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.

2017 State Bar Annual Gathering – Registration Now Open!

The West Virginia State Bar’s Annual Gathering is the ideal venue to reconnect with lawyers and friends – and to build new relationships – all while enjoying Charleston, West Virginia. Take advantage of excellent Marriott accommodation rates offered only to our members.* All are encouraged to attend the State Bar’s Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, April 2, where Fifty Year Bar Members, Past Presidents of the State Bar and award winners for both the State Bar and Legal Aid of West Virginia will be recognized. On Monday, April 3, obtain 6.1 CLE credits (including 2 in Law Office Management and Substance Abuse) at presentations by our Judiciary and several nationally recognized presenters, including the American Bar Association’s current President, Linda Klein.

New Member Benefit – LawPay

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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.

Posting of Potential Scams and Cyber Threats

The West Virginia State Bar is establishing a section of our website where members can post information or concerns they have regarding fraudulent emails, phishing scams or cyber threats.  The CYBER ALERTS section will be located under the “For Attorneys” tab.  Click Here to view the new section.Members are encouraged to post any information they become aware of for sharing with other State Bar members.  The State Bar will also post CURRENT ALERTS the Bar receives.  For questions concerning this new service, contact the State Bar’s IT Director, Mike Mellace, at mellacem@wvbar.org.