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Young Lawyers Section Vacancy

The Young Lawyer’s Executive Committee currently has a vacancy in District 12 (Braxton, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster Counties).  If you are a young lawyer who is interested in serving on the YLS Committee, or if you know a young lawyer who would be a perfect candidate, please contact Jacqueline L. Sikora at jacqueline.sikora@courtswv.govor 304-291-7265.  All members in good standing with the 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, are considered “young lawyers.”  All nominees must have their principle office located in one of the District 12 counties.

Criminal Law Committee

The Criminal Law Committee is seeking new members.  If you are interested in joining the Committee, please plan to participate in a July 15 meeting at noon at the State Bar Center.  To be sure the Bar can accommodate those attending, please advise Kathy Henning if you will be attending in person or participating by phone. The call in number will be 1-760-569-7171 with a code of 582251.

Updated Rules for Lawyer Assistance Program

The Supreme Court has approved Amendments to the Rules of the Lawyer Assistance Program.

Annual Professional Limited Liability Organization Renewals 

In order to insure that your PLLC is in compliance with the laws of The State of West Virginia, you need to file an annual renewal application with The State Bar. Any change in the corporate organization from the prior year must be reported and copies of current certificates of insurance are required. Every PLLC must also register an email address.

If your organization renewed online last year click here to login. If not please click here to register to complete your online renewal. PLLC Annual Renewal are due by July 1, 2013.  If you have questions concerning PLLC reporting requirements contact Anita R. Casey at 304-553-7228 or caseya@wvbar.org. If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 or mellacem@wvbar.org.

Legal Aid Board of Directors
Four members of the West Virginia Bar were recently elected  to serve on Legal Aid of West Virginia’s Board of Directors. New members were seated at Legal Aid’s May 17, 2013, Board meeting.

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West Virginia Commission on Uniform State Laws

The West Virginia Commission on Uniform State Laws is established by statute to work with Commissioners from other states in the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) to develop uniform and model state acts, and when appropriate work with the West Virginia State Legislature to get them enacted into law in West Virginia.  By statute, the Commission issues an annual report.  Click here to view a copy of the 2013 Report to the Legislature.

Living Monuments

Living Monuments, a book featuring over 500 pictures of West Virginia’s 55 courthouse is available at Taylor Books in Charleston or by contacting the West Virginia Association of Counties at 304-346-0591 or wvaco@wvaco.org.  The coffee table size book highlights the history and architecture of the courthouses and is being issued on the eve of West Virginia’s 150th birthday.  The cost is $35 per book.

Attorney General Request for Proposal 

The Office of the West Virginia Attorney General has issued a Request for Proposal on behalf of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, which is seeking legal representation in conjunction with the purchase of property situated in Kanawha County for the purpose of creating a public access site. The Division of Natural Resources is specifically in need of an attorney to abstract the title, prepare a title report, prepare the deed, and hold the closing for this property on or before July 31, 2013. Qualified law firms or attorneys are invited to submit a proposal to represent the Division of Natural Resources to the Attorney General’s Office on or before Friday, June 14, 2013. For additional information regarding the Request for Proposal, please visit the Attorney General’s web site.

Legal Food Frenzy

Legal Food Frenzy was started in a Martinsburg Law Office in 2011 to generate friendly competition with other firms in Berkeley County to see which firm could raise the most food for the local food pantry.  This year we are taking Legal Food Frenzy statewide – that is where your firm can help. We are asking attorneys to bring in food and set up space in their lobby (be a host) for the community to drop off nonperishable items.  If you decided to participate, you will receive a flyer template that you can print and hang in your local community.

WVU College of Law Judicial Clerkship Directory

The WVU College of Law is compiling a judicial clerkship directory. They hope to identify all of our graduates who have served as state or federal judicial law clerks.

If you are a WVU College of Law graduate and have served as a state or federal judicial law clerk after graduation, please forward your name and current contact information, as well as your year of graduation, name of the judge you clerked for,

name of the court,  location of your clerkship,  and dates that you served as a clerk to Jennifer Powell, Director of the Center for Law and Public Service, by e-mailing her at Jennifer.powell@mail.wvu.edu

Upcoming Events

JUNE 13, 2013
WVCLE E-Discovery Seminar

Sponsor: WVCLE

Location: WVU Medical Center – Charleston, WV

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JUNE 18-19, 2013
Basic Mediation Annual Training Sessions

Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar’s ADR Committee

Location: Flatwoods, WV

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JUNE 20, 2013
Tribute Dinner Honoring Professor Franklin D. Cleckley benefiting the Innocence Project

Sponsor: WVU College of Law and many of the fine law firms of the state

Location:The Grand Hall of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences – Charleston, West Virginia

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JUNE 21, 2013
WVCLE Essential Skills Seminar

Sponsor: WVCLE

Location: Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

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JULY 9-11, 2013: Martinsburg – Holiday Inn

JULY 15-17:  Charleston - Embassy Suites
Court Improvement Program (CIP)

Sponsor: Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

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JULY 10, 2013
Advanced Mediation Annual Training Sessions

Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar’s ADR Committee

Location: Flatwoods, WV

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August 15-17, 2013
127th Annual Meeting

Location: The Homestead
Sponsor: The West Virginia Bar Association

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