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WV Supreme Court establishes task force for lawyer well-being

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has established the West Virginia Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being to make recommendations on how to address mental health and substance abuse Continue Reading →

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Dana Tippen Cutler from “Couples Court with The Cutlers” Speaking at 2018 Annual Gathering

Dana Tippen Cutler is one of our speakers at the The 2018 Annual Gathering of the West Virginia State Bar. She is also co-host of “Couples Court With The Cutlers“. Check Continue Reading →

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ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOUNDATION AWARDED GRANT FROM WEST VIRGINIA STATE BAR

Press Release Contact: Anita R. Casey Executive Director 304-553-7228 caseya@wvbar.org   ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOUNDATION AWARDED GRANT FROM WEST VIRGINIA STATE BAR Click Here for pdf version Charleston, wv, FEBRUARY Continue Reading →

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Citizen Soldier, Young Lawyer and Mentor of the Year Nominations

Nominations for Citizen Soldier, Young Lawyer and Mentor of the Year must be received no later than 11:29 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018. Citizen Soldier Nominations: The 2018 Citizen Soldier Award Continue Reading →

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LCLD Networking Reception and Panel Discussion

Join the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, the WVU College of Law, and the West Virginia State Bar at the WVU College of Law on January 22, 2018-5:30-7:00PM- as we Continue Reading →

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Phishing Email – December 7, 2017

On December 7, 2017 a few members of the State Bar received phishing emails with the subject “FYI” If you received this email please delete it and do not open Continue Reading →

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Election of Member to fill vacancy on the Board of Governors

A vacancy on the Board of Governors for District 3 has occurred. It is the decision of the State Bar Board of Governors that the vacancy should be filled by Continue Reading →

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FYI – Amazon Gift Cards

The following message was reported as fraudulent. Steptoe & Johnson PLLC reported the activity. Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 1:17 PM Subject: FYI – Amazon Gift Cards (Do Not Click!) Continue Reading →

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Art Exhibition

The State Bar Center will be sponsoring an opening reception to showcase the work of Charleston Catholic High School seniors at the State Bar Center on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Continue Reading →

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Succession Plan

The West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Board, End of Practice Committee, announces the completion and approval of Establishing a Succession Plan:  A Guide to Protecting your Clients’ Interests in the Event Continue Reading →

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Landlord Tenant FREE CLE Recording

Sponsor: WV State Bar Presenters: Susana Duarte, Bruce Perrone and Sam Hanna The West Virginia State Bar had a FREE CLE Seminar on September 27, 2017 at the State Bar Center in Continue Reading →

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Opportunities/Information to assist in Relief Efforts

October 17th, 2017 Flood Relief Seminar Presenters & Topics: Ann Haight – Warnings about contractors, price gouging, and charities Tammy Bowles Raines – Flood Insurance Thomas Hancock – Dealing with Continue Reading →

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Joint Press Release: Free Legal Assistance Available for West Virginia Flood Victims

August 22, 2017 – A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available for victims of the recent storms and flooding in West Virginia. The service, which allows callers to request Continue Reading →

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ABA Retirement Funds Program Free Informational Webinar

The ABA Retirement Funds Program is hosting free  informational webinar titled: The Role of Self-Directed Brokerage Accounts within Employer-sponsored Retirement Plans.  Click Here to register. http://www.cdstudiohost.com/ABA/Webinars/2017_0822/

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West Virginia Free Legal Answers (formerly WV Online Legal Help)

The upgraded WV Online Legal Help is here!  The website’s new name is West Virginia Free Legal Answers.  It is the state of West Virginia’s site as part of the Continue Reading →

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Membership ID Online Application

CHARLESTON, WV—May 22, 2017 – Members of the West Virginia State Bar who have a valid WV driver’s license are now able to complete the application for their Bar Membership Continue Reading →

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Google E-Sign & Google Drive

Suspicious emails have been going out to the general public saying you need to click on a link to “e-sign” a document through google or access a shared document. These Continue Reading →

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The Importance of Law Day and the 14th Amendment

The Importance of Law Day and the 14th Amendment Lawyers, let’s share our passion for constitutional democracy By Linda A. Klein President, American Bar Association Here are four legal puzzlers: Continue Reading →

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2017 State Bar Regional Meetings

2017 State Bar Regional Meetings: October 3-26, 2017 Dates & Locations: October 3 – University of Charleston – Charleston – Click to Register October 4 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington Continue Reading →

