Bar Blast 9-3-2013

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September 3, 2013
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Annual Membership Reporting and Fees 2013-14  

Due September 3, 2013 

Members who have not completed annual reporting and fees before midnight on September 3, will be assessed an automatic penalty of $25.00 for late reporting of your Financial Responsibility Disclosure and a separate penalty of $25.00 for late payment of fees.    Please check with your firm administrator to see if arrangements have been made with the State Bar for payment of your fees before contacting the State Bar. If you would like to verify your payment click here. If you have not completed these requirements, Click here for instructions. Click here for a video tutorial on how to submit. 

Since the State Bar anticipates an unusually high number of calls on September 3rd, if you have not previously logged intowww.mywvbar.org and setup your password, you may wish to submit by paper to ensure that a late fee is not added to your account. If you are unable to do so before the midnight September 3 date, your WRITTEN REQUEST FOR A WAIVER OF LATE FEES must be presented to the State Bar Board of Governors.  That written request should be sent to Anita Casey at caseya@wvbar.org or 2000 Deitrick Blvd, Charleston, WV 25311.

 If you wish to pay and report by paper, forms are available onThe 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. Your envelope must be postmarked no later than midnight on September, 3rd 2013.

Questions?  Contact Anita Casey.

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

Lunch & Laughs With a Legal Legend

A Legal Legend event will be held on Friday, September 13, 2013, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown.
The following distinguished entities have agreed to serve as Sponsors: Jackson Kelly; Kay, Casto and Chaney; McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner; Phillips, Gardill, Kaiser and Altmeyer; Spilman, Thomas and Battle; Steptoe and Johnson; Tenmile Land; White Law Offices; the WV Bar Foundation, and the WVU President’s Office.

The proceeds will be shared by Judge Keeley’s designated choice of law student clinics at the WVU College of Law and for Bar Foundation grants to improve the administration of justice in the state. Sponsorships of $2,000 provide a reserved table with 10 seats. Individual tickets can be purchased for $60. Please contact the Bar Foundation to make reservations: tom@wvbarfoundation.org – 304-343-9823

P. O. 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.

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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.  Although the website does not yet contain detailed information on practice areas, the Bar is working on supplementing information of general interest, by subject area, and providing links to services and other websites which may be used by the potential client to evaluate whether a referral to an attorney is needed.  Please be sure to notify your staff of this new service.  Questions?  Contact Anita Casey at caseya@wvbar.org.

Upcoming Events

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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