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Annual Membership Reporting and Fees 2013-14  

On June 17, all members were mailed a membership reporting and fees post-card.Click here for a sample copy of the post card. This post-card will give you instructions on how to pay your 2013-14 membership fees and complete your FRD and IOLTA reporting online. You are encouraged to use the online reporting option. Although this method of submission differs from past paper reporting, the new system will be easier in the long run and is a much more cost effective method of reporting. A firm administrator may also register to do all the payment of fees and reporting of FRD and IOLTA for the entire firm. If you wish to continue with paper reporting, forms will be available on The State Bar’s website. There is a $10.00 processing fee for all paper FRD & IOLTA submissions, which must be paid at the time of submission. Questions: contact Anita Casey atcaseya@wvbar.org.

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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 Renewals 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.

Criminal Law Committee

The Criminal Law Committee will be sponsoring an update on the law, free, one hour CLE seminar on July 15th at noon at The State Bar Center. Tom Smith will be the presenter. The seminar will include lunch but will be limited to the first 35 registrants. Please advise Kathy Henning if you will be attending by contacting her at henningk@wvbar.org before July 12.

Call for Energy Papers

Volume 116 of the West Virginia Law Review will be publishing the second-annual Energy and Sustainability Issue and is looking for articles discussing environmental, natural resource, energy, and related policy topics. Anyone interested in writing an article for this issue should submit a 1000-word proposal describing the article’s specific topic, including why the topic is important and how the article will relate to the theme of the issue. Proposals should be sent to Imad S. Matini or Alan J. Wilson at imad.s.matini@gmail.com or awilso50@mix.wvu.edu, respectively. You can find more information here.

Fee Changes for Uniform Commercial Code Filings

Effective July 12, 2013, pursuant to West Virginia Code §46-9-525, (Senate Bill 426 – 2013 Legislative Session) the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office is required to implement fee changes for all Uniform Commercial Code Filings and Uniform Commercial Code Searches.

PHISHING SCAMS

 The State Bar has again received notice of several phishing/solicitation scams. Members need to be careful in responding to any email from an individual they do not know.

Minority Clerkship Reception 

The State Bar’s Minority Lawyers Committee is sponsoring a reception for all minority summer law clerks on July 11, 2013, from 5:00 to 7:00.  The reception will be held at the State Bar Center.  Please come to meet and welcome these rising stars.  If you plan to attend or have any questions, please contact Kathy Henning at henningk@wvbar.org by Monday, July 8.

MCLE Updates

The current 2012-2014 MCLE reporting period does not end until June 30, 2014. We are working diligently to get MCLE submissions online again very shortly. You can submit a paper form from our website or wait until our new system is up for online submissions. Thank you for your patience as we upgrade our new system.

Beginning on September 1, 2013 any attorney who attends a CLE held at a location outside of West Virginia must confirm with the seminar sponsor that the seminar sponsor has paid the appropriate fee for approval of the seminar to the West Virginia State Bar.  If the seminar sponsor is not a West Virginia State Bar presumptive provider (i.e. has paid the $500 yearly sponsor fee) or has not paid $50 for approval of the specific seminar, each individual attorney wishing to receive WV MCLE credit for the course must complete Form A (add link here) and remit a $20 processing fee to the West Virginia State Bar.

All seminars that have been pre-approved will be listed by provider on the new WV State Bar membership portal in a drop down menu on the MCLE screen.  Seminar sponsors are being required by the WV State Bar MCLE Commission to provide a list of attendees within 30 days following each approved seminar.  If you are unable to locate your seminar on the website more than 30 days after attending the same, and you believe that your seminar was pre-approved, please contactHope Gresham.

WV Bar Exam Support

The YLS has launched its WV Bar Exam Support page on Facebook and Twitter.  The YLS created these social media outlets so that our young lawyers can offer support, encouragement, and advice to those taking the WV Bar Exam in July.  With the direction of District 14 YLS Representative, Shannon Smith, and young lawyer, Lindsey Saad, the WV Bar Exam Support answers questions, and gives exam takers tips and tricks to taking the bar exam.   Also, a list of “mentors” for each of the WV State Bar Districts is provided to our “followers” to help facilitate one-on-one contact with a lawyer in their area.   If you know of anyone who could use moral support while studying for the bar exam, please have them “like” our Facebook page (West Virginia Bar Exam Support) or follow us on Twitter.

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.

YLS Practice Handbook – Request for Volunteers

The State Bar is updating the Practice Handbook Chapters, which are located on the YLS website and is requesting volunteers to either update existing handbook chapters or author needed chapters. Click here for a full list.

Please consider helping the State Bar and lawyers throughout the State by volunteering.  Contact Shannon Smith and Jamie O’Brien.

Upcoming Events

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
Putting Mediation to Work in Your Practice: Advanced Mediation Annual Training

Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar’s ADR Committee

Location: Flatwoods, WV

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August 15-17, 2013
WVBA 127th Annual Meeting

Location: The Homestead
Host: The West Virginia Bar Association

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