1L Mentoring Program on January 19, 2017, at the WVU College of Law

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, West Virginia State Bar, and West Virginia University College of Law hosted the kick-off reception for the 1L Mentoring Program on January 19, 2017, at the WVU College of Law.

Election of Members to the YLS Executive Committee – Districts 6-10

Click here for the Nominating Petition

The West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors provides for the selection of a Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee to be elected by the Young Lawyers membership for a three‑year term.  One Executive Committee member is elected from each State Bar District, with the exception of District 8 where two Executive Committee members are elected.  This year, elections will be held in State Bar Districts 6 through 10.

Nominations for Executive Committee membership are made by written petition signed by, not less than, 10 Young Lawyers of the same district in which they and the nominee have their principal offices for the practice of law.  Where there are fewer than ninety (90) young lawyers in a District, the signature of ten percent (10%) shall be sufficient.  The counties comprising the Districts are:

6 – McDowell & Mingo (2 required to nominate)
7 – Boone, Logan & Lincoln (2 required to nominate)
8 – Kanawha – (10 required to nominate)
9 – Raleigh & Wyoming (4 required to nominate)
10 – Mercer, Summers & Monroe (2 required to nominate)

The Young Lawyers Section consists of all State Bar members who have been in the practice of law for less than 10 years and/or are 35 years of age or younger.

A nominating petition is located on the back of this page.  A copy of the nominating petition can also be found on The State Bar website under the For Attorneys tab, under Forms.  When signed by the requisite number of members, the petition must be received, by mail, email or fax no later than midnight February 10, 2017 by the Executive Director, The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, WV 25311-1231; caseya@wvbar.org; or fax 304.553.7228.  If multiple copies of the petition are used, they must be sent together.  Note that the By-Laws states, in pertinent part: No member shall sign more than one nominating petition in any year.

All new Young Lawyer Section members will be required to attend training on March 27, 2017, beginning at 10 am at the State Bar Center in Charleston.  If you cannot participate in person you can arrange to participate via video conference.  Attendance at the Annual Meeting on April 2 at 11 am in Charleston is also required.

If I may provide you with additional information about the Young Lawyers Section and its activities, or about the election process, please do not hesitate to contact me at 304.553.7228 or by e-mail at caseya@wvbar.org.

Election of Members to the Board of Governors – Districts 6-10

Click here for the Nominating Petition

The By‑Laws of The West Virginia State Bar provide for the election of a member to the Board of Governors for a three‑year term from State Bar Districts 6 through 10.  One Governor is elected from each State Bar District, with the exception of District 8 where four Governors are elected.

Nominations for the Board shall be by written petition signed by, not less than, 10 members of the same district in which they and the nominee have their principal offices for the practice of law.  Where there are fewer than ninety (90) members in a district, the signature of ten percent of the members shall be sufficient. The counties comprising the electing districts are:

6  – McDowell & Mingo (6 required to nominate)
7  – Boone, Logan & Lincoln (8 required to nominate)
8  – Kanawha – (10 required to nominate)
9  – Raleigh & Wyoming (10 required to nominate)
10 – Mercer, Summers & Monroe (10 required to nominate)

A nominating petition is located on the back of this page.  A copy of the nominating petition can also be found on The State Bar website under the For Attorneys tab, under Forms.  When signed by the requisite number of members, the petition must be received, by mail, email or fax no later than midnight February 10, 2017, by the Executive Director of The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, WV 25311-1231; caseya@wvbar.org; or fax 304.553.7228.  If multiple copies of the petition are used, they must be sent together.  At least one petition must bear the signature and acceptance of nomination by the member being nominated.  Note that Article IV, Section 6, of the ByLaws states, in pertinent part: No member shall sign more than one nominating petition in any year.

All new Board of Governors members will be required to attend training on March 27, 2017, beginning at 10 am at the State Bar Center in Charleston.  If you cannot participate in person you can arrange to participate via video conference.  Attendance at the Annual Meeting on April 2 at 11 am in Charleston is also required.

If I may provide you with additional information about the Board of Governors and its activities, or about the election process, please do not hesitate to contact me at 304.553.7228 or by email at caseya@wvbar.org.

