Election of Member to fill vacancy on the Board of Governors

A vacancy on the Board of Governors for District 3 has occurred. It is the decision of the State Bar Board of Governors that the vacancy should be filled by election of the members from that District. The member elected will serve until April of 2019.
Consistent with the bylaws for regular elections, nominations for the Board will be by written petition signed by not less than 10 members of District 3. Nominees must be active or active but not practicing members who have their principal office for the practice of law in District 3. The counties comprising District 3 are Calhoun, Gilmer, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood.

A nominating petition is included. A copy of the nominating petition can also be found on The State Bar website under the For Attorneys tab, under Forms. When signed by the requisite number of members, the petition must be received, by mail, email or fax no later than midnight December 7, 2017, by the Executive Director of The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, WV 25311-1231; caseya@wvbar.org; or fax 304.553.7228. If multiple copies of the petition are used, they must be sent together. At least one petition must bear the signature and acceptance of nomination by the member being nominated. Note that Article IV, Section 6, of the bylaws states, in pertinent part: No member shall sign more than one nominating petition in any year.
The new Board member will be required to attend all Board of Governor meetings through April of 2019, including the meeting of January 19, 2018.

If I may provide you with additional information about the Board of Governors and its activities, or about the election process,please do not hesitate to Anita Casey at 304.553.7228 or by email at caseya@wvbar.org.


Art Exhibition

The State Bar Center will be sponsoring an opening reception to showcase the work of Charleston Catholic High School seniors at the State Bar Center on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. The showcase is part of a continuing collaborative partnership between the State Bar and local high schools & colleges. Click here for more information

West Virginia Free Legal Answers (formerly WV Online Legal Help)

The upgraded WV Online Legal Help is here!  The website’s new name is West Virginia Free Legal Answers.  It is the state of West Virginia’s site as part of the ABA Free Legal Answers national site. Volunteers will find it similar to WV Online Legal Help, but much more user friendly.   We hope you’ll enjoy using this upgraded site to continue helping vulnerable West Virginian’s receive free civil legal advice! If you have questions regarding West Virginia Free Legal Answers click here.

Attorneys that were registered on wvonlinelegalhelp.org can use their email address and password to login to the new https://wv.freelegalanswers.org to answer questions. To register as a new attorney account click here.


Membership ID Online Application

CHARLESTON, WV—May 22, 2017 – Members of the West Virginia State Bar who have a valid WV driver’s license are now able to complete the application for their Bar Membership ID card online.

With this new service, Bar members will be able to submit an application and pay for their membership ID card application electronically. Bar members can choose to have their membership ID card mailed to them directly or pick up their ID card in person at any West Virginia DMV location. Members who choose to pick up their ID cards in person must present the receipt from the online transaction at the time of pick up.

Bar members in need of a membership ID card should go to www.wvbar.org or visit the Drivers section on the West Virginia DMV’s Online Services Portal found at www.go.wv.gov/selfservice.

This new online service was developed at no additional cost to members by the West Virginia State Bar in Partnership with WV.gov.

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.