Federal Public Defender Podcast: In Plain Cite

In Plain Cite is a podcast about developments in constitutional and federal criminal law produced by the Federal Public Defender office in the Southern District of West Virginia. Since its launch in July 2015, topics discussed on the show have included the Supreme Court’s recent opinion in
Johnson v. United States that declared a major recidivist sentencing provision unconstitutional, the various sentencing reform bills pending before Congress, and the courts’ treatment of cell phone data and the Fourth Amendment. The most recent episode (Episode 5) talked about the Clemency Project with a pair of guests who are on the front lines of the continuing push for federal prisoners seeking reduced sentences. The next episode will deal with the amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines that went into effect at the beginning of this month.
The show can be found on the main page of the website of the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of WV at http://wvs.fd.org/ or it can be found in your favorite podcast app or in iTunes and subscribed to. It is also available at http://inplaincite.libsyn.com/

Election Committee Update

Pursuant to an Administrative Order entered by the Supreme Court on May 21, 2013, (click here for a copy of the Order) the West Virginia State Bar developed an electronic voting system for use in Board of Governor and Young Lawyer Section Executive Committee elections. By Resolution of the State Bar Standing Committee on Elections, drafted on September 22, 2015, (click here for a copy of the Resolution), the Elections Committee approved the electronic voting system which had been developed. The Resolution was accepted and approved by the State Bar Board of Governors on October 23, 2015. Therefore, beginning after January 1, 2016, all Board of Governor and Young Lawyer Section Executive Committee elections will be done by electronic method.
While elections for Districts 1 through 5 are scheduled to take place in 2016, the new voting system should be reviewed by all attorneys. A test of the new electronic voting system can be accessed by clicking here. Questions on the operation of the voting system should be directed to Mike Mellace at mellacem@wvbar.org. Other questions should be directed to the Elections Committee via Anita R. Casey at caseya@wvbar.org.

State Bar Sponsored Video Competition: subject, The Significance of the Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary.

WV State Bar Sponsored Video Competition: subject, The Significance of the Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary.

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CHARLESTON, WV, October 22, 2015: The West Virginia State Bar announced today that it is again sponsoring a video competition. The competition is open to every West Virginia middle school and high school student. The topic of the competition this year is:  The Magna Carta:  What It Means Today.

Videos may be no longer than three (3) minutes.  Students will use DropBox to upload their videos on Friday afternoon, January 29, 2016.

Students must apply to become contestants, with written parental permission, by Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Applications may be made by letter sent to Video Contest, West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Blvd., Charleston, WV 25311. The letter should be signed by a parent and specifically confirm the student’s permission to participate.  Students are encouraged to notify their teachers if they desire to participate.

Anyone with questions may contact Co-chair Attorney Burton Hunter at hunterjb@hunterlawfirm.net.

There will be prizes for 14 of the competitors:

  1. Each high school and middle school top scorer will receive $500 and a night stay, for one child and one parent, at The Greenbrier on April 3, during the State Bar Annual Meeting.  The student and his/her parent will be guests at the annual banquet where the winning video will be shown.
  2. Each high school and middle school second place scorer will receive $250.
  3. The 3rd through 7th finishers in each division, a total of ten students, will each receive a $25 Amazon gift card.
  4. All competitors will receive a certificate of appreciation and accomplishment.

Students are encouraged to do the work themselves in researching, planning, and producing their videos. They are encouraged to demonstrate flair, production quality, creativity, and accuracy.  They will be informed of the five criteria the judges will follow. A large panel of well qualified judges has been assembled.

Submissions for 2016 will be accepted through February 8, 2016.

For more information, contact J. Burton Hunter with the West Virginia State Bar at 304-472-7477 orhunterjb@hunterlawfirm.net.

How to enter:

Winning videos will be uploaded to YouTube and will be found on the West Virginia State Bar Video Contest Web page at a later date. You can view previous winning submissions by visiting http://www.youtube.com/user/wveducation.

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