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NEW STATE BAR OFFICERS AND MEMBERS

CHARLESTON, WV, APRIL 3, 2017: The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce new officers and members of The West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors for 2017-2018. New Continue Reading →

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Email Spoofing

On Tuesday March 21st, State Bar President McGhee reported that fraudulent emails are being sent out to bar members using his email address. The individual that is sending these emails is Continue Reading →

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WVSAO Phishing Email

The West Virginia State Auditors Office requested the State Bar send the following notification regarding fraudulent emails: On March 12, 2017 fraudulent emails were sent to a large number of Continue Reading →

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WV Judicial & Lawyer Assistance Program Website

The West Virginia Judicial and Lawyer Assistance Program (WVJLAP) is pleased to announce that on September 20, 2017, the WV Supreme Court amended the rules, to incorporate confidential assistance to Continue Reading →

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Citizen Soldier, Young Lawyer of the Year, and Mentor of the Year Nominations

Nominations for Citizen Soldier, Young Lawyer of the Year, and Mentor of the Year are due no later than March 6, 2017. Citizen Soldier Nominations: The 2017 Citizen Soldier Award will Continue Reading →

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1L Mentoring Program on January 19, 2017, at the WVU College of Law

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, West Virginia State Bar, and West Virginia University College of Law hosted the kick-off reception for the 1L Mentoring Program on January 19, 2017, Continue Reading →

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Election of Members to the YLS Executive Committee – Districts 6-10

Click here for the Nominating Petition The West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors provides for the selection of a Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee to be elected by the Continue Reading →

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Election of Members to the Board of Governors – Districts 6-10

Click here for the Nominating Petition The By‑Laws of The West Virginia State Bar provide for the election of a member to the Board of Governors for a three‑year term Continue Reading →

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2017 State Bar Annual Gathering – Registration Now Open!

The West Virginia State Bar’s Annual Gathering is the ideal venue to reconnect with lawyers and friends – and to build new relationships – all while enjoying Charleston, West Virginia. Continue Reading →

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Notice of Proposed Amendments to the Local Rules for Civil Procedure Opportunity for Public Comment

The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia has completed a draft of proposed amendments to the Local Rules of Civil Procedure. A redline version and Continue Reading →

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Notice of Potential Scam Involving Correspondence from Office of Disciplinary Council

The WV Office of Disciplinary Council has advised that bar members in Pennsylvania, Texas and Maryland have reported receiving an email claiming a grievance has been filed against them and giving Continue Reading →

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New Member Benefit – LawPay

The West Virginia State Bar is excited to present a new member benefit. Endorsed by 45 states, and more than 50 local bar associations, LawPay is proud to be the preferred payment Continue Reading →

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FOIA Requests

Freedom of Information Act Requests should be directed to Anita Casey Executive Director of the West Virginia State Bar and send via USPS or to caseya@wvbar.org.

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Posting of Potential Scams and Cyber Threats

The West Virginia State Bar is establishing a section of our website where members can post information or concerns they have regarding fraudulent emails, phishing scams or cyber threats.  The Continue Reading →

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Wire Fraud Issues

Charleston, WV – A WV State Bar member recently reported being hit with a wire fraud issue twice in the last year, and another law firm recently wired fund to the Continue Reading →

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Good Day Attorney

The following email has been reported by multiple attorneys as being a fraudulent email.    

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ATTORNEYS BEWARE OF CLIENT TRUST ACCOUNT SCAMS

The State Bar has become aware of fraudulent schemes that have targeted lawyers’ client trust accounts throughout the country. From email that the ADO has received from its counterparts in other Continue Reading →

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Judge of the Court of Claims

The West Virginia State Bar is seeking candidates for the position of Judge of the Court of Claims. The State Bar Board of Governors will nominate three (3) lawyers and will Continue Reading →

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Mandatory E-Filing Counties

The following counties require E-Filing: Marion, Jefferson. Monroe and Hampshire are voluntary. The E-Filing system can be accessed at https://efile.courtswva.com/Default.aspx Any questions contact the local circuit clerk’s office of the Continue Reading →

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FREE Veterans CLE

The Veterans and Military affairs committee will be presenting a free seminar on November 10, 2016 from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Two hours of general CLE credit will be available. The seminars will Continue Reading →

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State Bar Regional Meetings – Registration Now Open

 Ten 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. Continue Reading →

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Applicants for Position of Chief Administrative Law Judge of The Office of Tax Appeals Sought

Pursuant to WVC §11-10A-6, the Governor shall appoint the Chief Administrative Law Judge from a list of three qualified nominees submitted to the Governor by the Board of Governors of Continue Reading →

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Reprint of State Court Rules

In August a reprint of the 2016 Michie’s West Virginia State Court Rulesvolume was issued.  Due to errors and omissions in the previously issued 2016 volume, as well as the supplement thereto, Continue Reading →

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Email Scam Targets Lawyers With Fake Announcements & Warnings

According to a recent article from the ABA Journal, new email scams with fake disciplinary warnings & bar announcements are targeting lawyers throughout the country. Click here to view the ABA article.  

