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November 12, 2013
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Legal Materials Available  
Click here for a list that identifies books in the U. S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Parkersburg that have been determined to be excess and are available at no cost. All titles are ten to twelve years out of date. If a Bar member is interested in obtaining any of the books, please contact Kris Gerencir at 304-347-3101 by November 20 to arrange a time to pick up the books in Parkersburg.

Lawyer Referral Service Updates

The State Bar Lawyer Referral Service Committee addedadditional practice areas to the referral service. To update your practice areas click here.

Succession Planning

The West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Board, End of Practice Committee, announces the completion and approval of Establishing a Succession Plan:  A Guide to Protecting your Clients’ Interests in the Event of Your Disability, Retirement, or Death.

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State Bar Medical Insurance Program

Attorneys can take advantage of a once-a-year opportunity during November by enrolling in the West Virginia State Bar-endorsed medical insurance program regardless of their health history or current health condition.
Open Enrollment Ends November 30, 2013.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Notice of Vacancy

 The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is accepting applications for the position of Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Vacancy in the 26th Family Court Circuit, Putnam County

 The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the family law judge vacancy for the 26th Family Court Circuit serving Putnam County.   Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 2013.Applications and instructions are available atwww.governor.wv.gov. To contact the Commission regarding the application process, please call Janet Shelton at 304-558-2000. Interviews will be scheduled for and held on Monday,December 16, 2013.

West Virginia Secretary of State Announcement: New Online Business Filing Options are Available!

In addition to new Business Filings and Annual Reports, now Trade Names, Officer/Address Changes, and Terminations/ Cancellations for Limited Liability Companies, Professional Limited Labiality Companies and Limited Partnerships can be filed online through West Virginia’s online filings portal -www.Business4wv.com. It is available 24/7, pay conveniently and securely with credit card or eCheck, and instantly download filing acknowledgement. Improve efficiency and shorten filing time by days. Give it a try! Questions? Contact Penney Barker, Manager, Business and Licensing Division pbarker@wvsos.com

or at 304-558-8000.

Young Lawyers Participate in WV Law Adventure

The State Bar Young Lawyers Section will participate with the Supreme Court of Appeals in a program for fifth grade through high school students endorsed by the WV Board of Education.

Young Lawyer Section Executive Committee

The Young Lawyers’ Executive Committee is seeking nominations for the District 10 (Mercer, Monroe and Summers Counties) and District 11 (Fayette, Greenbrier, and Nicholas Counties) positions.  Nominees must be members in good standing with the State Bar who have been sworn to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and who are 35 years of age or under, or members admitted to practice ten years or less prior to the State Bar’s annual meeting.  Additionally, nominees must have an office in the District which they are nominated.  Nominations will be accepted untilNovember 15th.  Please forward nominations to Jacqueline Sikora at jacqueline.sikora@courtswv.gov.

Young Lawyers Section Update

Linnsey Amores, Kevin Baker and Kameron Miller, of the W. Va. State Bar Young Lawyers Section, coordinated a luncheon on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, in Kanawha County with the Honorable Irene Berger and Honorable Tod J. Kaufman about the practice of law and litigating in state and federal court.  The WV State Bar Young Lawyers Committee would like to thank Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown and Poe, PLLC for providing lunch for this event.

Public Comment 

Establishment of Unified Electronic Filing System

Request for Comments on Proposed Amendments to the West Virginia Trial Court Rules, Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Criminal Procedure -

On October 29, 2013, Matt Arrowood, Director of Circuit Clerk Services, presented proposed amendments to the West Virginia Trial Court Rules, West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure, and Rules of Criminal Procedure, all to establish the Unified Electronic Filing System.
The Court did provisionally approve said amendments, as well as a period of public comment on the proposed amendments. Additions are indicated by underlining. Comments may be filed in writing with the Clerk of this Court on or before

December 30, 2013.

Request for Public Comment

Request for public comment on the Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, the Guidelines for Children’s Guardians Ad Litemin Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, and the required form Guardian Ad Litem Report.

By order entered October 15, 2013, the Court approved a period of public comment on proposed amendments to the Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, the Guidelines for Children’s Guardians Ad Litem in Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, and a required form Guardian Ad Litem Report. Comments may be filed, in writing, with the Clerk of Court, on or before January 13, 2014.

L.E.O. Approved by the Lawyer Disciplinary Board

The Lawyer Disciplinary Board approved the following L.E.O. at its October 25, 2013 meeting: L.E.O. 2013-02 Potential Conflicts of Interest for Federal Government or Military Attorneys Defending Agencies Against Furlough-related Complaints
Click Here for the L.E.O

Upcoming Events

November 19, 2013 6:00pm
WV Ethics Commission Seminar – WV Governmental Ethics Act

Location: Hardy County Division of Highways Headquarters, located at 39 Second Lane, 2104 SR 55, in Moorefield, W.Va

Host: The West Virginia Ethics Commission

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November 21, 2013 6:00pm
Work Smarter, Live Happier – Technology Can Make It Happen Annual YLD Legal Ease – Pig Roast

Location: Edgewood Country Club

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association

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November 21, 2013
WVCLE Healthcare Law Seminar

Location: WVU Medical Center – Charleston Division, Charleston, WV; Attend via Distant Learning Technology at: WVU Medical Center – Eastern Division, Martinsburg, WV and WVU Medical Center – Morgantown Division, Morgantown, WV

Host: WVCLE

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February 7-8, 2014

WVCLE Litigation 2014 Seminar

Location: Canaan Valley Resort – Davis, WV

Host: WVCLE

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