Citizen Soldier, Young Lawyer of the Year, and Mentor of the Year Nominations

Nominations for Citizen Soldier, Young Lawyer of the Year, and Mentor of the Year are due no later than March 6, 2017.
Citizen Soldier Nominations:
The 2017 Citizen Soldier Award will be presented at the 2017 Annual Gathering of The West Virginia State Bar at the Charleston Marriott. To obtain information regarding the awards process click here.
Young Lawyer of the Year Nominations
The 2017 Young Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented at the 2017 Annual Gathering. To obtain information regarding the awards process click here.
Mentor of the Year Nominations
The 2017 Mentor of the Year Award will be presented at the 2017 Annual Gathering. To obtain information regarding the awards process click here.

1L Mentoring Program on January 19, 2017, at the WVU College of Law

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, West Virginia State Bar, and West Virginia University College of Law hosted the kick-off reception for the 1L Mentoring Program on January 19, 2017, at the WVU College of Law.

Election of Members to the YLS Executive Committee – Districts 6-10

Click here for the Nominating Petition

The West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors provides for the selection of a Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee to be elected by the Young Lawyers membership for a three‑year term.  One Executive Committee member is elected from each State Bar District, with the exception of District 8 where two Executive Committee members are elected.  This year, elections will be held in State Bar Districts 6 through 10.

Nominations for Executive Committee membership are made by written petition signed by, not less than, 10 Young Lawyers of the same district in which they and the nominee have their principal offices for the practice of law.  Where there are fewer than ninety (90) young lawyers in a District, the signature of ten percent (10%) shall be sufficient.  The counties comprising the Districts are:

6 – McDowell & Mingo (2 required to nominate)
7 – Boone, Logan & Lincoln (2 required to nominate)
8 – Kanawha – (10 required to nominate)
9 – Raleigh & Wyoming (4 required to nominate)
10 – Mercer, Summers & Monroe (2 required to nominate)

The Young Lawyers Section consists of all State Bar members who have been in the practice of law for less than 10 years and/or are 35 years of age or younger.

A nominating petition is located on the back of this page.  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 February 10, 2017 by the Executive Director, 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.  Note that the By-Laws states, in pertinent part: No member shall sign more than one nominating petition in any year.

All new Young Lawyer Section members will be required to attend training on March 27, 2017, beginning at 10 am at the State Bar Center in Charleston.  If you cannot participate in person you can arrange to participate via video conference.  Attendance at the Annual Meeting on April 2 at 11 am in Charleston is also required.

If I may provide you with additional information about the Young Lawyers Section and its activities, or about the election process, please do not hesitate to contact me at 304.553.7228 or by e-mail at caseya@wvbar.org.

Election of Members to the Board of Governors – Districts 6-10

Click here for the Nominating Petition

The By‑Laws of The West Virginia State Bar provide for the election of a member to the Board of Governors for a three‑year term from State Bar Districts 6 through 10.  One Governor is elected from each State Bar District, with the exception of District 8 where four Governors are elected.

Nominations for the Board shall be by written petition signed by, not less than, 10 members of the same district in which they and the nominee have their principal offices for the practice of law.  Where there are fewer than ninety (90) members in a district, the signature of ten percent of the members shall be sufficient. The counties comprising the electing districts are:

6  – McDowell & Mingo (6 required to nominate)
7  – Boone, Logan & Lincoln (8 required to nominate)
8  – Kanawha – (10 required to nominate)
9  – Raleigh & Wyoming (10 required to nominate)
10 – Mercer, Summers & Monroe (10 required to nominate)

A nominating petition is located on the back of this page.  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 February 10, 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.

All new Board of Governors members will be required to attend training on March 27, 2017, beginning at 10 am at the State Bar Center in Charleston.  If you cannot participate in person you can arrange to participate via video conference.  Attendance at the Annual Meeting on April 2 at 11 am in Charleston is also required.

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 contact me at 304.553.7228 or by email at caseya@wvbar.org.

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.