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Pro Bono Assistance Needed

The West Virginia State Bar needs more volunteers to sign up to provide pro bono basic legal advice on West Virginia Online Legal Help (WVOLH).  WVOLH is a website where Continue Reading →

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Disaster Legal Assistance: Attorney Training

On Thursday, July 7, 2016, Legal Aid of West Virginia held a webinar to provide attorneys with background information about FEMA benefits, disaster unemployment compensation, replacement of important documents, replacement of Continue Reading →

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Free Legal Assistance Available for West Virginia Flood Victims

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Disaster Legal Assistance

As a result of the recent severe storms and flooding in West Virginia, the WV State Bar is working diligently to provide disaster legal assistance to individuals who have been Continue Reading →

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CLE Inquires June 29 – July 4

Hope Gresham, our CLE Coordinator, will  be out of the office from June 29 – July 4.  If you have inquiries, please contact her before or after these dates.  No Continue Reading →

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Reporting and Fees Now Available Online

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Inactive Members Who Have Not Paid Membership Fees for Three Years

Pursuant to an Administrative Order entered May 19, 2016, the State Bar is no longer required to mail annual membership fee notices to inactive members who have failed to pay Continue Reading →

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Annual Professional Limited Liability (PLLC) Organization Renewals

In order to insure that your PLLC is in compliance with the laws of The State of West Virginia, you need to file an annual renewal application with The State Continue Reading →

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Legal Education Reporting Period

The current reporting period began July 1, 2014, and will end June 30, 2016. There is a 30-day grace period so credits completed in the month of July may be carried back Continue Reading →

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2016 Annual Conference and Meeting

The West Virginia State Bar would like to thank all sponsors of this year’s Annual Conference and Meeting. Over 260 individuals attended this year’s meeting, making it one of our Continue Reading →

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2016 Video Competition

The WV State Bar and the WV Department of Education are proud to announce the results of their collaborative 2016 Video Competition. This year, there were 23 entries (12 middle Continue Reading →

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Young Lawyer of the Year Nominations Open

The 2016 Young Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of The West Virginia State Bar in Charleston.  To obtain information regarding the awards Continue Reading →

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Citizen Soldier Nominations Open

The 2016 Citizen Soldier Award will be presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of The West Virginia State Bar in Charleston. To obtain information regarding the awards process click here. Continue Reading →

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Video Conferencing Now Available Free to All State Bar Members

The West Virginia State Bar now has video conferencing capability.  The conferences can be initiated statewide and require only an electronic device (PC, Mac, Android or IOS) with a camera.  Continue Reading →

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Friday January 22, 2016 Court Closures

By Order entered January 21, 2016, the Supreme Court Administrative Offices in Charleston, including the clerk’s office, will be closed on Friday, January 22, 2016. Click here for a copy Continue Reading →

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Settlement Funds to Help West Virginia State Bar Provide Legal Assistance

CHARLESTON, W.Va., January 5, 2015 – The West Virginia State Bar received $329,000 from a U.S. Department of Justice settlement with Bank of America that will help legal services organizations Continue Reading →

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Special Holiday Performance by George & Tom Daugherty

On December 18, 2015, George Daugherty – Executive Director of the Lawyer Assistance Program – and his son (Tom Daugherty) treated the State Bar staff to a special holiday performance. Continue Reading →

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Legal Outreach Committee

The Committee formerly known by the names Lawyer Information and Referral Service and Tuesday Legal Connect has changed its name to The Legal Outreach Committee. The change of name reflects Continue Reading →

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Government Lawyers Reception

On November 3, 2015 the Government Lawyers Committee held a reception at the Charleston offices of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe. Below are photos from the event.

