Moot Court Judges Needed

The National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, March 12-14 at WVU Law, is looking for volunteer judges. For the early rounds, a judge must be an attorney of good standing licensed to practice law in any state. Final round (afternoon of March 14) judges must be a federal or state appellate judge. Now in its fifth year, the competition attracts exceptional law students from across the country. Interested parties should contact Samantha Stefanov at for more details. For more information on the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, visit

Applicants for Position of Chief Administrative Law Judge of The Office of Tax Appeals Sought

Pursuant to WVC §11-10A-6, the Governor shall appoint the Chief Administrative Law Judge from a list of three qualified nominees submitted to the Governor by the Board of Governors of the West Virginia State Bar for a four-year term.  Therefore, the Office of the Governor is seeking nominations for the position of Chief Administrative Law Judge of the West Virginia Office of Tax Appeals.  The West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors will select three nominees for consideration by Governor Tomblin.  Applicants must be admitted to the practice of law in West Virginia and have five years of full-time or equivalent part-time experience as an attorney with federal or state tax law experience or have served as a judge of a court of record.

Applications, with supporting resumes and letters of reference, must be received by Anita R. Casey ( no later than noon on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

To review a copy of the applicable statute, CLICK HERE

Tuesday Legal Connect Volunteer Attorneys Needed in January

The State Bar is in need of volunteer attorneys on Tuesday evenings in January 2015 to field legal questions from the public as part of the “Tuesday Legal Connect” program.

Volunteers would work out of the Legal Aid of WV office located at 922 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV

from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

If you would be interested in helping in January, please email David Frercks at as soon as possible.

Pro Hac Vice Changes

Important changes to the West Virginia pro hac vice admission procedures become effective January 1, 2015. Due to the New Year Holiday these changes will be available online starting January 2, 2015.

These changes include a new $350 annual fee to be paid by out-of-state lawyers admitted pro hac vice for one year or more.  Beginning January 1, 2015 the annual fee applies as long as the out-of-state lawyer has one or more cases pending in West Virginia.  The out-of-state lawyer is responsible for paying the fee.  By implementation Order entered December 12, 2014, for instances in which an out-of-state lawyer was admitted pro hac vice before January 1, 2015, the assistance of local counsel is needed to discern whether the case is still pending, to obtain updated contact information about the out-of-state attorney and, if applicable, to make sure the fee is paid.

The Supreme Court authorized the State Bar to contact local counsel for out-of-state lawyers admitted during the past five years to determine whether the annual fee applies and to collect the fee. The December 12, Order requires the payment of a fee per attorney, not per case.  The fee must be paid on or before March 31, 2015, and by March 31 of each subsequent year until the case or matter is resolved.  The pro hac vice admission will be terminated if the March 31, 2015, deadline is not met.  The submission must be sent to the State Bar electronically.  Click here to review the September 29, 2014, Order.  Click here to review the December 12, 2014, Order.

Key changes to the PHV Filing Process

  • All Out-of-State Lawyers must register at before filing a Pro Hac Vice with the State Bar.
    • Contact information must be provided and kept up to date
    • An annual fee will be assessed to each out-of-state lawyer 1 year from the date of the case being filed if that lawyer has 1 or more cases open.
  • If you have an open case that was filed between January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2014 you are required to have all visiting attorneys register and pay the $350 annual fee
    • Once the annual fee is paid by each out-of-state lawyer the case information will need to be submitted.


New PHV Cases
Click here to register as an out-of-state lawyer and submit case information
or – Click here to log in if you have already registered as an out-of-state lawyer. Upon log in click on “”Add New Pro Hac Vice Case” to submit Pro Hac Vice cases.


Cases Filed Prior to 2015 (January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2014)

  • If case has not concluded
    • Out-of-State Lawyer Annual Fee Applies for cases filed Jan. 1, 2010 – Dec. 31, 2014.
      •  Click here to register, pay the $350 annual fee, and submit case information
  • If you have withdrawn from a case
    • Contact the State Bar at with details