NEW STATE BAR OFFICERS AND MEMBERS

CHARLESTON, WV, APRIL 3, 2017: The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce new officers and members of The West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors for 2017-2018. New officers are Meshea L. Poore – President, Charleston; Frederick M. Dean Rohrig – President-Elect, Middlebourne; and Ann L. Haight – Vice-President, Charleston.

Newly Elected Members of the State Bar’s Board of Governors are: Teresa McCune, Williamson; Benjamin M. Mishoe, Madison; Robert M. Bastress, III, Charleston; L. Jill McIntyre, Charleston; Rory L. Perry, II, Charleston; James Carson Stebbins, Charleston; James M. Brown, Beckley; and Jerad K. Horne, Bluefield.

Newly elected officers of the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee are Shannon P. Smith – Chairperson, Morgantown; Linnsey Amores – Vice-Chairperson, Charleston; and Nicole A. Cofer – Secretary, Charleston.

New Members of the Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee are: William C. Duty, Williamson; Shana Lynn O’Briant Thompson, Logan; Ashton L. Bias, Charleston; Lori Counts-Smith, Charleston; Matthew Alan Bradford, Beckley; and W. Blake Belcher, Bluefield.

Email Spoofing

On Tuesday March 21st, State Bar President McGhee reported that fraudulent emails are being sent out to bar members using his email address. The individual that is sending these emails is requesting payment information via email. These emails are being “spoofed” the individual is using an unauthenticated email server. These emails should be deleted as soon as possible if you receive one. No phishing links were included in the email. The State Bar and its Board of Governors do not request payment information via email in any circumstance.

If you receive any emails similar to the event described above please contact Mike Mellace at mellacem@wvbar.org .

 

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.