Pro Bono Assistance Needed

The West Virginia State Bar needs more volunteers to sign up to provide pro bono basic legal advice on West Virginia Online Legal Help (WVOLH).  WVOLH is a website where low-income West Virginians can post questions about their civil legal needs.  Volunteer attorneys answer those questions by providing basic information, legal advice and referrals for free. Please go to and click on “Lawyers Sign Up” to sign up to volunteer.  We have almost 30 unanswered questions on the website and could use your help.

Disaster Legal Assistance: Attorney Training

On Thursday, July 7, 2016, Legal Aid of West Virginia held a webinar to provide attorneys with background information about FEMA benefits, disaster unemployment compensation, replacement of important documents, replacement of food lost with food stamps, ways to avoid contractor scams, dealing with landlord-tenant situations and more.  The goal of this webinar was to enable attorneys to provide basic advice and guidance to people dealing with these issues.

Related Resources From This Recording:

Click Here for PowerPoint slides from this webinar

FEMA Applicant’s Guide

FEMA WV disaster specific site (updated daily)

FEMA Fact Sheets:

Individual and Households Program
     Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Flood Insurance Basics

Disaster Legal Aid

Disaster Legal Assistance

As a result of the recent severe storms and flooding in West Virginia, the WV State Bar is working diligently to provide disaster legal assistance to individuals who have been affected. These efforts include working with State and national organizations such as Senator Manchin’s office, Legal Aid of West Virginia, the American Bar Association and other state bar associations, and directly helping fellow lawyers whose offices have been damaged or destroyed. If you have been impacted by the flooding, or know an attorney who has been impacted, please contact Anita Casey ( to determine what the State Bar can do to assist with helping reconstruct files, finding an office for you to use and/or to arrange for using the State Bar Center as an operational headquarters.

Currently, we are working to develop resource guides containing information related to legal help (FEMA, insurance issues, lost documents, homeowner/landlord-tenant matters, personal property issues, etc.). We are also working to coordinate a communications plan that will get information into the hands of citizens who may not have access to the internet or social media. As an organization, we will be activating our State Bar committees, such as military affairs, family law and animal law, to assist people with concerns in specific areas.

In short, we are actively working on it. Expect frequent emails in coming days detailing how you can help. That is our primary goal at this point: Serve others. Help in any way you can until we can organize larger efforts statewide.

John R. McGhee, Jr.
President, The West Virginia State Bar