Bar Blast – June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017
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Annual Membership Reporting & Fees
On June 9, 2017 all Active and Inactive members will be mailed an orange postcard via USPS. This postcard contains instructions on how to complete reporting and pay fees for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Online submissions will be accepted starting June 9, 2017 at Noon. 
IOLTA information will not be populated from last year’s reporting, due to the implementation of a new IOLTA tracking system. Please have all current information available when you login.

The deadline for Reporting and Fee payment is on or before midnight, September 1, 2017. For information on how to complete this process go to www.wvbar.org.

Keller Notice to State Bar Members
Members of The West Virginia State Bar are hereby notified of the plan which has been approved by the Board of Governors regarding the implementation of the decision of the United States Supreme Court in the case of Keller v. State Bar of California.
The time schedule which will be followed on membership dues matters, in accordance with the Keller decision, is as follows:
June 9: Dues Statements are sent to the Membership.
July 14: Written challenges to Keller deduction must be received by the State Bar Executive Director.
July 28: Board of Governors will review challenges.
October: Independent Audit is completed.
November: Arbitration Hearings are held.
January 2018: Arbitration Decisions are made.
The Keller deduction for 2017-2018 is $2.75.
Membership Fee Guidelines are available online at www.mywvbar.org/feeguidelines. If any member has a question concerning this matter, contact Anita Casey at The West Virginia State Bar at 304-553-7228 or by e-mail at caseya@wvbar.org.

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. 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, 2017.  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

Michael P. Cooke- Law License Suspended
On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued a Mandate which suspended Respondent Michael P. Cooke’s license to practice law in the State of West Virginia for two (2) years.
Upcoming Events

June 14-16, 2017
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia – 35th Annual Meeting
Sponsor: Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
CLE: 12.30 including 9.90 Ethics
Location: The Resort at Glade Springs

June 15-16, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
2017 Public Defender Services Indigent Defense Annual Conference
Sponsor: Public Defender Services
CLE: 18.6 Credit Hours
Location: Stonewall Resort

June 22, 2017 – FREE CLE
Navigating past and current case law governing the pre-suit process of the Medical Professional Liability Act (MPLA); assessing damages specific to claims governed by the MPLA; and discussion of recent  changes to the MPLA.
Sponsor: WV State Bar Law and Medicine Committee
Location: State Bar Center – Charleston, WV and Online Video Conference

June 28, 2017
The Roadmap to Sucessful Mediation: Effective Communication at Every Turn – An Advanced Mediation Training
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar ADR Committee
CLE: 7.5 General Credits
Location: 

Bridgeport Conference Center


The State Bar has secured a government room rate with the Wingate Hotel on June 27th using code: CGSBAR
For further information please email  monicahaddad@comcast.net

July 10-11 & 17-18, 2017
Annual, Free Cross-Training Conferences on Child Abuse/Neglect and Juvenile Law
Sponsor: The West Virginia Court Improvement Program (CIP)
CLE: 16.0 General Credits
Location: July 10-11, 2017, Lakeview Resort, Morgantown
July 17-18, 2017 Charleston Civic Center, Charleston

July 14, 2017 10am-3pm
Small-and Medium-Sized Firm Recruitment Summit
Sponsor: WVU College of Law
About: On-Campus Interviews are generally used by the largest firms to recruit new attorneys, but there is no dedicated system for finding appropriate talent for smaller firms.  This event will include a free 1-credit CLE course on succession planning,
free lunch, and a tour of our new facilities.  After lunch, we will engage in an interactive discussion to identify how to best help smaller firms meet their hiring needs.  We will listen to attorneys describe when they realize they need to hire, what credentials they think are important, and what we can do to make the process as easy as possible.
Who Should Attend: Attorneys from firms with up to 30 attorneys, as well as the leaders of the various state, local, and affinity bar associations. To Register Click Here

October 3-26, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
2017 State Bar Regional Meetings
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar
Dates & Locations:
October 3 – University of Charleston – Charleston
October 4 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington
October 5 – The Blennerhassett – Parkersburg
October 10 – Tamarack – Beckley
October 11 – McFarland House – Martinsburg
October 12 – South Branch Inn – Moorefield
October 13 – Giovanni’s – Chapmanville
October 24 – Oliverio’s Restorante – Bridgeport
October 25 – Lakeview Resort – Morgantown
October 26 – Oglebay Resort – Wheeling

Bar Blast – May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017
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Last Chance to Update Contact Information

All State Bar Members are asked to login to the “Membership Portal” to verify their contact information, add their employer name and update their password from 8 to 12 characters.
Remember that, beginning April 1, the State Bar will require anyone calling in to access or change information in the State Bar’s database to have the member’s date of birth and employer name.  If the member is a sole practitioner, the employer name will be the member’s name.
Please go to https://www.mywvbar.org/members/profile and login to confirm your information before June 1, 2017

. If your employer name is not available on the drop down menu, please contact Cheryl at cheryl@wvbar.org.