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Federal Public Defender Podcast: In Plain Cite

In Plain Cite is a podcast about developments in constitutional and federal criminal law produced by the Federal Public Defender office in the Southern District of West Virginia. Since its Continue Reading →

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Election Committee Update

Pursuant to an Administrative Order entered by the Supreme Court on May 21, 2013, (click here for a copy of the Order) the West Virginia State Bar developed an electronic Continue Reading →

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Braxton & Cabell County Bar Meetings

President Michael W. Frazier recently attended meetings of the Braxton and Cabell County Bars.  To request that President Frazier, or another officer or executive director of the State Bar, attend Continue Reading →

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State Bar Sponsored Video Competition: subject, The Significance of the Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary.

WV State Bar Sponsored Video Competition: subject, The Significance of the Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary. CLICK HERE FOR OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE CHARLESTON, WV, October 22, 2015: The West Continue Reading →

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New Member Service – Best Buy for Business

  Introducing Best Buy for Business Substantial savings from one of the nation’s top consumer electronics companies.  Members can get great pricing on over 150,000 brand-name products from Best Buy Continue Reading →

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Veterans Day of Service FREE CLE

The West Virginia State Bar’s Veterans and Military Affairs Committee will be hosting a webinar on Friday, October 30, 2015.  The webinar will be live in Beckley and will be Continue Reading →

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Unlawful Practice of Law (UPL) Public Hearing LOCATION CHANGE Advocacy by Non-Lawyers before WV Administrative Proceedings

The open hearing scheduled by the West Virginia State Bar’s Unlawful Practice of Law Committee on the issue of whether the appearance by non-lawyers in an advocacy role in state Continue Reading →

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Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend

Charity Roast of WVU President E. Gordon Gee The WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors invites members of the judiciary, the legal profession and the general public to attend the Continue Reading →

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66th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE WEST VIRGINIA TAX INSTITUTE

The West Virginia Tax Institute, sponsored by The West Virginia Bar Association, The West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accounts, The College of Law, the College of Business and Economics Continue Reading →

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Public Comment of proposed Legislative Rule, 77CSR10 Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act (PWFA)

The West Virginia Human Rights Commission is providing notice of public comment on the Proposed Legislative Rule, 77CSR10 Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act (PWFA). Click Here to view the proposed rule. Please Continue Reading →

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Public Notice for Appointment of a New Magistrate Judge

Southern District of West Virginia Public Notice for Appointment of a New Magistrate Judge The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States Continue Reading →

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College Summit Seeking Volunteer Writing Coaches

College Summit West Virginia is a nonprofit that operates in low-income areas to raise the college-going rate among high school students. College Summit works to empower students, supporting them in Continue Reading →

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Annual Professional Limited Liability (PLLC) Organization Renewals

In order to insure that your PLLC is in compliance with the laws of The State of West Virginia, you need to file an annual renewal application with The State Continue Reading →

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Advanced Mediation Training

“Making Money Talk – Effective Negotiations in Mediation” – Advanced Mediation Training The ADR Committee will be sponsoring a negotiations trainingwith  Andy Little, a nationally recognized mediator and negotiations trainer, and Continue Reading →

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State Bar Center Art Exhibition

The University of Charleston’s Art program is proud to announce its first student exhibition in the West Virginia State Bar Center. This year’s Senior Art Exhibition is the latest project Continue Reading →

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New Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Committee Members

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 Continue Reading →

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WV State Bar Regional Meetings

October 13-29, 2015: The West Virginia State Bar will hold nine Regional Meetings  this fall. These meetings will provide 3.0 Continuing Legal Education credits including 2 credits in the areas Continue Reading →

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Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner

BAR FOUNDATION FELLOWS DINNER APRIL 23, 2015-CHARLESTON MARRIOTT HOTEL The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the outstanding members of the 17th class of Bar Foundation Continue Reading →

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2015 Membership Directory

The 2015 edition of the membership directory is now available. Log into the Membership Portal at www.mywvbar.org, click on the Members drop down menu and then click Membership Directory to download the .pdf Continue Reading →

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Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Elections

On January 13, 2015 nominating petitions were mailed via USPS to members in Districts 11-16 and the African American Representative. When signed by the requisite number of members, the petition must Continue Reading →

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Moot Court Judges Needed

The National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, March 12-14 at WVU Law, is looking for volunteer judges. For the early rounds, a judge must be an attorney of good Continue Reading →

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Applicants for Position of Chief Administrative Law Judge of The Office of Tax Appeals Sought

