Inactive Members Who Have Not Paid Membership Fees for Three Years

Pursuant to an Administrative Order entered May 19, 2016, the State Bar is no longer required to mail annual membership fee notices to inactive members who have failed to pay inactive membership fees for a period of three years. The State Bar shall adjust the membership status of any inactive member who has failed to pay inactive membership fees for a period of three years to “Inactive – Suspended.” A suspended member is not in good standing. An inactive suspended member may be reinstated to inactive status by following the procedure set forth in Article III § 5 of the Bylaws of the West Virginia State Bar.

Click here for a copy of the order

Annual Professional Limited Liability (PLLC) Organization Renewals

In order to insure that your PLLC is in compliance with the laws of The State of West Virginia, you need to file an annual renewal application with The State Bar. Any change in the corporate organization from the prior year must be reported. COPIES OF CURRENT CERTIFICATES OF INSURANCE ARE REQUIRED. Every PLLC must also register an email address.

If your organization renewed online previously click here to login.  PLLC Annual Renewals were due by July 1, 2016.  If you have questions concerning PLLC reporting requirements contact Anita R. Casey at 304-553-7228 or If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 or

Legal Education Reporting Period

The current reporting period began July 1, 2014, and will end June 30, 2016. There is a 30-day grace period so credits completed in the month of July may be carried back to meet the 2014-2016 requirement.  As long as all required credits are completed and filed by July 31, 2016, there is no penalty. Credits filed after July 31, 2016, will require a $50 late filing fee. Credits filed after September 30, 2016, will require a $100 late filing fee.

Please login to and download your transcript. Reporting period dates and requirements are listed on the top of transcripts.  Please be advised that we have attempted to delete all duplicate entries. If you have a duplicate entry or if any of your credits need to be edited, please contact Hope Gresham at If you do not have a password for, please click here to request a new password.

Lawyer Assistance Program Seeking Executive Director

The West Virginia State Bar is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director of the West Virginia Lawyer Assistance Program (“WVLAP”). The ideal applicant will be a professional with recovery experience. Lawyers, as well as experienced, credentialed or licensed professionals with advanced degrees in relevant fields such as addiction, counseling, social work, psychology or employee assistance will be considered. Applicants must understand the problems of professionals experiencing impairments such as substance abuse, addiction, gambling, mental/emotional issues, aging and other potentially debilitating conditions. Superior communication and organizational skills are required, as is knowledge of evaluation and treatment methods. Word processing skills, as well as experience in fund raising and grant writing, are preferred.


PEIA health insurance, state retirement plan and other benefits are included or available. The Executive Director will report to and be supervised by the WVLAP Board of Directors. As an employee of the West Virginia State Bar, the WVLAP Executive Director will be precluded from engaging in the private practice of law.
Applications in the form of a letter of interest and resume, with references, must be received, on or before April 30, 2016, by Anita Casey, or 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, West Virginia 25311-1231.

2016 Annual Conference and Meeting

The West Virginia State Bar would like to thank all sponsors of this year’s Annual Conference and Meeting. Over 260 individuals attended this year’s meeting, making it one of our most successful annual meetings in years.
Congratulations to the State Bar Award Recipients:
Mentor of the Year: Michael Chaney Esq.
Young Lawyer of the Year:  Lauren Marie Twigg Krupica
Citizen Soldier of the Year: Judge Derek C. Swope
Legal Aid of West Virginia Award Recipients: 
Kaufman Award: Richard Goldstein
Pro Bono Law Firm: Sal, Sellaro, Thorn and Culpepper
Distinguished Pro Bono Law firm: Hamilton, Burgess, Young & Pollard