Status Change

CHANGE FROM ACTIVE TO INACTIVE MEMBERSHIP
ARTICLE I, SECTION 4 – STATE BAR BY-LAWS

1.         Submit a written request to switch your active membership to inactive status. This request must include the reason of the request for the status change (i.e., retirement, moving or living out of state, back to college, etc.) Your request can be submitted to Cheryl L. Petty via email at cheryl@wvbar.org or Click Here to submit online.

2.         In accordance with the Bar’s ByLaws, a member may be enrolled as an inactive member, so long as such member shall each year duly pay the annual inactive membership fee to The State Bar.  Inactive fees are $100.  Inactive fees are waived for members of the Bar who are 70 years of age or older.   You can pay your fees online at by clicking here or by sending a check made payable to “The West Virginia State Bar” to Cheryl L. Petty, Membership Coordinator, The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, WV 25311-1231.

 

3.         Inactive members have no FRD or MCLE requirements.

4.         An attorney on inactive status is not allowed to engage in any practice of law in the State of West Virginia, unless done so under the Emeritus By-Law.  (Section 11 of the State Bar By-Laws and in association with an approved legal assistance organization and under the supervision of a supervisory attorney.)

5.            Inactive members retain no membership voting rights.

 

CHANGE FROM INACTIVE TO ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP
ARTICLE I, SECTION 5 – STATE BAR BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I, SECTION 5 – STATE BAR BY-LAWS

1.            Submit a written request to switch your inactive membership to active status.  Your request can be submitted to Cheryl L. Petty via email at cheryl@wvbar.org

2.            The active membership fee for the fiscal year you wish to return to active status must be paid.  You can pay your fee online at mywvbar.org or forward your check made payable to “The West Virginia State Bar” to Cheryl L. Petty, Membership Coordinator, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, WV 25311-1231.  You can verify the amount you owe by emailing Cheryl L. Petty at cheryl@wvbar.org.

3.            A Financial Responsibility Disclosure (FRD) Notice must be completed.  You may complete your FRD Notice online at mywvbar.org or Click here for a paper FRD Notice.

4.            Twelve (12) hours of approved MCLE credit, 3 hours of which must be in legal ethics, office management, substance abuse or elimination of bias. All 12 credits can be obtained by audio/video tape and must be obtained in the 12 months prior to the date that you wish to reactivate your status.

Memberships will not be placed on an “active” status until active fees, a completed FRD Notice and the appropriate approved MCLE credits are received and processed by our office.

We currently operate our MCLE on a two year reporting period (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016), in which you must obtain a total of 24 hours, 3 of which must be in ethics, office management, substance abuse or elimination of bias in the legal profession. You will have the remainder of the reporting period to obtain the other 12 credits which you need to fulfill your full MCLE requirement for our current reporting period. If you need reporting forms or have further questions regarding CLE, you may contact Hope Gresham, our MCLE Coordinator directly at greshamh@wvbar.org or 304-553-7238.

 

CHANGE TO ACTIVE BUT NOT PRACTICING STATUS
ARTICLE I, SECTION 7 – STATE BAR BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I, SECTION 7 – STATE BAR BY-LAWS

1.            Submit a request in writing that you wish to change your status with the Bar to an active but not practicing status. This request must include the reason of the request for the status change (i.e., retirement, moving or living out of state, back to college, etc.) and should be emailed to Cheryl L. Petty at cheryl@wvbar.org
2.            Pay the active membership fee for the current fiscal year.  You can verify the amount you owe by emailing Cheryl L. Petty at cheryl@wvbar.org.
3.            Active But Not Practicing members have no FRD or MCLE requirements.
4.            Active But Not Practicing members can not practice law in the State of West Virginia.
5.            Active But Not Practicing members retain their membership voting rights.