Pursuant to WVC §11-10A-6, the Governor shall appoint the Chief Administrative Law Judge from a list of three qualified nominees submitted to the Governor by the Board of Governors of Continue Reading →

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Tuesday Legal Connect Volunteer Attorneys Needed in January

The State Bar is in need of volunteer attorneys on Tuesday evenings in January 2015 to field legal questions from the public as part of the “Tuesday Legal Connect” program. Continue Reading →

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Young Lawyer Section Executive Committee Vacancy

The YLS Executive Committee has a vacancy for a District Representative in Districts 4, 6 & 15. If you are interested in serving on the YLS Executive Committee as a Continue Reading →

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Pro Hac Vice Changes

Important changes to the West Virginia pro hac vice admission procedures become effective January 1, 2015. Due to the New Year Holiday these changes will be available online starting January Continue Reading →

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2013-14 Financial Audit

The West Virginia State Bar’s independent audit for 2013-14 is now available.  A copy of the audit will be made available to any member who requests same.  The request should Continue Reading →

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Government Lawyers Committee Reception

The WV State Bar Government Lawyers Committee is sponsoring a reception at the offices of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe at  901 Quarrier Street, Charleston, from 5 to 8:00 Continue Reading →

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Frequently Asked Questions About Implementing the New IOLTA Rule

The West Virginia Bankers Association, the Community Bankers of West Virginia and the West Virginia State Bar have been working collaboratively to address questions created by the implementation of new Continue Reading →

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Defense Trial Counsel – Trial Academy

The Defense Trial Counsel of WV will hold its Trial Academy on November 14 & 15 at the Robert C Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston.  CLE is pending but registration Continue Reading →

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Court of Claims

A position will be open for Judge of the West Virginia Court of Claims.  The State Bar Board of Governors will nominate three (3) lawyers (the applicant may not be Continue Reading →

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Public Comment for Rule 15A.04

The Court is Requesting Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Rule 15A.04 of the West Virginia Trial Court Rules. Comments must be filed in writing on or before the deadline Continue Reading →

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Director of the Academic Excellence Center – WVU College of Law

West Virginia University College of law invites applications for the position of Director of the Academic Excellence Center. Applicants must be an active member of The West Virginia State Bar. Continue Reading →

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Help Our Veterans and Military Members AND Get TWO FREE HOURS of CLE Credit

The State Bar’s Veterans and Military Affairs Committee is offering two hours of CLE credit on Monday, November 10, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  The two hour seminar, addressing Continue Reading →

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Jack Bowman – Lunch and Laughs

JACK BOWMAN-LUNCH AND LAUGHS-OCTOBER 17-MORGANTOWN The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors is very pleased that Forest “Jack” Bowman, Professor Emeritus of the WVU College of Law, will be the honored guest Continue Reading →

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Supreme Court GAL Training

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is sponsoring training this November for guardians ad litem in family court and child abuse/neglect cases.  Completing this training will satisfy new Continue Reading →

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13th Judicial Circuit Vacancy

The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 13th Judicial Circuit serving Kanawha County. Candidates must submit their completed applications by no Continue Reading →

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Notifications

The West Virginia State Bar, in conjunction with the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, is pleased to offer a new service to our members.  In addition to receiving Continue Reading →

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West Virginia Online Legal Help-New Pro Bono Opportunity

The West Virginia State Bar is excited to announce a new opportunity for attorneys to provide pro bono assistance to the public anytime, from anywhere.  West Virginia Online Legal Help(www.wvonlinelegalhelp.org)is Continue Reading →

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Reporting & Fees 2014-15

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8th Family Court Judicial Circuit Vacancy

The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 8th Family Court Judicial Circuit serving Mingo County.  Candidates must submit their completed applications Continue Reading →

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MCLE REMINDER

THE 2012-2014 REPORTING PERIOD ENDED ON JUNE 30, 2014. The filing deadline was July 31, 2014. Active members of the Bar are required to complete and file 24 approved credits, Continue Reading →

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Increase in Civil Filing Fees

Filing fees will increase for all Civil Cases July 1, 2014 to $200. This fee change adds a new fee of $200 for defendants filing counterclaims, cross claims, third party Continue Reading →

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WV Ethics Commission to Conduct Training on Governmental Ethics Act

WEST VIRGINIA ETHICS COMMISSION TO CONDUCT TRAINING ON GOVERNMENTAL ETHICS ACT ON MAY 29 IN HUNTINGTON   CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Ethics Commission announced today that it will Continue Reading →

