Lawyer Assistance Program Seeking Executive Director

The West Virginia State Bar is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director of the West Virginia Lawyer Assistance Program (“WVLAP”). The ideal applicant will be a professional with recovery experience. Lawyers, as well as experienced, credentialed or licensed professionals with advanced degrees in relevant fields such as addiction, counseling, social work, psychology or employee assistance will be considered. Applicants must understand the problems of professionals experiencing impairments such as substance abuse, addiction, gambling, mental/emotional issues, aging and other potentially debilitating conditions. Superior communication and organizational skills are required, as is knowledge of evaluation and treatment methods. Word processing skills, as well as experience in fund raising and grant writing, are preferred.


PEIA health insurance, state retirement plan and other benefits are included or available. The Executive Director will report to and be supervised by the WVLAP Board of Directors. As an employee of the West Virginia State Bar, the WVLAP Executive Director will be precluded from engaging in the private practice of law.
Applications in the form of a letter of interest and resume, with references, must be received, on or before April 30, 2016, by Anita Casey, or 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, West Virginia 25311-1231.

2016 Annual Conference and Meeting

The West Virginia State Bar would like to thank all sponsors of this year’s Annual Conference and Meeting. Over 260 individuals attended this year’s meeting, making it one of our most successful annual meetings in years.
Congratulations to the State Bar Award Recipients:
Mentor of the Year: Michael Chaney Esq.
Young Lawyer of the Year:  Lauren Marie Twigg Krupica
Citizen Soldier of the Year: Judge Derek C. Swope
Legal Aid of West Virginia Award Recipients: 
Kaufman Award: Richard Goldstein
Pro Bono Law Firm: Sal, Sellaro, Thorn and Culpepper
Distinguished Pro Bono Law firm: Hamilton, Burgess, Young & Pollard

2016 Video Competition

The WV State Bar and the WV Department of Education are proud to announce the results of their collaborative 2016 Video Competition. This year, there were 23 entries (12 middle school and 11 high school). The topic was “Magna Carta, Its Significance in its 800th Anniversary Year.” The winners in each category will attend the State Bar’s 2016 Annual Meeting, where their winning videos will be shown. The videos of the two winners and the two runners-up in each category are below. Special thanks to J. Burton Hunter III, who coordinated the competition for the State Bar and to Brad Mills, of the Department of Education.

High School 

Middle School


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 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.

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

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: Applications must be received by midnight April 30, 2016. Applications may be submitted via USPS, Email or Fax.


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

Email Address:
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.”