2017 State Bar Regional Meetings

2017 State Bar Regional Meetings: October 3-26, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!

Dates & Locations:

October 3 – University of Charleston – Charleston
October 4 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington
October 5 – The Blennerhassett – Parkersburg
October 10 – Tamarack – Beckley
October 11 – McFarland House – Martinsburg
October 12 – South Branch Inn – Moorefield
October 13 – Giovanni’s – Chapmanville
October 24 – Oliverio’s Restorante – Bridgeport
October 25 – Lakeview Resort – Morgantown
October 26 – Oglebay Resort – Wheeling

More information and registration coming soon.


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 .


WV Lawyers Assistance Program Website

The West Virginia Lawyers Assistant Program is pleased to announce the launch of www.wvlap.org. The new website provides confidential information regarding services for Attorneys, Judges, Bar Applicants and Law Students who may be struggling with issues such as aging, retirement, stress, anxiety, burnout, work/life balance, depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, codependency, compulsive behavior, grief, trauma or any other mental/physical/emotional health disorders. The website also provides links to services related to education, consultation, assessment, interventions, healthcare or crisis management, law office management, monitoring and peer support.

New Member Benefit – LawPay


The West Virginia State Bar is excited to present a new member benefit. Endorsed by 45 states, and more than 50 local bar associations, LawPay is proud to be the preferred payment partner of more than 35,000 law firms. Designed specifically for the legal industry, LawPay provides attorneys with a simple, secure, and online way to accept credit cards in their practice.

Additionally, LawPay understands the unique compliance and financial requirements placed on attorneys, which is why the LawPay platform was designed specifically to correctly separate earned and unearned payments, giving you peace of mind that your credit card transactions are always handled correctly.

For more than a decade, LawPay has made it as easy as possible for attorneys to receive payment for their services.


To learn more about LawPay, visit Membership Benefits page, visit www.lawpay.com/wvbar or call 866-376-0950.


Members who use LawPay should confirm that the use is done in compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct.