Unlawful Practice of Law (UPL) Public Hearing LOCATION CHANGE Advocacy by Non-Lawyers before WV Administrative Proceedings

The open hearing scheduled by the West Virginia State Bar’s Unlawful Practice of Law Committee on the issue of whether the appearance by non-lawyers in an advocacy role in state administrative proceedings constitutes the unlawful practice of law will have a location change to the Ceremonial Courtroom at the Kanawha County Courthouse located at 409 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301.  The hearing will still take place on September 3, 2015, beginning at 11:00 a.m. All speaking slots have been filled.  If you wished to speak and did not register with the State Bar, you may submit your written presentation at the hearing or by emailing it to State Bar Executive Director Anita Casey at caseya@wvbar.org no later than 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015.

Annual Professional Limited Liability (PLLC) Organization Renewals

In order to insure that your PLLC is in compliance with the laws of The State of West Virginia, you need to file an annual renewal application with The State Bar. Any change in the corporate organization from the prior year must be reported and COPIES OF CURRENT CERTIFICATES OF INSURANCE ARE REQUIRED. Every PLLC must also register an email address.

If your organization renewed online previously click here to login.  PLLC Annual Renewals are due by July 1, 2015.  If you have questions concerning PLLC reporting requirements contact Anita R. Casey at 304-553-7228 or caseya@wvbar.org. If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 or mellacem@wvbar.org.

WV State Bar Regional Meetings

October 13-29, 2015: The West Virginia State Bar will hold nine Regional Meetings  this fall. These meetings will provide 3.0 Continuing Legal Education credits in the areas of ethics, office management, substance abuse, and/or elimination of bias. The seminars have only been approved for CLE credit in West Virginia. Lunch will be included at each meeting. Each Regional Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last until, approximately, 1:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per person. One of The State Bar’s Officers will attend each meeting.

Dates and Locations:

October 13 – Tamarack – Beckley 

October 14 – Clarion Inn – Shepherdstown

October 15 – South Branch Inn – Moorefield

October 20 – University of Charleston – Charleston

October 21 – The Blennerhassett – Parkersburg

October 22 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington

October 27 – Oliverio’s – Bridgeport

October 28 – Waterfront Place Hotel – Morgantown

October 29 – Oglebay Resort – Wheeling

 Click date or location above to register online. 

West Virginia Online Legal Help-New Pro Bono Opportunity

The West Virginia State Bar is excited to announce a new opportunity for attorneys to provide pro bono assistance to the public anytime, from anywhere.  West Virginia Online Legal Help(www.wvonlinelegalhelp.org)is a new website where low-income West Virginians can post questions about their civil legal needs.  The questions are answered by volunteer attorneys, who provide basic information and legal advice for free.

We need West Virginia attorneys to sign up to volunteer.  The benefits of volunteering include:

  • No expectation of long-term representation.
  • Professional liability insurance provided.
  • Attorney’s name is anonymous to user.

Please go to www.wvonlinelegalhelp.org and click on “Lawyers Sign Up” to register to volunteer.  We hope to open the website to questions from the public in September 2014.

Click here for more information.

Online Lawyer Referral Service

The West Virginia State Bar is excited to announce that its Lawyer Referral Service website is up and running.  The website contains both general information and definitions on specific areas of the law.  The site also provides links to other related websites and service providers.  Members of the public are able to “surf” the site at any time.  Contact information for attorneys, who have indicated they may be willing to provide services in specific practice areas, is immediately available.

As a service to both the Bar staff and the public,PLEASE DO NOT SEND INDIVIDUALS TO THE STATE BAR for attorney referrals.  Our limited staff is unable to provide the quick and efficient services which can be obtained through the Lawyer Referral website, located at www.wvlawyerreferral.org.

Please click here to print a flyer which can be used as an information source for your staff when calls are received or walk-ins come to your office who you are unable to assist.  Similar postings have been provided to all 55 circuit and county clerks, as well as many public libraries.

Thank you for your assistance with providing this information.  Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mark Adkins, Chair of the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service Committee at madkins@bowlesrice.com or Anita Casey at caseya@wvbar.org or 304-553-7228.