Bar Blast 8-27-2013

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August 27, 2013
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Annual Membership Reporting and Fees 2013-14  

Due September 3, 2013 

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. Well in advance of the September 3, reporting deadline, you should confirm that you have a password and are familiar with the system.  You do not want encounter problems at the end of the reporting period that may negatively impact your ability to submit your information and subject you to late reporting penalties.  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 submissions, which must be paid at the time of submission.Members who wish to file online and select to pay by check are not subject to the $10 processing fee. Questions: contact Anita Casey atcaseya@wvbar.org

Lawyer Assistance Program Executive Director

The Board of Directors of The West Virginia Lawyer Assistance Program is pleased to announce the hiring of George Daugherty to serve as the new/first Director of the program.  George’s office will be at a confidential private entrance on the lower level of the State Bar Center in Charleston.  He will be available to accept calls at a private number (304-553-7232) on a 24 hour a day basis so that initial contacts may be arranged to assure confidentiality.  Arrangements may also be made to meet at some neutral location for the same reason.  George can also be reached by email at daughertyg@wvbar.org.

Hearing or Visually Impaired Attorneys

The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind are attempting to determine if there are lawyers in West Virginia who are themselves deaf or have a particular interest in the issues of the deaf community.  Likewise, are there lawyers who are blind or have represented persons who are blind in issues around access. The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind stress with older students how to appropriately advocate for themselves.  Knowing how lawyers can be contacted and how their services can help in advocating for their rights could be very helpful.  If you have information, or are willing to assist, contact Lynn Boyer, Ph.D., Superintendent, West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, 301 East Main Street, Romney, WV  26757, 304.822.4801,

Email:  lboyer@access.k12.wv.us

State Bar Regional Meetings 2013

The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce that nine Regional Meetings will be held this fall. These meetings will provide 3.0 Continuing Legal Education credits in the areas of ethics, office management, substance abuse, and/or elimination of bias. Lunch will be included at each meeting.
Each Regional Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last until, approximately, 1:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per person. One of The State Bar’s Officers will attend each meeting.
For more information and online registration click here

Access to Justice Survey

In an effort to better understand how West Virginia lawyers are helping to meet the legal needs of West Virginians, the Access to Justice Commission of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is conducting a survey of members of the State Bar to gain more information about your experiences in performing pro bono work. Recognizing that lawyers often provide legal assistance in a variety of ways at little or no costs to clients, the Access to Justice Commission wants to hear from you to determine the types of pro bono work being performed, as well as what we can do to better recognize and increase such efforts.

Human Rights Commission Administrative Law Judge

The West Virginia Human Rights Commission is pleased to announce that on August 16, 2013, Allison C. Anderson joined the Commission as an Administrative Law Judge.

Judge Anderson is a 2003 graduate of Marshall University and 2006 graduate of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. Prior to joining the Commission, Judge Anderson practiced with the law firm of Farrell, White & Legg PLLC for seven years specializing in the areas of medical malpractice and product liability defense.

Upcoming Events

August 30-31, 2013
Practicing Law Ethically Update:  Bridging the Digital Divide

Location: WVU College of Law

Host: WVCLE

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September 13, 2013
Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend 

Location: The WVU Erickson Alumni Center – Morgantown, WV

Host: WV Bar Foundation

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September 13-14, 2013
WVCLE Family Law Institute Seminar
Speakers include: Andrew S. Nason, The Honorable Mike Kelly, Scott N. Friedman, Rachel L. Fletcher Cipoletti, Cindy MacAulay, Virginia Supcoe, Richard A. Bush, Dean Boland, Delby Pool, and Reed Spangler. This seminar is accredited for 9.8 WV MCLE credits, including 3.8 ethics and law office management credits. 

Location: WVU College of Law

Host: WVCLE

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September 27-28, 2013
Solo & Small Firm Conference

Location: WVU College of Law

Host: WVCLE

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October 8, 2013
56th Annual Tax Seminar

Location: Wheeling Jesuit University: Wheeling WV

Host: The Tri-State Tax Institute and Wheeling Jesuit University

October 18-19, 2013
Update on the Law

Location: WVU College of Law

Host: WVCLE

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November 8-9, 2013
Shale Gas Law 

Location: WVU College of Law

Host: WVCLE

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