Bar Blast 11-19-13

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November 19, 2013
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Secretary of State Natalie Tennant Asks for Update to Notary Law

The Interim Commission on Interstate Cooperation will consider adopting the Uniform Law Commission’s (ULC) Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) in a meeting set for Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in the Senate Finance Committee Room (Capitol 451-M).

Click here to read the bill

For additional information contact Business & Licensing Manager Penney Barker at pbarker@wvsos.com

West Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting
Make plans to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting which will be held in Charleston, WV on May 9th & 10th. This event has been approved for 6 hours of MCLE including 3 hours of ethics/law office technology. Details will be coming soon.

Lawyer Referral Service Updates

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

The Lawyer Referral Service Committee is also looking for feedback from members on how it can improve the program.

Succession PlanningThe 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.

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.

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.
Applications must be completed and received no later than December 3, 2013.

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 at www.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.

30th Judicial Circuit VacancyThe Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 30th Judicial Circuit serving Mingo County.   Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 3, 2013. The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is December 9, 2013. 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 December 16, 2013.

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.

Public Comment

Establishment of Unified Electronic Filing SystemRequest 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 CommentRequest 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 Litem in 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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