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MCLE REMINDER

The 2010-2012 reporting period will end on June 30, 2012. The filing deadline is July 31, 2012. If necessary, you may take courses in the month of July 2012 and carry the credits back to meet the 2010-2012 requirement without any penalty. Courses carried back may NOT be split between two different reporting periods. You may carry over six excess general credits earned to the 2012-2014 reporting period. You may check your credits online and file approved activities completed using the State Bar’s website if you have an e-mail on file with the State Bar office. To access your records, go to www.wvbar.org, click on MCLE, then click Member Login.  If you have not used the new online submission program, you will need to go to the Password Reset Feature, enter your e-mail as on file with the State Bar, and click reset password.  You will then receive an e-mail with a link to create your password.  The password must be created within one hour.  You may then review your credits and submit credits online.  You may access the reporting period, the requirements, and forms by double-clicking MCLE on the website.  If you have questions, contact Hope Gresham at greshamh@wvbar.org.

Lawyer Disciplinary Board Request for Comments:  Electronic Media Committee

The Lawyer Disciplinary Board has received a request for an opinion concerning the retention and destruction of closed client filed which were kept in electronic format.  The Committee has drafted an L.E.O. to address this issue, and is soliciting public comments thereon.

Click here for a copy of the L.E.O.

 

Please submit  your written comments to the Electronic Media Committee, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304. Deadline for submissions isJuly 20, 2012.

Thinking of adding a new lawyer to your firm?  Or hiring a summer law clerk? Register now to find the best candidates from the West Virginia University College of Law!

 

If so, please take a minute to register for Fall 2012 on campus interviews at the West Virginia University College of Law. Right now there are two on campus interview sessions for law firms, courts, government agencies and corporations. The first session begins on Tuesday, September 4 and lasts until Friday, September 7. Click herefor more information.

Upcoming Events

JUNE 8th - NEW HORIZONTAL WELL ACT AND SHALE GAS LAW UPDATE SEMINAR

WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present “The New Horizontal Well Act and Shale Gas Law Update” seminar on June 8, 2012, live at the WVU Medical Center- Charleston Division, Charleston, West Virginia.  Speakers include:  Timothy M. Miller, Kathy G. Beckett, Joseph Lee Jenkins, P. Robert Pichardo, Jeffrey J. Rokisky, George A. Patterson, Andrew S. Graham and Rachael L. Fletcher Cipoletti.  This seminar is accredited for 7.5 WV MCLE credits, including 1.2 Ethics credits.  It is also accredited for 7.5 RL/RPL credits and 7.5 CPL recertification credits through AAPL.  Additionally, we have applied for MCLE credit in OH, PA, KY, and VA.  The seminar begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning and adjourns at 5:00 p.m.  If you would like to register for this seminarClick Here or for more information, please or dial (304) 293-7255.

MEDIATION TRAINING SESSIONS 

On June 12 and 13, 2012, The West Virginia State Bar’s ADR Committee will present its annual Basic Mediation Training Sessions. The sessions will be held at the Days Hotel in Flatwoods. The sessions provide 15.30 hours CLE credit with 1.0 hour in ethics. Registration deadline is June 6.

Click here to register for the Basic Mediation Training Sessions.

Click here for the Basic Mediation Training Sessions Agenda.

 

An Advanced Mediation Training Session will be held on July 11, 2012, also at the Days Hotel in Flatwoods. This session will offer 7 hours CLE credit.

Click here to register for the Advanced Mediation Training Session.

Click here to for the Advanced Mediation Training Session Agenda.

 

The State Bar has made arrangements with The Days Hotel for discounted rooms for those attending the training sessions. Contact should be made directly with the hotel at 866-700-7284. Advise the hotel you will be attending one of the training sessions to obtain The State Bar discount of $89.10 for a single or double room. If you have questions concerning the discounted rooms, contact Kathy Henning at

henningk@wvbar.org or 304-558-1044. 

FREE CLE  
Friday, June 15th
 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and West Virginia will be recognizing the day with events at the Capitol. From 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Chamber of the House of Delegates, Maryland lawyer and mediator Carolyn Rodis will give a presentation approved for 2.4 general CLE hours (no ethics hours available).  Ms. Rodis will speak about financial exploitation of seniors and the growing specialty of elder mediation.  Space is limited.  Please click here for a flyer about the event and to RSVP.  For any questions about this event please contact Melissa Wright with Legal Aid of West Virginia at 304-414-5429 or mwright@lawv.net. This event is hosted by the WV Financial Exploitation Task Force made possible with support from the Senior Medicare Patrol Grant.

JUNE 15 – ESTATE PLANNING UPDATE SEMINAR

The New WV Durable Power of Attorney Act and Other Important Estate Planning Issues (In Memory of Bruce L. Stout) WVCLE will present “Estate Planning Update: The New WV Durable Power of Attorney Act and Other Important Estate Planning Issues” seminar on June 15, 2012, live at the WVU Medical Center- Charleston Division, Charleston, West Virginia.  This seminar is dedicated to our friend and colleague, Bruce L. Stout, who served more than 25 years on the CLE Committee and spent thousands of hours educating lawyers, law students and the public about wills and estates.  Speakers include:  John F. Hussell, IV; Audy M. Perry, Jr.; Christopher J. Winton; John F. Allevato; Marcia A. Broughton; David R. Croft; and Rachael Cipoletti.  This seminar is accredited for 7.5 WV MCLE credits, including 1.0 Ethics credits.  We have also applied for MCLE credit in OH, PA, KY, and VA.  The seminar begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning and adjourns at 5:00 p.m.  If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please Click Here or dial (304) 293-7255.

GOVERNMENT LAWYERS COMMITTEE HOT TOPICS CLE

On June 21, 2012 The West Virginia State Bar’s Government Lawyers Committee will present its annual Government Lawyer Hot Topics CLE at the State Capitol. Come join us for a day full of sessions addressing issues which affect federal, state, county, and city government attorneys. The session provides 7 CLE credits including one credit in Ethics and one credit in office management . Registration deadline is June 18th.

Click here to Register.

Click here for the Agenda.

COURT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

Registration is now open for the 2012 Court Improvement Program cross-training conferences.  There is no fee for the conferences, which will take place July 23-24 at the Charleston Marriott and July 26-27,2012, at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown.  To view the brochure and register, click here.