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STATE BAR REGIONAL MEETINGS - NEW!!
Wheeling - October 2Parkersburg - October 3Huntington - October 4Bridgeport - October 16Moorefield - October 17
The Eastern Panhandle      - October 18 
Beckley - October 23Charleston - October 24Morgantown - October 25 
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DUES AND FRD COMPLIANCE REPORTS BECOME DELINQUENT AFTER SEPTEMBER 4, 2012

Due to September 1 falling on a Saturday, and the Labor Day holiday falling on September 3, the period for paying dues and submitting FRD Compliance reports is extended until SEPTEMBER 4, 2012.

Dues payments and compliance reports received, whether online, mail, email, or by hand delivery, become delinquent at midnight September 4.  Late payments and late reporting are each subject to separate  $25.00 penalties.

**Registration to complete your compliance information and submit payment online will close at midnight on August 29. To register online before the deadline click here.

If you have not registered before that time you will need to submit via paper form. If you need a replacement dues notice, FRD compliance form, or IOLTA compliance form please click here. Your State Bar number should be placed on all forms submitted.

For any questions concerning online submissions please contact Mike Mellace at MellaceM@wvbar.org.

LAWYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The West Virginia State Bar is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director of the newly organized West Virginia Lawyer Assistance Program (“WVLAP”).  The ideal applicant will be an experienced attorney with recovery experience.  However, experienced, credentialed professionals with an advanced degree in an appropriate field such as addiction, mental health, or employee assistance will be considered.  Applicants should understand the problems of professionals experiencing impairments such as substance abuse, addiction, gambling, mental/emotional issues, and other potentially debilitating conditions.  Superior communications and organizational skills are required, as is knowledge of evaluation and treatment methods.  PEIA health insurance, state retirement plan and other benefits are included or available.  The Executive Director will report to and be supervised by the WVLAP Board of Directors.  As an employee of the West Virginia State Bar, the WVLAP Executive Director will be precluded from engaging in the private practice of law.   Applications, in the form of a resume, with references, must be received on or before Monday, October 1, 2012 and should be sent to: WVLAP, The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard,Charleston, West Virginia 25311-1231 or emailed with attention to WVLAP at caseya@wvbar.org.

LAWYER DISCIPLINARY BOARD REQUEST FOR COMMENTS: SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT COMMITTEE
The Lawyer Disciplinary Board has received a request for an opinion concerning the “indemnify and hold harmless” language contained in settlement agreements. 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 Settlement Agreement Committee, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304. Deadline for submissions: October 12, 2012.

COMMENTS REQUESTED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CIVIL PROCEEDINGS RULES  

The Court is requesting comments on the Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Domestic Violence Civil Proceedings, Rules 4 and 11. The contact person is the Deputy Clerk, Edythe Nash Gaiser, her contact information is as follows:  phone no. 304-558-2601 and email address: Edythe.Nash@courtswv.gov

Upcoming Events

AUGUST 31 & SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 COAL LAW SEMINAR

WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present the “Coal Law” seminar on August 31 & September 1, 2012, at the WVU College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia.  Speakers include:  Jeffrey K. Phillips, Professor Patrick C. McGinley, Benjamin L. Bailey, Joseph L. Jenkins, Robert G. McLusky, P. Nathan Bowles, Jr., William D. Wilmoth, Paul E. Frampton, and David J. Laurent.  This seminar is accredited for 9.5 WV MCLE credits.  The seminar begins at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning and adjourns at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  The Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa (304-594-1111) has rooms available for Friday night only at a rate of $199 per night, without tax.  Mention “WVCLE” to reserve a room in our block at this rate.  If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or call (304) 293-7255.

SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 - WVCLE ETHICS SEMINAR – SPACE AND TICKETS AVAILABLE!

WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present the “Ethics” seminar on September 1, 2012, at the WVU College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia.  Speakers include:  Robert H. Davis and Lonnie C. Simmons.  Our experts will address the following topics:  Ethics and Malpractice Compliant Avoidance and 50 Shades of Grey:  Murky Ethical Issues Faced by Lawyers on a Daily Basis.  This seminar is accredited for 3.0 WV MCLE credits, including 3.0 Ethics credits.  The seminar begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and adjourns at 11:00 a.m.  The Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa (304-594-1111) has rooms available for Friday night only at a rate of $199 per night, tax not included. Mention “WVCLE” to reserve a room in our block at this rate.   If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, pleaseCLICK HERE or call (304) 293-7255.

SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2012 - WVCLE INSURANCE LAW SEMINAR

WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present the “Insurance Law” seminar on September 21-22, 2012, live at the WVU College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia.  Speakers include:  Professor Thomas C. Cady, Ancil G. Ramey, Vincent J. King, John J. Polak, Eric J. Hulett, Cheryl A. Fisher, Paul K. Reese, John R. McGhee, Erika Klie Kolenich, Thomas J. Hurney, and Burke A. Christensen.  This seminar is accredited for 9.6 WV MCLE credits, including 1.2 Ethics credits.  The seminar begins at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning and adjourns at 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning.  If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or call (304) 293-7255.

OCTOBER 23, 2012 - TRI-STATE TAX INSTITUTE
The 55th annual tax seminar sponsored by the Tri-State Tax Institute and Wheeling Jesuit University will be held on October 23, 2012 on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling.  Our featured presentation this year is Jeffrey Wright, tax leader in the oil and gas industry practice of Deloitte & Touche’s Houston, Texas office, speaking on Oil and Gas Tax Considerations from the Landowner’s Perspective.  Other topics include Creative Charitable Planning with Non-Cash Assets, Economic Update, Ethics, and Income Tax Legislation Update. For additional information on the program and to register click here. If you have questions, contact Cathy Rector at Wheeling Jesuit University at rector@wju.edu. You may also contact Robert J. Krall, Esq., Chairman of the Institute at rkrall@hmhy.com or 304-242-2300.  CLE credits are approved for West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, including an hour of ethics credit.

SAVE THE DATE

Court-Approved GAL Training-Trainings for guardians ad litem (GALs) in family court and child abuse/neglect cases will take place onNovember 14, 2012, at the Charleston Marriott and November 16, 2012, at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown.  Sponsored by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the trainings will meet the new guidelines for family court GALs under the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Family Court, as well as the new training requirement for child abuse/neglect GALs/children’s attorneys under W.Va. Code §49-6-2(a).  Registration information will be available this summer.