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 mellacem@wvbar.org 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.

https://zoom.us/j/8220580642

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

Friday January 22, 2016 Court Closures

By Order entered January 21, 2016, the Supreme Court Administrative Offices in Charleston, including the clerk’s office, will be closed on Friday, January 22, 2016. Click here for a copy of the Administrative Order. County, circuit, family and magistrate court closures are determined by county.   Click here for an updated list of closures.

The West Virginia State Bar’s Administrative office will also be closed on January 22, 2016.

 

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: www.wvbar.org/RFP. Applications must be received by midnight April 30, 2016. Applications may be submitted via USPS, Email or Fax.

CLICK HERE FOR THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) GUIDELINES

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

Email Address: caseya@wvbar.org
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.”

Legal Outreach Committee

The Committee formerly known by the names Lawyer Information and Referral Service and Tuesday Legal Connect has changed its name to The Legal Outreach Committee. The change of name reflects the progress the Committee has made during the past few years making legal services more readily and easily available to the public. The Committee now sponsors three different programs:

  • Tuesday Legal Connect – The weekly call in service operated by the West Virginia State Bar and Legal Aid of West Virginia from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.
  • West Virginia Lawyer Referral Service – A 24/7 online service that allows the public to connect with attorneys who may be willing to take on new cases. Participants in the Lawyer Referral Service can be searched by practice area and county, or zip code.

West Virginia Online Legal Help – A 24/7 online service that allows users to post legal questions to a private messaging system. The questions are answered by volunteer attorneys. All information posted is held in strict confidence.