Video Conferencing Now Available Free to All State Bar Members

The West Virginia State Bar now has video conferencing capability.  The conferences can be initiated statewide and require only an electronic device (PC, Mac, Android or IOS) with a camera.  Those without this capacity can still participate in the conference via phone.  Committee chairpersons may set up a conference from their office location if they do not wish to use the State Bar Center for the meeting.  Individual attorneys may also use the service, free of charge, by scheduling their conference date and time at least 10 days in advance, and obtaining initial training, from State Bar IT Director, Mike Mellace. The State Bar Center offers a fully integrated video conferencing room that will allow up to 25 people in office and 50 out of office to attend the same meeting.

Group training sessions will be available on:

Please advise Mike Mellace at mellacem@wvbar.org of your interest in participating in one of these sessions or contact him to schedule an individual training session.

Group training sessions will be available on:

Video Conference Training – 1-21-16
Time: Jan 21, 2016 11:00 AM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Video Conference Training – 1-27-16
Time: Jan 27, 2016 11:00 AM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Video Conference Training – 1-29-16
Time: Jan 29, 2016 10:00 AM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Video Conference Training – 2-3-16
Time: Feb 3, 2016 2:00 PM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Video Conference Training – 2-4-16
Time: Feb 4, 2016 4:00 PM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

If you are unable to make it into the State Bar Center you can join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android using the link below.

https://zoom.us/j/8220580642

Or join by phone:   +1 877 369 0926 (US Toll Free)
Meeting ID: 822 058 0642

Friday January 22, 2016 Court Closures

By Order entered January 21, 2016, the Supreme Court Administrative Offices in Charleston, including the clerk’s office, will be closed on Friday, January 22, 2016. Click here for a copy of the Administrative Order. County, circuit, family and magistrate court closures are determined by county.   Click here for an updated list of closures.

The West Virginia State Bar’s Administrative office will also be closed on January 22, 2016.

 

Settlement Funds to Help West Virginia State Bar Provide Legal Assistance

CHARLESTON, W.Va., January 5, 2015 – The West Virginia State Bar received $329,000 from a U.S. Department of Justice settlement with Bank of America that will help legal services organizations in the state provide foreclosure-prevention assistance to indigent citizens and/or support community redevelopment legal services.

Anne Werum Lambright, chair of its Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Committee, announced that the Department of Justice settlement with the bank involved residential mortgage-backed securities and other conduct related to the housing/financial crisis several years ago.

“The West Virginia State Bar takes very seriously its responsibility to support our citizens’ constitutionally protected rights to have legal representation,” Lambright said. “The financial crisis several years ago created problems for many families. These funds can help provide counsel for those who face foreclosure today. In addition, organizations involved in community redevelopment can request funds that will support legal work for their projects.”

Applicants for the newly announced grants must qualify as a legal services organization but do not have to be current grantees.

Lambright said The West Virginia State Bar’s Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Committee is accepting requests for proposals (RFPs) from legal services organizations for use of the funds. Requests for proposals (RFPs) are available on The West Virginia State Bar website: www.wvbar.org/RFP. Applications must be received by midnight April 30, 2016. Applications may be submitted via USPS, Email or Fax.

CLICK HERE FOR THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) GUIDELINES

Mailing Address: IOLTA Legal Assistance Grants, Attn Anita Casey, 2000 Deitrick Blvd, Charleston, WV 25311

Email Address: caseya@wvbar.org
Fax Number: 304-558-2467

“Members of The West Virginia State Bar understand the importance of representing citizens who find themselves in need of legal services but cannot afford to defend their interests in court and other legal proceedings,” Lambright said. “The funds also can support local groups that encounter legal costs as they work on economic development projects.”

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.