BAR BLAST 8-5-2013

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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

Legal Services Day For Sexual Assault and Stalking Victims

Legal Aid of West Virginia and CONTACT Rape Crisis Center are hosting a free legal services day for sexual assault and stalking victims. The event is scheduled for Friday, August 16, 2013, at the Huntington Legal Aid office (1005 Sixth Avenue, Huntington, WV). Legal Aid is looking for attorneys to volunteer for the free legal services day.

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HIPPA Preemption Analysis 

The WV Executive Branch recently updated its HIPAA Preemption analysis. There is also a summary and flow chart explaining the mechanics of HIPAA preemption. Additionally, the Executive Branch’s Privacy Requirements document was recently updated, and provides a summary of all privacy laws impacting the enterprise. Both are revised annually to support the Executive Branch’s internal privacy compliance, and may be useful to others as a resource.  Any questions may be directed to Sallie Milam, WV’s Chief Privacy Officer, at 304-558-7000.

Lawyer Disciplinary Board Request for Comments

The Lawyer Disciplinary Board is soliciting public comments on the following Legal Ethics Opinions:

     –   L.E.O. 2013-02    The Duty of Counsel to Treat a Child Represented by Counsel (A Guardian Ad Litem) the Same as Any Other Person or Party in Terms of Prohibited Direct ContactPlease submit  your written comments to the following address:  Prohibited Direct Contact Issues, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304.  Deadline for submissions:
September 20, 2013.
     –   L.E.O. 2013-03    Potential Conflicts of Interest for Federal Government or Military Attorneys Defending Agencies Against Furlough-related Complaints. Please submit  your written comments to the following address:  Conflicts for Federal/Military Attorneys, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304.  Deadline for submissions:
September 20, 2013.

MCLE Updates

MCLE Submissions are now online at www.mywvbar.org

Click here for more information on how to start using our new MCLE reporting 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 “The Attorney Application for Individual Course Approval” 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.  
Please Note the current 2012-2014 MCLE reporting period does not end until June 30, 2014.

Attention All Government Lawyers or Lawyers who Practice in Areas Involving Governmental Entities

Government Law is one of the largest legal practices in West Virginia.   The State Bar Government Lawyers Committee membership includes lawyers who serve or practice at all governmental levels. The Committee tackles probative issues relevant to our practice and would welcome your participation in the group’s activities.  The Committee’s 2013 organizational meeting is August 27, 2013 at the State Bar Center in Charleston, West Virginia at noon. Please contact Kathy Henning, henningk@wvbar.org, if you are able to attend, would like lunch or, if you are unable to intend in person, would like instructions on how to participate by conference call. If you are unable to attend this meeting but wish to be part of the Committee, please contact Kathy Henning. I look forward to seeing you in August!! – Martha J. Hill, chair

Upcoming Events

August 15-17, 2013
WVBA 127th Annual Meeting

Location: The Homestead
Host: The West Virginia Bar Association

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August 16, 2013
Legal Services Day For Sexual Assault and Stalking Victims

Location: Huntington Legal Aid office (1005 Sixth Avenue, Huntington, WV)

Host: Legal Aid of West Virginia

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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 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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