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SAVE THE DATE – The State Bar’s Annual Meeting will be held April 20 & 21, 2012 in Wheeling at Oglebay Resort.  There will be 12 hours of CLE available, including 6 hours in ethics, substance abuse and law office management.  Click here for registration information.  Click herefor the agenda.

The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce, congratulate and welcome the newest members of The State Bar Board of Governors and the Young Lawyers Executive Committee:

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

District 11 – Kevin B. Burgess – Fayetteville

District 12 – Joyce Morton – Webster Springs

District 13 – Norman T. Farley – Clarksburg

District 14 – Debra H. Scudiere – Morgantown

District 15 – C. Paul Estep – Kingwood

District 16 – William J. Powell – Martinsburg

African American Representative – Meshea L. Poore – Charleston

YOUNG LAWYER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

District 11 – Samuel R. White – Summersville

District 12 – Jasmine R. H. Morton – Webster Springs

District 13 – William J. O’Brien – Bridgeport

District 14 – Shannon P. Smith – Morgantown

District 15 – Cody E. Nett – Kingwood

District 16 – Matthew L. Harvey – Martinsburg

African American Representative – Kameron T. Miller – Charleston

WV PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES – West Virginia Public Defender Services would like to announce to start-up of a new on-line system designed to improve the court-appointed voucher system and speed-up the time spent in voucher preparation and review. The new Online Voucher System (“OVS”) lets attorneys easily create, submit, and track court appointed vouchers electronically.  The system can be accessed by any Web-enabled device using current versions of the major browsers.  The application uses the latest in Web security protocols to ensure all information is transmitted securely.

The new system will be fully operational on MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012. For further information (including registration information) please contact Sheila Coughlin, Teresa Asbury or Kitty Wilson at (304) 558-3905 or log-on to www.wvpds.org
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WEST VIRGINIA STATE BAR ABA REPRESENTATIVE – At its meeting of January 13, 2012, The West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors modified the policy, which has been in effect for the past several years, of naming the Immediate Past President as the State Bar’s ABA Representative. The Board of Governors was of the opinion that it was in the best interest of the Bar to allow an individual to remain in the ABA Representative position for a period in excess of one year. Effective in 2012, any Past President of The West Virginia State Bar is eligible to self-nominate or to be nominated to serve as The State Bar’s ABA Representative for a term of three years. The individual may be elected to serve one additional, successive, three year term. Before nominating a Past President, that individual must be contacted to confirm that he/she will accept the nomination, if selected by the Board of Governors. Nominations for ABA State Bar Representative should be submitted to Anita R. Casey no later than April 4, 2012, in order to appear on The State Bar Board of Governors’ agenda of April 19, 2012. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Tish Chafin at 304-234-2221, Dan Callaghan at dan@callabhanlawyers.com or 304-872-6050 or Nick Casey at gncasey@lgcr.com or 304-345-2000.

CRIMINAL LAW COMMITTEE MEETING OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE STATE BAR – The West Virginia State Bar’s  Criminal Law Committee will meet on April 6, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at the offices of Bailey & Glasser.  There is no need to register for the meeting in advance.  If you are unable to attend in person, you may call in, at no cost to you, by using the following number:  1469-941-0741 with the code 404-355-8148.  If you have questions, please contact Sandy Hanning  at Bailey & Glasser, 209 Capitol Street, 304-345-6555 or shanning@baileyglasser.com.

LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION – Notice of Availability of Competitive – Grant Funds for Calendar Year 2013 – The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announces the availability of competitive grant funds to provide civil legal services to eligible clients during calendar year 2013. A Request for Proposals (RFP) and other information pertaining to the LSC grants competition will be available fromwww.grants.lsc.gov during the week of April 9, 2012. In accordance with LSC’s multiyear funding policy, grants are available for only specified service areas. To review the service areas for which competi tive grants are available, by state, go to www.grants.lsc.gov/about-grants/where-we-fund and click on the name of the state. A full list of all service areas in competition will also be posted on that page.