Bar Blast 1-3-2017

January 3, 2017
Quick Links
In State
CLE Calendar


Mobile App   
Download Now
Social Media

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

News

Huntington is hosting TLC each Tuesday 
in January 2017

Tuesday Legal Connect (TLC) is a partnership between Legal Aid of West Virginia and the West Virginia State Bar taking place every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We need 3 pro bono attorneys on each Tuesday in January to take phone calls from the general public about basic legal issues and give out general legal information (not advice or representation) for which you get pro bono hours. We provide dinner and brief training on how the program runs, and what to expect thirty minutes prior to phones starting to ring at 6:00 so you will be prepared.

For all volunteers: Please come to 1005 Sixth Avenue where Legal Aid of West Virginia has the privilege of hosting Tuesday Legal Connect as it is no longer hosted at the bar. Please contact Cheryl Plybon if you have any questions comments or concerns at 304-697-2070 ext 2514 or cplybon@lawv.net

Notice of Proposed Amendments to the Local Rules for Civil Procedure Opportunity for Public Comment
The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia has completed a draft of proposed amendments to the Local Rules of Civil Procedure. A redline version and related documents have been published on the Court’s website at www.wvsd.uscourts.gov. The Court invites your comments through Monday, January 23, 2017. Please be advised that following a review of all comments received, the Court anticipates adoption of the proposed rules with an effective date of February 1, 2017. Note: Proposed Revisions to the Criminal Rules are being developed but will be published for comment at a later time.
Please send your specific comments, concerns or suggestions, along with your name, e-mail address and telephone number, to Teresa L. Deppner, Clerk of the U. S. District Court, at terry_deppner@wvsd.uscourts.gov, or in writing to Post Office Box 2546, Charleston, WV 25329.
Upcoming Events

January 12, 2017
West Virginia Working Together Conference
Location:
University of Charleston – Geary Student Union
Sponsor: West Virginia Public Accountants Association, West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, West Virginia Tax Institute, West Virginia State Tax Department, The West Virginia State Bar and The Internal Revenue Service

January 23, 2017
Guardian Ad Litem: Child Abuse and Neglect Training
Location:
Charleston Marriott Town Center in Charleston, WV.
Sponsor: West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
CLE: 8.1 MCLE credits .9 are considered Office Management

January 24, 2017
Guardian Ad Litem: Family Court Training
Location:
Charleston Marriott Town Center in Charleston, WV.
Sponsor: West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
CLE: 8 MCLE credits

February 9, 2017 – 9a.m.-12:30p.m. – SAVE THE DATE
Fundamentals of Family Law 
Location:  

WV State Bar Center & Online
Sponsor: WV State Bar Family Law Committee
CLE: 4.2 General Credits (Pending)
More Information Coming Soon

April 2-3, 2017
The West Virginia State Bar Annual Conference & Meeting
Location:

The Marriott – Charleston, WV
Registration Opens January 4, 2017
Topics
  • Legal Research in the 21st Century – Christina Steinbrecker Jack, Fastcase
  • Reflecting on Environmental Enforcement: The Advent of Mega Cases – John Cruden, Former Assistant Attorney General US Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • An update from the ABA – Linda Klein, President of the American Bar Association
  • Criminal Law – Professor Douglas Berman, Professor – Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University
  • An Introduction to the New Era of Lawyer Assistance Program – Robert Albury, Jr, Director WV Lawyer Assistance Program
  • A Panel Discussion of Practicing Law in WV from the perspective of Women Attorneys – Judge Stephanie Thacker, United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals; Justice Elizabeth Walker, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia; Cheryle Hall, West Virginia Court of Claims; Dina M. Mohler, Office of General Counsel, Charleston Area Medical Center

2017 State Bar Annual Gathering – Registration Now Open!

The West Virginia State Bar’s Annual Gathering is the ideal venue to reconnect with lawyers and friends – and to build new relationships – all while enjoying Charleston, West Virginia. Take advantage of excellent Marriott accommodation rates offered only to our members.* All are encouraged to attend the State Bar’s Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, April 2, where Fifty Year Bar Members, Past Presidents of the State Bar and award winners for both the State Bar and Legal Aid of West Virginia will be recognized. On Monday, April 3, obtain 6.1 CLE credits (including 2 in Law Office Management and Substance Abuse) at presentations by our Judiciary and several nationally recognized presenters, including the American Bar Association’s current President, Linda Klein.