Landlord Tenant FREE CLE Recording

Sponsor: WV State Bar
Presenters: Susana Duarte, Bruce Perrone and Sam Hanna

The West Virginia State Bar had a FREE CLE Seminar on September 27, 2017 at the State Bar Center in Charleston, WV. The seminar was also broadcasted statewide via phone and video conference.

Those watching this video as a recording will need to self report Online/AV CLE credits after the activity is completed.

Opportunities/Information to assist in Relief Efforts

October 17th, 2017 Flood Relief Seminar

Presenters & Topics:
Ann Haight – Warnings about contractors, price gouging, and charities
Tammy Bowles Raines – Flood Insurance
Thomas Hancock – Dealing with FEMA appeals
Kate White – Landlord/tenant and government benefits available in a disaster



Three Opportunities to assist in Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

September 7: One-Hour Briefing

Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: Disaster Assistance (FREE)

Historic rainfall and devastating destruction has left many in dire need of assistance. Register now for PLI’s One-Hour Briefing and learn what resources are available and how you can help.

Expert faculty will provide an overview of federal disaster assistance; discuss eligibility criteria for the Individual and Households Program; offer a broad overview of the National Flood Insurance Program; assist with understanding the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SFIP) and claims; explain appeal and judicial review regarding a denial of a flood insurance claim; share the most common reasons for FEMA denials and practice tips to help survivors overcome FEMA denials. Click here to Register


ABA Free On-Demand Resources

Disaster Relief: What Lawyers Can Do to Help Representing Disaster Survivors (Parts I & II)

Click Here to visit the ABA’s website and register for courses


Pro Bono Service Opportunity for Lawyers Nationwide to Help Hurricane Victims

We know that many lawyers across the nation would like to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. One way to help is to provide volunteer legal services through ABA/Texas Free Legal Answers. We have modified the ABA Free Legal Answers system in Texas to permit out of state attorneys to volunteer to answer Harvey related questions, per an order issued by the Texas Supreme Court permitting such service. Information on how to do this is offered in the attached flyer. Training resources are provided.

We would be grateful for your assistance in conveying this information to bar associations, law firms or attorneys interested in assisting Harvey victims.

Additionally, the ABA has created a web page with information about Harvey relief, including how to volunteer. Click here to visit the ABA’s web page

Joint Press Release: Free Legal Assistance Available for West Virginia Flood Victims

August 22, 2017 – A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available for victims of the recent storms and flooding in West Virginia. The service, which allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer, is a partnership between the West Virginia State Bar, Legal Aid of West Virginia, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Click Here for the Press Release

The Importance of Law Day and the 14th Amendment

The Importance of Law Day and the 14th Amendment

Lawyers, let’s share our passion for constitutional democracy

By Linda A. Klein
President, American Bar Association

Here are four legal puzzlers:

  • An African American student wants to attend the same school as white children. Can she?
  • A man is charged with burglary, but he can’t afford a lawyer. Should the state give him one for free?
  • Two men pass a worthless check and are convicted of misdemeanors. Can the state take away their right to vote because of those convictions?
  • Can states outlaw interracial marriage?

The answers are obvious – now. But that’s only because we have the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution and nearly 150 years of Supreme Court rulings interpreting it.

Most Americans have no idea what the 14th Amendment is or how it affects their lives. But we do. And our job as lawyers is to defend individuals’ rights under the Constitution and to explain that great document to the public.

That’s the idea behind Law Day. Every year on May 1, lawyers across the country engage their communities and rally behind the rule of law. This year, the theme of Law Day was The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy – one of the most-litigated but least-known of all the constitutional amendments. And while Law Day itself has passed, it’s never too late to celebrate and teach the principles that sustain our nation.

For more than a century, the 14th Amendment has been the legal basis for many major Supreme Court decisions, including those that desegregated schools (Brown v. Board of Education) and ensured counsel for criminal defendants (Gideon v. Wainwright).

The first section of the 14th Amendment – the part that’s most often litigated – states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

“The reason we have the 14th Amendment,” said former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson, “is to provide the courts with the opportunity to override the will of the people when the will of the people discriminates against a segment of our society.”

This year, lawyers, judges and teachers across the country engaged students, elected officials and community leaders in Law Day discussions of the amendment’s significance.

Law Day is celebrated in many ways. In Idaho, students created podcasts. In Boston, lawyers visited classrooms. In Texas and North Carolina, students wrote editorials, snapped photos and created posters.

And in Washington, D.C., the American Bar Association sponsored two special events. On May 1, a scholarly panel, led by Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center, debated the 14th Amendment’s role in transforming American democracy. The next day, 150 high school students from around the country discussed the ideas of equal protection, due process and liberty under the 14th Amendment. I helped lead the discussion.

Law Day dates back to the heart of the Cold War, nearly 60 years ago. In 1957, ABA President Charles S. Rhyne watched reports of the Soviet Union’s annual May Day celebration in Moscow’s Red Square, with its massive displays of military might. He thought that what made America great was its fidelity to the rule of law, not military power.

Rhyne asked President Dwight Eisenhower to issue the first Law Day proclamation, declaring that “guaranteed fundamental rights of individuals under the law is the heart and sinew of our Nation.” It has been a presidential tradition ever since.

Today, it often seems that we are a nation divided, but there is one thing that Republicans, Democrats and Independents agree on: The American rule of law is the envy of billions around the world.

So let’s celebrate and spread the word. The U.S. Constitution is America’s greatest creation. It is worth defending and teaching – on Law Day and every day.