Bar Blast – February 7, 2017

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April 2-3, 2017 | Charleston Marriott
Includes CLE Seminars, Annual Banquet and Reception
Includes CLE Seminars Only
Includes Annual Banquet Only
February 7, 2017
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The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is accepting resumes for the position of General Counsel.  Responsibilities include providing advice, counsel and assistance to the Court and its Administrative Director.  Minimum qualifications include at least 10 years of experience as a licensed attorney and a current license to practice law in the State of West Virginia.  Familiarity with Court rules and procedures and administrative law is strongly preferred.  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Submit resume and cover letter detailing qualifications, employment history and references to Gary L. Johnson, Interim Administrative Director, State Capitol Complex, Room E-100,  Charleston, West Virginia 25305 or by email to  Resumes accepted until position is filled.  Preference given to resumes received on or before February 15, 2017.

The Supreme Court of Appeals is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Legal Aid Wants Your Ideas: Brief Survey
What kinds of cases and problems do you feel Legal Aid of West Virginia should be handling?  We are developing a new Strategic Plan to guide our work over the next several years.  We are asking lawyers and judges to complete a short (just 5 questions!) online survey.  Click the link below to start the survey.  It should not take more than 5 minutes to finish.
Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bruce Perrone at Legal Aid of West Virginia, 304-343-4481 ext. 2127 or email

New Version of Fastcase Available
The West Virginia State Bar is proud to announce that Fastcase 7 is now available to all members. New features include searching across all source types, improved Forecite, bottomless search results, and more. Members still have access to the “classical” version of Fastcase. Go to

Veterans Legal Assistance – Lawyer Referral Service
The Veterans and Military Affairs Committee is looking for practitioners who are interested in being included in the Bar’s online Lawyer Referral Service on matters included under the general topic of “Veterans’ Legal Assistance.”  If you would like to be included, please click here to register.  If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact Committee Co-Chairperson Lew Brewer at (321) 543-3936 or

Pro Bono Assistance Needed

The West Virginia State Bar needs more volunteers to sign up to provide pro bono basic legal advice on West Virginia Online Legal Help (WVOLH).  WVOLH is a website where low-income West Virginians can post questions about their civil legal needs.  Volunteer attorneys answer those questions by providing basic information, legal advice and referrals for free. Please go to and click on “Lawyers Sign Up” to sign up to volunteer.  We have almost 30 unanswered questions on the website and could use your help.

Parkersburg is hosting TLC each Tuesday 
in March 2017

Tuesday Legal Connect (TLC) takes place every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We need 3 pro bono attorneys on each Tuesday in March 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.

Please come to 327 Ninth Street, Parkersburg, WV where Legal Aid of West Virginia is hosting Tuesday Legal Connect. Please Call (304-485-7522 x 2914) or email ( to sign up.

Upcoming Events

February 9, 2017 – 9a.m.-12:00p.m.
Fundamentals of Family Law
FREE CLE (Registration is Required)

WV State Bar Center & Online
Sponsor: WV State Bar Family Law Committee
CLE: 3.6 Credits

April 2-3, 2017
The West Virginia State Bar Annual Conference & Meeting
Location: The Charleston Marriott Town Center – Charleston, WV
CLE: 6.1 credits. including 2 credits in Law Office Management and Substance Abuse
  • 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

May 18, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
Estate Planning Seminar
Location: Edgewood Country Club – Charleston, WV
Sponsor: WV State Bar Probate Law Committee, WV Bankers Association & WV Society of Certified Public Accountants.
More information coming soon!