2016 Annual Conference and Meeting

The West Virginia State Bar would like to thank all sponsors of this year’s Annual Conference and Meeting. Over 260 individuals attended this year’s meeting, making it one of our most successful annual meetings in years.
Congratulations to the State Bar Award Recipients:
Mentor of the Year: Michael Chaney Esq.
Young Lawyer of the Year:  Lauren Marie Twigg Krupica
Citizen Soldier of the Year: Judge Derek C. Swope
Legal Aid of West Virginia Award Recipients: 
Kaufman Award: Richard Goldstein
Pro Bono Law Firm: Sal, Sellaro, Thorn and Culpepper
Distinguished Pro Bono Law firm: Hamilton, Burgess, Young & Pollard

2016 Video Competition

The WV State Bar and the WV Department of Education are proud to announce the results of their collaborative 2016 Video Competition. This year, there were 23 entries (12 middle school and 11 high school). The topic was “Magna Carta, Its Significance in its 800th Anniversary Year.” The winners in each category will attend the State Bar’s 2016 Annual Meeting, where their winning videos will be shown. The videos of the two winners and the two runners-up in each category are below. Special thanks to J. Burton Hunter III, who coordinated the competition for the State Bar and to Brad Mills, of the Department of Education.

High School 

Middle School


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.


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