Bar Blast 12-10-13

December 10, 2013
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Lawyer Referrals 

If you are unable to assist a potential client with a legal matter, please refer the individual to the lawyer referral website (www.wvlawyerreferral.org).  The website provides 24/7 access and allows clients to select the attorney(s) they may wish to contact both by subject area and by distance/location. Please be sure to notify your staff of this new service.  Questions?  Contact Anita Casey at caseya@wvbar.org.

West Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting
Make plans to attend the 2014 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.

Family Law Committee Meeting

The State Bar Family Law Committee will meet at the State Bar Center in Charleston, WV on November 13th at 11:00am. Members who confirm their attendance with Kathy Henning at henningk@wvbar.org in advance will have lunch reserved. For more information regarding the Family Law Committee contact Lyne Ranson at lyne@lyneranson.com.

Closure of United States District Court Courthouse Facilities at Parkersburg, West Virginia The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia announces the closure of the courthouse facilities at the Parkersburg Division.
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 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 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.

Amendments to the Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure to Increase Membership of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board

At a Regular Term of the Supreme Court of Appeals continued and held at Charleston, Kanawha County, on the 26th day of November, 2013, the following order was made and
entered: Click here for the Amendments

Amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law

At a Regular Term of the Supreme Court of Appeals continued and held at Charleston, Kanawha County, on the 20th day of November, 2013, the following order was made and entered: Click here for the Amendments

Upcoming Events

December 13, 2013

WVCLE Using Best Practices & Procedures and Avoiding Pitfalls Seminar 

Location: Country Inn & Suites – Beckley, West Virginia

Host: WVCLE

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January 17-18, 2014Save the Date

WVBA’s Young Lawyers Getaway 

Location: The Greenbrier 

Host: West Virginia Bar Association

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February 7-8, 2014

WVCLE Litigation 2014 Seminar

Location: Canaan Valley Resort – Davis, WV

Host: WVCLE

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June 17-18, 2014

Basic Mediation Training 

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

Host: WV State Bar ADR Comittee

July 17, 2014

Advanced Mediation Training 

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

Host: WV State Bar ADR Comittee