On Thursday, July 7, 2016, Legal Aid of West Virginia held a webinar to provide attorneys with background information about FEMA benefits, disaster unemployment compensation, replacement of important documents, replacement of food lost with food stamps, ways to avoid contractor scams, dealing with landlord-tenant situations and more. The goal of this webinar was to enable attorneys to provide basic advice and guidance to people dealing with these issues.
As a result of the recent severe storms and flooding in West Virginia, the WV State Bar is working diligently to provide disaster legal assistance to individuals who have been affected. These efforts include working with State and national organizations such as Senator Manchin’s office, Legal Aid of West Virginia, the American Bar Association and other state bar associations, and directly helping fellow lawyers whose offices have been damaged or destroyed. If you have been impacted by the flooding, or know an attorney who has been impacted, please contact Anita Casey (firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine what the State Bar can do to assist with helping reconstruct files, finding an office for you to use and/or to arrange for using the State Bar Center as an operational headquarters.
Currently, we are working to develop resource guides containing information related to legal help (FEMA, insurance issues, lost documents, homeowner/landlord-tenant matters, personal property issues, etc.). We are also working to coordinate a communications plan that will get information into the hands of citizens who may not have access to the internet or social media. As an organization, we will be activating our State Bar committees, such as military affairs, family law and animal law, to assist people with concerns in specific areas.
In short, we are actively working on it. Expect frequent emails in coming days detailing how you can help. That is our primary goal at this point: Serve others. Help in any way you can until we can organize larger efforts statewide.
John R. McGhee, Jr.
President, The West Virginia State Bar
Hope Gresham, our CLE Coordinator, will be out of the office from June 29 – July 4. If you have inquiries, please contact her before or after these dates. No other Bar staff member will be able to assist you during this time period.
If you have an inquiry between June 29 and July 4, please send an e-mail rather than leaving a voice mail message. Please do not do both. Your inquiry will receive a response as soon as possible after July 4.
Please note that there is an automatic thirty (30) day grace period. You may take courses during the month of July and carry the credits back to meet the 2014-2016 reporting period. There is no penalty if all approved credits are completed AND filed by July 31, 2016. Please be sure to select the appropriate reporting period ending date for courses taken during the month of July, either the reporting period ending in 2016 or the reporting period ending in 2018.