West Virginia Ethics Commission to Conduct Training on Governmental Ethics Act


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Ethics Commission announced today that it will offer a one-hour ethics training session on the West Virginia Governmental Ethics Act on Tuesday, January 7, beginning at 11 a.m. in Munson Hall at the Raleigh County Schools Central Office, 105 Adair Street, Beckley.

The session is free and open to state and local public employees, government lawyers, media and the general public. The West Virginia State Bar has approved the course for 1.2 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit, which includes 1.2 hours of Ethics credit.

The topics covered from the Ethics Act will include the prohibition against use of public office for private gain (including nepotism); the prohibition against having a financial interest in a public contract; gift limitations for public servants; the prohibition against improperly using or divulging confidential information; employment limitations for public servants; prohibited representation; limitation on practice before board/agency/department; employment by regulated persons/vendor; voting rules for public servant; and limitations on compensation/expenses.

Registration is only required for attorneys who wish to receive CLE credits. The meeting room will open at 10 a.m.; the seating capacity for the meeting is 60.

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 aid, the public defender and other WV public interest organizations.

There is good news for our donors.  The Fund has been granted permission by the State’s Neighborhood Investment Program to give tax credits to its donors.

Donors who contribute $500 or more get half the donation back in the form of a WV tax credit.  This credit can be used by the donor against the donor’s WV personal income tax, corporate net profits tax or business franchise tax.

This is a credit, not a deduction.   To illustrate, a person who has a tax bill of $2000 and who makes a $1000 donation can use the resulting $500 tax credit to reduce the donor’s tax bill to $1500. Donations can also be deducted on your federal return as well.

Credits are limited, going fast and are given out on a first-come basis.  Call or write us today!

The West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest, Inc.
PO Box 6130
Morgantown, WV 26506

Questions?  Call Jennifer Powell at 304 293 8555 Or Renee Wolf at 304 293 7496