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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.

Citizen Soldier Nominations Open – The 2012 Citizen Soldier Award will be presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of The West Virginia State Bar at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W.Va., on April 20, 2012.  To obtain information regarding the awards process click hereNominations are due April 2, 2012.

Young Lawyer of the Year Nominations Open – The 2012 Young Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of The West Virginia State Bar at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W.Va., on April 20, 2012.  To obtain information regarding the awards processclick here.  Nominations are due April 2, 2012.

2012 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY – The 2012 version of the membership directory is now available.  The directory is a digital .PDF file that can be saved to your computer.  As a service to our members, this version of the directory is only available through the member login.  Information available to the public remains unchanged (does not include member email addresses) under the Public Information tab on the website.  If you want a printed copy of the directory, you can download it from your computer or you may purchase a bound copy from Legal Directories Publishing Company.  To access the directory log into your account at https://www.wvbar.org/members/login.aspx and click on Membership Directory.  You will be able to view instructions on how to download and navigate through the directory. To order a printed directory click here for an order form.

PRO BONO REFERRAL PROJECT’S 2011 FIRM OF THE YEAR AWARD – The Pro Bono Referral Project will present the 2011 Firm of the Year award to the West Virginia law firm that donated the greatest number of pro bono service hours during the year at this year’s West Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting. If your firm and its attorneys have demonstrated a commitment to volunteer legal services through pro bono activities in 2011 and would like to be considered for the 2011 Firm of the Year Award, please report the number of hours worked, the organization for which the work was done and the type of work performed to Diane Young at dyoung@lawv.net or 304-623-6649, ext. 2315 by Friday, March 16, 2012. Pro Bono work does not have to be done through the Pro Bono Referral Project to be counted. Please contact Ms. Young with any questions.

UPDATE ON MARCELLUS SHALE & ITS DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR – MARCH 21, 2012 – WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present “Update on Marcellus Shale & Its Development” seminar on March 21, 2012, live at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia. Speakers include: Kenneth E. Tawney, Esquire; James W. Crews, Esquire, and J. Thomas Lane, Esquire. This seminar is accredited for 3.4 WV MCLE credits. This seminar begins at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon and adjourns at 3:00 p.m. This seminar is being held in conjunction with the West Virginia Manufacturing Association’s “M 2M Ethane Development Conference”, which is separate from this program. If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or dial (304) 293-7255.

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 contactSandy Hanning  at Bailey & Glasser, 209 Capitol Street, 304-345-6555 orshanning@baileyglasser.com.

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.

SAVE THE DATE!! – Mark your calendars for the 2012 Government Lawyers Committee Hot Topics CLE on June 21, 2012 at the WV Legislative House Chambers at the Capitol. Come join us for a day full of sessions addressing issues which affect federal, state, county, and city government attorneys. 2 hours of Ethics and Office Management CLE are pending approval.

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.

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.

PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF OUR NEW ADDRESS -The West Virginia State Bar relocated its offices to  2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, WV 25311, effective December 8, 2011.   Please make a note of our new address.