Vacancy Announcement 
Clerk of Court – U.S. District Court
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of WV is seeking qualified applicants with expertise as a high level executive to serve as the Clerk of Court, the administrator of a complex, diverse, and innovative organization. This position, working under the Chief U.S. District Judge, has overall management authority and responsibility for the administrative activities of the Clerk’s Office and oversees the performance of the statutory duties of the office. The position requires an individual who possesses the experience, management skills, and technical expertise necessary to anticipate and resolve complex administrative, operational, budgetary, and information technology challenges quickly and efficiently. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are required, along with a proven record of leadership and accomplishment. A vacancy announcement detailing the representative duties, qualifications, application process, and benefits may be viewed by visiting our website at www.wvsd.uscourts.gov. Priority consideration is given to those who apply by 5:00pm (EST) May 31, 2017.
The U.S. District Court is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the work place.
Upcoming Events

June 1-2, 2017
59th Annual Convention and Seminar
Sponsor: West Virginia Association for Justice
CLE: 14.6 Credit Hours, including 3.6 in ethics and law office management
Location:  Embassy Suites Hotel – Charleston

June 14-16, 2017
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia – 35th Annual Meeting
Sponsor: Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
CLE: 12.30 including 9.90 Ethics
Location: The Resort at Glade Springs

June 15-16, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
2017 Public Defender Services Indigent Defense Annual Conference
Sponsor: Public Defender Services
CLE: 18.6 Credit Hours
Location: Stonewall Resort

June 28, 2017
The Roadmap to Sucessful Mediation: Effective Communication at Every Turn – An Advanced Mediation Training
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar ADR Committee
CLE: 7.5 General Credits
Location: 

Bridgeport Conference Center


The State Bar has secured a government room rate with the Wingate Hotel on June 27th using code: CGSBAR
For further information please email  monicahaddad@comcast.net

July 10-11 & 17-18, 2017
Annual, Free Cross-Training Conferences on Child Abuse/Neglect and Juvenile Law
Sponsor: The West Virginia Court Improvement Program (CIP)
CLE: 16.0 General Credits
Location: July 10-11, 2017, Lakeview Resort, Morgantown
July 17-18, 2017 Charleston Civic Center, Charleston

July 14, 2017 10am-3pm
Small-and Medium-Sized Firm Recruitment Summit
Sponsor: WVU College of Law
About: On-Campus Interviews are generally used by the largest firms to recruit new attorneys, but there is no dedicated system for finding appropriate talent for smaller firms.  This event will include a free 1-credit CLE course on succession planning,
free lunch, and a tour of our new facilities.  After lunch, we will engage in an interactive discussion to identify how to best help smaller firms meet their hiring needs.  We will listen to attorneys describe when they realize they need to hire, what credentials they think are important, and what we can do to make the process as easy as possible.
Who Should Attend: Attorneys from firms with up to 30 attorneys, as well as the leaders of the various state, local, and affinity bar associations. To Register Click Here

October 3-26, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
2017 State Bar Regional Meetings
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar
Dates & Locations:
October 3 – University of Charleston – Charleston
October 4 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington
October 5 – The Blennerhassett – Parkersburg
October 10 – Tamarack – Beckley
October 11 – McFarland House – Martinsburg
October 12 – South Branch Inn – Moorefield
October 13 – Giovanni’s – Chapmanville
October 24 – Oliverio’s Restorante – Bridgeport
October 25 – Lakeview Resort – Morgantown
October 26 – Oglebay Resort – Wheeling

Bar Blast – May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017
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Updated Contact Information

All State Bar Members are asked to login to the “Membership Portal” to verify their contact information, add their employer name and update their password from 8 to 12 characters.
Remember that, beginning April 1, the State Bar will require anyone calling in to access or change information in the State Bar’s database to have the member’s date of birth and employer name.  If the member is a sole practitioner, the employer name will be the member’s name.
Please go to https://www.mywvbar.org/members/profile and login to confirm your information before June 1, 2017.

If your employer name is not available on the drop down menu, please contact Cheryl at cheryl@wvbar.org.