Applicants must file a Notice of Intent to Compete (NIC) through the online application system in order to participate in the competitive grants process. Information about LSC Grants funding, the application process, eligibility to apply for a grant, and how to file a NIC is available at www.grants.lsc.gov/about-grants. Complete instructions will be available in the Request for Proposals Narrative Instruction. Please refer to Competition@lsc.gov.

BAR FOUNDATION FELLOWS DINNER – APRIL 26, 2012 – The Bar Foundation Board of Directors has selected the members of the 2012 class of Bar Foundation Fellows.

This year’s group of seventeen lawyers and three members of the judiciary joins 223 lawyers and 32 judges, who have been previously selected as Bar Foundation Fellows.

The Annual Reception and Dinner to honor the 2012 class will be held on Thursday, April 26, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston.
The well attended black tie optional event begins at 6:30PM and the cost is $125 per person or $1,250 for a table of ten persons.

Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations-(304)-343-9823,

tom@wvbarfoundation.org or WV Bar Foundation, 2008A Kanawha Blvd., East, Charleston, WV 25311.

 

The 2012 Bar Foundation Fellows are:
James M. Brown – Beckley
Phyllis H. Carter – Institute
Sandra M. Chapman – Wheeling
The Honorable Edwin F. Flowers – Morgantown
F. Thomas Graff, Jr. – Charleston
Anthony G. Halkias – Charleston
Carl L. Harris – Fayetteville
David W. McCauley – Buckhannon
Teresa C. McCune – Williamson
Taunja Willis Miller – Morgantown
The Honorable Alan D. Moats – Grafton
C. David Morrison – Bridgeport
Steven K. Nord – Huntington
Thomas O. Patrick – Morgantown
Cheryl Dean Riley – Wheeling
Frederick M. Dean Rohrig – Middlebourne
The Honorable O. C. Spaulding – Winfield
Ward D. Stone, Jr. – Morgantown
Charles Samuel Trump, IV – Berkeley Springs
Jeff C. Woods – Hurricane 

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT – The Court has published for comment proposed amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law, as recommended by the Board of Law Examiners.  The proposed amendments would increase the passing score on the MPRE.  They also exclude internet-based law courses from the equivalency policy,  include the policy for use of laptops when taking the exam, set forth the administrative appeal procedure before the Board in certain instances, and amend the conditional admission provisions.  For the complete proposed amendments review the Court’s March 9, 2012 Order by clicking here.  The deadline for filing comments is May 21, 2012.

SOUTHEASTERN MINORITY JOB FAIR – The Southeastern Minority Job Fair will be held in Atlanta, GA on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and July 28.  This is a great opportunity for employers to interview more than 900 students and recent graduates from 50+ ABA-approved law schools, including students from the West Virginia University College of Law.  The deadline to register is Friday, May 4th.  To learn more about the program and registration fees, visit www.semjf.org

WEST VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE NOW OFFERS TEXT ALERTS – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office Now Offers “Text Alerts”.  Sign up and receive alerts relating to West Virginia Code changes relating to business laws and business filing deadlines.  To sign up, go to www.wvsos.com, click on the “text alert – sign up” at the top of the page and enter your ten digit mobile phone number and your cellular carrier. Then click Subscribe. You’ll get important information from our office delivered right to your cell phone. Please remember that standard text messaging rates apply and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you have questions, contact Penney Barker at PBarker@wvsos.com or 304-558-6000.

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT – The Court has published for Comment Proposed Amendments to  Create Rule 29, Commercial Litigation, WV Trial Court Rules. The Business Court Study Committee was created by the Court for the purpose of evaluating the business court legislation passed as Enrolled Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 4352, including the law’s applicability, practicality, and any other issues the members may discover in the course of their study.  Click here to review the Order.  Comments should be filed in writing with the Clerk of the Court on or before May 11, 2012.