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Annual Professional Limited Liability Organization Renewals

In order to insure that your PLLC is in compliance with the laws of The State of West Virginia, you need to file an annual renewal application with The State Continue Reading →

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Online Lawyer Referral Service

The West Virginia State Bar is excited to announce that its Lawyer Referral Service website is up and running.  The website contains both general information and definitions on specific areas Continue Reading →

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WV Public Defender Services 2014 Annual Conference

2014 Annual Conference: “We are in this together”                 This year’s Annual Conference will be held June 12-13 at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center.  The event is for public defender Continue Reading →

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WVU Immigration Law Clinic

The USCIS Charleston Field Office, the only immigration service provider of its kind in West Virginia, will soon be relocating. Questions about this important move may be addressed to the Continue Reading →

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John Fisher Retirement Celebration

Members of the Bar are invited to the retirement celebration for WVU Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus John Fisher on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 Continue Reading →

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Request for Comment on Proposed Revisions to the Rules of Profession Conduct and Ancillary Matters

By order entered April 14, 2014, the Court approved a 60-day period of public comment on major revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct that are intended to update the Continue Reading →

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Request for Comment on Proposed Revisions to Trial Court Rule 29, Relating to the Business Court Division

By order entered April 11, 2014, the Court approved a 30-day period of public comment on proposed revisions to Trial Court Rule 29, governing the Business Court Division. The public Continue Reading →

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Board of Governors & Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee

The West Virginia State Bar would like to congratulate its newest members of the Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee. PRESS RELEASE District Board of Governors Young Continue Reading →

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Young Lawyer Mentor of the Year Nominations Open

The 2014 Young Lawyer Mentor of the Year Award will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of The West Virginia State Bar in Charleston, W.Va., on May 10, 2014.  Continue Reading →

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Young Lawyer of the Year Nominations Open

The 2014 Young Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of The West Virginia State Bar in Charleston, W.Va., on May 10, 2014.  To Continue Reading →

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Citizen Soldier Nominations Open

The 2014 Citizen Soldier Award will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of The West Virginia State Bar in Charleston, W.Va., on May 10, 2014.  To obtain information regarding Continue Reading →

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Tuesday Legal Connect

The State Bar’s Tuesday evening, 6-8:00 P.M. call in service, formerly known as the Lawyer Information Service, has a new name.  The service, intended to provide quick information to members Continue Reading →

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Criminal Justice Act Panel Applications

The United States District Court for Southern District of West Virginia is currently accepting applications for appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Panel.  Members in good standing of the federal Continue Reading →

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Use of Life Insurance in Estate Planning / Business Transition Planning

Renowned estate planning speakers Charles Ratner and Laura Malone will present a four-hour continuing education seminar on the topics of “Use of Life Insurance in Estate Planning” and “Business Transition Continue Reading →

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Mountain State Bar Association Annual Seminar

The Mountain State Bar Association will hold its annual MCLE on Friday, May 16, 2014.  The Mountain State Bar Association has a great line up of speakers offering a total Continue Reading →

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Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Elections

On January 13, 2014 nominating petitions were mailed via USPS to members in Districts 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10. When signed by the requisite number of members, the petition must Continue Reading →

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Moot Court Judges Needed

The National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition at WVU Law is looking for volunteer judges. Judges are needed on March 27 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m.; Continue Reading →

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Supreme Court Order

The Administrative Office of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has set the interest rate at 7.00% percent for judgments and decrees entered during the 2014 calendar year.  Click Continue Reading →

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Intellectual Property Law Committee

The State Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Committee is seeking a chairperson.  If you are interested in serving as chairperson, and revitalizing the Committee’s activities, please contact Anita Casey at caseya@wvbar.org Continue Reading →

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Office of Disciplinary Counsel – PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Office of Disciplinary Counsel City Center East, Suite 1200C • 4700 MacCorkle Avene SE Charleston, West Virginia  25304 Telephone (304) 558-7999 • Fax: (304) 558-4015 For Immediate Continue Reading →

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2014 Membership Directory

The 2014 edition of the membership directory is now available. Log into the Membership Portal at www.mywvbar.org/directory and download the .pdf file. Click here for instructions and tips on how to Continue Reading →

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State Bar Center Closed Jan.10th

The West Virginia State Bar administrative office will be closed on Friday, January 10th due to a water emergency.