State Bar ID Card Online Application
Members of the West Virginia State Bar who have a valid WV driver’s license are now able to complete the application for their Bar Membership ID card online.
With this new service, Bar members will be able to submit an application and pay for their membership ID card application electronically. Bar members can choose to have their membership ID card mailed to them directly or pick up their ID card in person at any West Virginia DMV location. Members who choose to pick up their ID cards in person must present the receipt from the online transaction at the time of pick up.
Bar members in need of a membership ID card should go to www.wvbar.org or visit the Drivers section on the West Virginia DMV’s Online Services Portal found at www.go.wv.gov/selfservice.
This new online service was developed at no additional cost to members by the West Virginia State Bar in Partnership with WV.gov.

Vacancy Announcement 
Clerk of Court – U.S. District Court
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of WV is seeking qualified applicants with expertise as a high level executive to serve as the Clerk of Court, the administrator of a complex, diverse, and innovative organization. This position, working under the Chief U.S. District Judge, has overall management authority and responsibility for the administrative activities of the Clerk’s Office and oversees the performance of the statutory duties of the office. The position requires an individual who possesses the experience, management skills, and technical expertise necessary to anticipate and resolve complex administrative, operational, budgetary, and information technology challenges quickly and efficiently. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are required, along with a proven record of leadership and accomplishment. A vacancy announcement detailing the representative duties, qualifications, application process, and benefits may be viewed by visiting our website at www.wvsd.uscourts.gov. Priority consideration is given to those who apply by 5:00pm (EST) May 31, 2017.
The U.S. District Court is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the work place.
Public Comment

Approved Amendments to Rules 21.04 and 21.05 of the West Virginia Trial Court Rules and Rule 47 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Family Courts

By order entered on April 25, 2017, the Court approved amendments to Rules 21.04 and 21.05 of the West Virginia Trial Court Rules and Rule 47 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Family Courts, as well as amendments to Appendix B Guidelines for Guardians Ad Litem in Family Court.
Click Here for the Order

Upcoming Events

June 1-2, 2017
59th Annual Convention and Seminar
Sponsor: West Virginia Association for Justice
CLE: 14.6 Credit Hours, including 3.6 in ethics and law office management
Location:  Embassy Suites Hotel – Charleston

June 14-16, 2017
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia – 35th Annual Meeting
Sponsor: Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
CLE: 12.30 including 9.90 Ethics
Location: The Resort at Glade Springs

June 15-16, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
2017 Public Defender Services Indigent Defense Annual Conference
Sponsor: Public Defender Services
CLE: 18.6 Credit Hours
Location: Stonewall Resort

June 22, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
Navigating past and current case law governing the pre-suit process of the Medical Professional Liability Act (MPLA); assessing damages specific to claims governed by the MPLA; and discussion of recent  changes to the MPLA.
Sponsor: WV State Bar Law and Medicine Committee
Location: State Bar Center – Charleston, WV and Online Video Conference

June 28, 2017
The Roadmap to Sucessful Mediation: Effective Communication at Every Turn – An Advanced Mediation Training
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar ADR Committee
CLE: 7.5 General Credits
Location: 

Bridgeport Conference Center


The State Bar has secured a government room rate with the Wingate Hotel on June 27th using code: CGSBAR
For further information please email  monicahaddad@comcast.net

July 10-11 & 17-18, 2017
Annual, Free Cross-Training Conferences on Child Abuse/Neglect and Juvenile Law
Sponsor: The West Virginia Court Improvement Program (CIP)
CLE: 16.0 General Credits
Location: July 10-11, 2017, Lakeview Resort, Morgantown
July 17-18, 2017 Charleston Civic Center, Charleston

October 3-26, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
2017 State Bar Regional Meetings
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar
Dates & Locations:
October 3 – University of Charleston – Charleston
October 4 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington
October 5 – The Blennerhassett – Parkersburg
October 10 – Tamarack – Beckley
October 11 – McFarland House – Martinsburg
October 12 – South Branch Inn – Moorefield
October 13 – Giovanni’s – Chapmanville
October 24 – Oliverio’s Restorante – Bridgeport
October 25 – Lakeview Resort – Morgantown
October 26 – Oglebay Resort – Wheeling

Membership ID Online Application

CHARLESTON, WV—May 22, 2017 – Members of the West Virginia State Bar who have a valid WV driver’s license are now able to complete the application for their Bar Membership ID card online.

With this new service, Bar members will be able to submit an application and pay for their membership ID card application electronically. Bar members can choose to have their membership ID card mailed to them directly or pick up their ID card in person at any West Virginia DMV location. Members who choose to pick up their ID cards in person must present the receipt from the online transaction at the time of pick up.

Bar members in need of a membership ID card should go to www.wvbar.org or visit the Drivers section on the West Virginia DMV’s Online Services Portal found at www.go.wv.gov/selfservice.

This new online service was developed at no additional cost to members by the West Virginia State Bar in Partnership with WV.gov.

