Bar Blast 1-28-14

January 28, 2014
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Public Service Announcement  

Office of Disciplinary Counsel

The primary purpose of the West Virginia Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel is to protect the public, to reassure the public as to the reliability and integrity of attorneys, and to safeguard its interests in the administration of justice. The public expects lawyers to exhibit the highest standards of integrity and honesty. Lawyers have a duty not to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, or interference with the administration of justice. Lawyers are officers of the court and must operate within the bounds of the law and act in a manner to maintain the integrity of the Bar.

In light of the recent events, the Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel reminds citizens that there are strict rules that prohibit lawyers or anyone acting on behalf of a lawyer or a law firm from direct in-person or telephone solicitation with prospective clients that the lawyer or law firm has no family or prior professional relationship. Additionally, a lawyer or law firm is permitted to directly solicit prospective clients by mail or by recorded communication, but it must clearly designated as “Advertising Material” and may not involve coercion, duress or harassment.

Violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct should be reported to the West Virginia Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel. You may contact the Office at 304-558-7999 and you may access the website at  www.wvodc.org.

2014 State Bar Membership Directory

The 2014 edition of the membership directory should be available in February. If you wish to order a paper version click here for the order form.

11th Judicial Circuit Vacancy

The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 11th Judicial Circuit serving Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties. Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 3, 2014. The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is February 10, 2014. Applications and instructions are available at www.governor.wv.gov. To contact the Commission regarding the application process, please call Janet Shelton at 304-558-2000. Interviews will be held on March 3, 2014.

Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Elections

On January 13, 2014 nominating petitions were mailed via USPS to members in Districts 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10. When signed by the requisite number of members, the petition must be received, by mail, email or fax no later than midnight

February 11, 2014, by the Executive Director of The West Virginia State Bar.

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Intellectual Property Law Committee

The State Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Committee is seeking a chairperson.  If you are interested in serving as chairperson, and revitalizing the Committee’s activities, please contact Anita Casey at caseya@wvbar.org or 304-553-7228.

2014 Judicial Benchbook  

The 2014 Judicial Benchbook for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings is available for free download at  http://www.wvcip.com/software-download.html.  This resource includes information about court opinions, rules, statutes, and special topics in the child abuse/neglect field.

Moot Court Judges Needed

The National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition at WVU Law is looking for volunteer judges. Now in its fourth year, the competition attracts exceptional law students from across the country. Interested parties should contact Marc Valentine at wvumoot@mail.wvu.edu.

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West Virginia Board of Education  

Staff Attorney Vacancy 

The West Virginia Board of Education is currently taking applications for a Staff Attorney position.  The position will remain open and applications accepted until filled by a qualified applicant as determined by the WVBE.

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Upcoming Events

February 7-8, 2014

WVCLE Litigation 2014 Seminar

Location: Canaan Valley Resort – Davis, WV

Host: WVCLE

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February 24, 2014

WVCLE Regulation of CO2 Emissions Seminar 

Location: WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WV

Host: WVCLE

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March 27, 2014

WVCLE Hot Issues in the Shale Play 

Location: Charleston Civic Center – Charleston, WV

Host: WVCLE

May 9-10, 2014

WV State Bar Annual Meeting 

Location: Charleston, WV

Host: WV State Bar
This event has been approved for 6 hours of MCLE including 3 hours of ethics/law office technology. Details coming soon.

May 15, 2014

Finance and Estate Planning Seminar 

Location:Edgewood Country Club – Charleston, WV

Host: WV State Bar Probate Law Committee & WV Bankers Association

May 16, 2014

Mountain State Bar Annual MCLE  

Location: Huntington, WV

Host:Mountain State Bar
6 HOURS MCLE INCLUDING 2 HOURS OF ETHICS/LAW TECHNOLOGY AND E-FILING IN WEST VIRGINIA

June 17-18, 2014

Basic Mediator Training 

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

Host: WV State Bar ADR Comittee

July 7 & 10, 2014

CIP Child Abuse and Neglect Training  

July 7, 2014, at the Bridgeport Conference Center

July 10, 2014, at the Charleston Marriott

Registration will open this spring, when information will be posted on www.wvcip.com

July 8 & 11, 2014

CIP Juvenile Law Training 

July 8, 2014, at the Bridgeport Conference Center

July 11, 2014, at the Charleston Marriott

Registration will open this spring, when information will be posted on  www.wvcip.com.

July 17, 2014

Advanced Mediator Training 

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

Host: WV State Bar ADR Comittee