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CLE Online Submissions

  The State Bar’s database for submission of Continuing Legal Education credits is up and running. Members may enter their own CLE credits and obtain an immediate confirmation that the Continue Reading →

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West Virginia Ethics Commission to Conduct Training on Governmental Ethics Act

WEST VIRGINIA ETHICS COMMISSION TO CONDUCT TRAINING ON GOVERNMENTAL ETHICS ACT ON JANUARY 7 IN BECKLEY CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Ethics Commission announced today that it will offer a Continue Reading →

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Tax Credits Available!

The West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest seeks donations to help us fund WVU law students who want to work in summer and full-time jobs with legal Continue Reading →

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WVU LAW Class of 2013 Employment Status Needed

Are you a 2013 graduate of the WVU College of Law, or do you have a 2013 grad working for you?  If so, the WVU LAW Career Services Center needs Continue Reading →

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L.E.O. Approved by the Lawyer Disciplinary Board

The Lawyer Disciplinary Board approved the following L.E.O. at its October 25, 2013 meeting: L.E.O. 2013-02 Potential Conflicts of Interest for Federal Government or Military Attorneys Defending Agencies Against Furlough-related Continue Reading →

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Request for Public Comment

Request for public comment on the Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, the Guidelines for Children’s Guardians Ad Litem in Child Abuse and Continue Reading →

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Establishment of Unified Electronic Filing System

Request for Comments on Proposed Amendments to the West Virginia Trial Court Rules, Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Criminal Procedure – On October 29, 2013, Matt Arrowood, Director of Continue Reading →

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Lawyer Referral Service Updates

Recently the State Bar Lawyer Referral Service Committee passed a motion to change and add additional practice areas to the referral service. Click here to update your practice areas and Continue Reading →

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Professional Associations’ Agency, Inc. 2016 1/2 Kanawha Blvd., East, Charleston, WV 25311 Tel: 304-344-5320 FAX: 304-344-5316 Date: November 7, 2013 To: West Virginia State Bar Active Members Re: OPEN ENROLLMENT Continue Reading →

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Scheduled Maintenance for Membership Portal

The State Bar Membership Portal (www.mywvbar.org) be closed for scheduled maintenance on the evening of Friday October 11th starting at 6pm until 9pm Sunday October 13th.

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State Bar ID Cards Available

    The State Bar encourages all members to apply for a member ID card. These cards can be used at state jail facilities and can be used for identification Continue Reading →

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Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure

The Court has proposed amendments to the Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure to increase membership of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board. The comment period will end on October 7, 2013, please Continue Reading →

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Proposed Amendments for Public Comment

The Court has published Proposed amendments to the Rules for Admission to Practice Law to Require Board Member Residency. The comment period will end on October 7, 2013, please send Continue Reading →

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West Virginia Public Defender Guidelines

The West Virginia Public Defender services has published new guidelines for determining the eligibility of individuals for the representation that is made available under the provisions of Article 21 of Continue Reading →

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Attorney General Outside Counsel Requests

The Office of the West Virginia Attorney General is encouraging qualified law firms and attorneys to submit proposals for several Requests for Proposal that are currently pending on the Attorney Continue Reading →

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64th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Tax Institute

The West Virginia Tax Institute, sponsored by The West Virginia Bar Association, The West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accounts, The College of Law, the College of Business and Economics Continue Reading →

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West Virginia DRE Course

Drugged driving enforcement got heavy attention in the 2013 legislative session.  Learn the details and defenses to the Drug Recognition Expert Protocol in Morgantown on September 24-25, 2013, at the Waterfront Place Hotel.  19.2 Continue Reading →

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Hearing or Visually Impaired Attorneys

The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind are attempting to determine if there are lawyers in West Virginia who are themselves deaf or have a particular interest Continue Reading →

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Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend

A big crowd of more than 170 people are registered to attend the third Lunch and Laughs with a Legal Legend event, which will be held on Friday, September 13, Continue Reading →

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Donations to Afghanistan Women and Children – Thank you!

