresa L. Deppner, Clerk of the U. S. District Court, at terry_deppner@wvsd.uscourts.gov, or in writing to Post Office Box 2546, Charleston, WV 25329.

Notice of Potential Scam Involving Correspondence from Office of Disciplinary Council

The WV Office of Disciplinary Council has advised that bar members in Pennsylvania, Texas and Maryland have reported receiving an email claiming a grievance has been filed against them and giving them 10 days to respond. The email invites them to “click here” for more information.

None of the disciplinary agencies are responsible for these emails. The link loads a malicious software called ransomware on your computer that blocks computer access until a sum of money is paid.

We are no aware of any similar scams in WV, however, be alert. If you receive this type of email, delete it immediately. If you have any questions about any emails received from the Office of disciplinary council, contact that office at www.wvodc.org or 304-558-7999. Do not click on any links.

New Member Benefit – LawPay

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The West Virginia State Bar is excited to present a new member benefit. Endorsed by 45 states, and more than 50 local bar associations, LawPay is proud to be the preferred payment partner of more than 35,000 law firms. Designed specifically for the legal industry, LawPay provides attorneys with a simple, secure, and online way to accept credit cards in their practice.

Additionally, LawPay understands the unique compliance and financial requirements placed on attorneys, which is why the LawPay platform was designed specifically to correctly separate earned and unearned payments, giving you peace of mind that your credit card transactions are always handled correctly.

For more than a decade, LawPay has made it as easy as possible for attorneys to receive payment for their services.

 

To learn more about LawPay, visit Membership Benefits page, visit www.lawpay.com/wvbar or call 866-376-0950.

 

Members who use LawPay should confirm that the use is done in compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct.