Bar Blast 12-17-13

December 17, 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.

Members of the Lawyer Referral Service  

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.

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.

Tax Credits Available!

The West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest seeks donations to help us fund WVU law students who want to work in summer and full-time jobs with legal aid, the public defender and other WV public interest organizations.

There is good news for our donors.  The Fund has been granted permission by the State’s Neighborhood Investment Program to give tax credits to its donors.

Donors who contribute $500 or more get half the donation back in the form of a WV tax credit.  This credit can be used by the donor against the donor’s WV personal income tax, corporate net profits tax or business franchise tax.

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.

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

January 17-18, 2014Save the Date

WVBA’s Young Lawyers Getaway 

Location: The Greenbrier 

Host: West Virginia Bar Association

More Information

February 7-8, 2014

WVCLE Litigation 2014 Seminar

Location: Canaan Valley Resort – Davis, WV

Host: WVCLE

More Information

May 15, 2014

Finance and Estate Planning Seminar 

Location:Edgewood Country Club – Charleston, WV

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

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