Commander William R. Hinerman of the US Navy would like to thank everyone who contributed to the donations sent to the children’s home in Kabul, Afghanistan!  The teachers, administrators, and Continue Reading →

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WVU College of Law Campus Interviews

It is time to register for Fall 2013 on campus interviews (OCI)at the West Virginia University College of Law. There are two on campus interview sessions for law firms, courts, Continue Reading →

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Notice and Invitation – New Bar Committee – Professional Discipline and Ethics

Due to the recognized increase in professional disciplinary cases and ethics investigations across all professions and in all segments of public service, a new State Bar Committee is being created Continue Reading →

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MCLE Updates – July 2013

The current 2012-2014 MCLE reporting period does not end until June 30, 2014. We are working diligently to get MCLE submissions online again very  shortly. You can submit a paper Continue Reading →

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Legal Services Day For Sexual Assault and Stalking Victims

Legal Aid of West Virginia and CONTACT Rape Crisis Center are hosting a free legal services day for sexual assault and stalking victims. The event is scheduled for Friday, August Continue Reading →

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Lawyer Disciplinary Board Request for Comments – July 2013

The Lawyer Disciplinary Board is soliciting public comments on the following Legal Ethics Opinions:      –   L.E.O. 2013-02    The Duty of Counsel to Treat a Child Represented by Counsel (A Continue Reading →

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Attention All Government Lawyers or Lawyers who Practice in Areas Involving Governmental Entities

Government Law is one of the largest legal practices in West Virginia.   The State Bar Government Lawyers Committee membership includes lawyers who serve or practice at all governmental levels. The Continue Reading →

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West Virginia Department of Transportation Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) Notice

The West Virginia Department of Transportation Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) Notice   Effective July 1, 2013 the rules set forth in 105CSR1 will apply to all matters pending before Continue Reading →

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YLS Practice Handbook – Request for Volunteers

The State Bar is updating the Practice Handbook Chapters, which are located on the YLS website (http://www.wvyounglawyers.com/handbook.html) and is requesting volunteers to either update existing handbook chapters or author needed Continue Reading →

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New Membership Login

As of June 1, 2013 the West Virginia State Bar has transitioned its membership login website to www.mywvbar.org. All members must create a new password so they can obtain access Continue Reading →

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Legal Aid Board of Directors

Members of the West Virginia Bar recently elected four attorneys to serve on Legal Aid of West Virginia’s Board of Directors: Bader C. Giggenbach, Esq., of Monongalia County Robert J. Continue Reading →

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Legal Food Frenzy

Legal Food Frenzy was started in a Martinsburg Law Office in 2011 to generate friendly competition with other firms in Berkeley County to see which firm could raise the most Continue Reading →

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Young Lawyers Section Vacancy

The Young Lawyer’s Executive Committee currently has a vacancy in District 12 (Braxton, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster Counties).  If you are a young lawyer who is interested in serving Continue Reading →

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Annual Professional Limited Liability Organization Renewals

In order to insure that your PLLC is in compliance with the laws of The State of West Virginia, you need to file an annual renewal application with The State Continue Reading →

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2013 Membership Directory

The new 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, Continue Reading →

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Donations for Afghanistan Children’s Support Center

Commander William R. Hinerman and the West Virginia State Bar Veterans and Military Affairs Committee would like to offer the members of the WV State Bar the opportunity to send Continue Reading →

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State Bar Phone Number Changes

In order to better serve our members and the public, and to keep up with technology, the State Bar needs to replace its outdated phone system. The new technology and Continue Reading →

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Lawyers Without Borders Inc. Seeks Volunteer Lawyers

Lawyers Without Borders, Inc., (www.lwob.org) seeks volunteer lawyers to assist as neutral independent court trial observers for the defense portion of the Caprivi trial, on-site in Namibia, beginning in February 2013.  Lawyers Continue Reading →

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Membership Dues Payments, FRD & IOLTA compliance for FY July 2012 – June 2013

JULY 1, 2012 – JUNE 30, 2013 MEMBERSHIP DUES CHANGES By now you should have received information concerning your membership dues for fiscal year 2012-2013 and for completion of your Continue Reading →

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Annual Professional Limited Liability Organization Renewals

The West Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct allow attorneys who are licensed to practice law in the State to register as a Limited Liability Organization. In order to insure that Continue Reading →

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Students Use Creativity to Promote the U.S. Constitution

Students Use Creativity to Promote the U.S. Constitution CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia students have channeled our founding fathers as part of the “We the People – the Constitution in Continue Reading →

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Sign up now for the Lawyer Referral Service!

Sign up now to be part of the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS). LRS gives you access to potential clients and also assists with providing a service to our Continue Reading →

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New State Bar ID Cards

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has approved the State Bar’s use of photo ID cards, issued through the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, as the official Continue Reading →

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Directions to our new location

The West Virginia State Bar just moved a few miles away to a new location in Charleston, WV. Directions to the new WV State Bar Location: 1. Take Interstate 64 Continue Reading →

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