Bar Blast – May 16, 2017

May 16, 2017
 Thank you to the Sponsors of the 2017 

West Virginia State Bar Annual Gathering
  
 
       
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Updated Contact Information

All State Bar Members are asked to login to the “Membership Portal” to verify their contact information, add their employer name and update their password from 8 to 12 characters.
Remember that, beginning April 1, the State Bar will require anyone calling in to access or change information in the State Bar’s database to have the member’s date of birth and employer name.  If the member is a sole practitioner, the employer name will be the member’s name.
Please go to https://www.mywvbar.org/members/profile and login to confirm your information before June 1, 2017

. If your employer name is not available on the drop down menu, please contact Cheryl at cheryl@wvbar.org.

Vacancy Announcement 
Clerk of Court – U.S. District Court
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of WV is seeking qualified applicants with expertise as a high level executive to serve as the Clerk of Court, the administrator of a complex, diverse, and innovative organization. This position, working under the Chief U.S. District Judge, has overall management authority and responsibility for the administrative activities of the Clerk’s Office and oversees the performance of the statutory duties of the office. The position requires an individual who possesses the experience, management skills, and technical expertise necessary to anticipate and resolve complex administrative, operational, budgetary, and information technology challenges quickly and efficiently. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are required, along with a proven record of leadership and accomplishment. A vacancy announcement detailing the representative duties, qualifications, application process, and benefits may be viewed by visiting our website at www.wvsd.uscourts.gov. Priority consideration is given to those who apply by 5:00pm (EST) May 31, 2017.
The U.S. District Court is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the work place.
Public Comment

Approved Amendments to Rules 21.04 and 21.05 of the West Virginia Trial Court Rules and Rule 47 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Family Courts

By order entered on April 25, 2017, the Court approved amendments to Rules 21.04 and 21.05 of the West Virginia Trial Court Rules and Rule 47 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Family Courts, as well as amendments to Appendix B Guidelines for Guardians Ad Litem in Family Court.
Click Here for the Order

Upcoming Events

May 18, 2017
Finance and Estate Planning Seminar 
Host: WV Bankers Association, WV Society of CPAs, The WV State Bar Probate Law Committee
Location: Edgewood County Club – Charleston, WV

May 19, 2017
Mountain State Bar Association Annual Seminar
Sponsor: Mountain State Bar Association Annual Seminar
CLE: 6.0 Credit Hours including 1.0 Ethics/Office Management
Location:  Tamarack – Beckley, WV
Questions? Contact Cheryl Henderson 304-523-5732

May 19-21, 2017
Lawyer Leadership Institute
Sponsor: WV Bar Foundation
Location:  Stonewall Jackson Resort
About: The Institute is a weekend session to provide newer lawyers with specific education and professional training that will enable them to become leaders in the legal profession, in their communities and in the State.
Questions? Contact Tom Tinder at tom@wvbarfoundation.org

June 1-2, 2017
59th Annual Convention and Seminar
Sponsor: West Virginia Association for Justice
CLE: 14.6 Credit Hours, including 3.6 in ethics and law office management
Location:  Embassy Suites Hotel – Charleston

June 14-16, 2017
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia – 35th Annual Meeting
Sponsor: Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
CLE: 12.30 including 9.90 Ethics
Location: The Resort at Glade Springs

June 15-16, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
2017 Public Defender Services Indigent Defense Annual Conference
Sponsor: Public Defender Services
CLE: 18.6 Credit Hours
Location: Stonewall Resort

June 28, 2017
The Roadmap to Sucessful Mediation: Effective Communication at Every Turn – An Advanced Mediation Training
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar ADR Committee
CLE: 7.5 General Credits
Location: 

Bridgeport Conference Center


The State Bar has secured a government room rate with the Wingate Hotel on June 27th using code: CGSBAR
For further information please email  monicahaddad@comcast.net

July 10-11 & 17-18, 2017
Annual, Free Cross-Training Conferences on Child Abuse/Neglect and Juvenile Law
Sponsor: The West Virginia Court Improvement Program (CIP)
CLE: 16.0 General Credits
Location: July 10-11, 2017, Lakeview Resort, Morgantown
July 17-18, 2017 Charleston Civic Center, Charleston

October 3-26, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
2017 State Bar Regional Meetings
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar
Dates & Locations:
October 3 – University of Charleston – Charleston
October 4 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington
October 5 – The Blennerhassett – Parkersburg
October 10 – Tamarack – Beckley
October 11 – McFarland House – Martinsburg
October 12 – South Branch Inn – Moorefield
October 13 – Giovanni’s – Chapmanville
October 24 – Oliverio’s Restorante – Bridgeport
October 25 – Lakeview Resort – Morgantown
October 26 – Oglebay Resort – Wheeling