WV 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 Thursday, May 29, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Cabell County Courthouse, located at 750 5th Avenue in Huntington.

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 9 a.m.; the meeting capacity for the meeting space is 100. Parking is available.

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 Bar. Any change in the corporate organization from the prior year must be reported and copies of current certificates of insurance are required. Every PLLC must also register an email address. Renewals are due by July 1, 2014.

To renew CLICK HERE to log in.

If you do not have a firm administrator log in account please call 304-553-7220 setup a firm administrator account.

If you have questions concerning PLLC reporting requirements contact Anita R. Casey at 304-553-7228 or caseya@wvbar.org.

If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 or mellacem@wvbar.org.

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 of the law.  The site also provides links to other related websites and service providers.  Members of the public are able to “surf” the site at any time.  Contact information for attorneys, who have indicated they may be willing to provide services in specific practice areas, is immediately available.

As a service to both the Bar staff and the public,PLEASE DO NOT SEND INDIVIDUALS TO THE STATE BAR for attorney referrals.  Our limited staff is unable to provide the quick and efficient services which can be obtained through the Lawyer Referral website, located at www.wvlawyerreferral.org.

Please click here to print a flyer which can be used as an information source for your staff when calls are received or walk-ins come to your office who you are unable to assist.  Similar postings have been provided to all 55 circuit and county clerks, as well as many public libraries.

Thank you for your assistance with providing this information.  Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mark Adkins, Chair of the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service Committee at madkins@bowlesrice.com or Anita Casey at caseya@wvbar.org or 304-553-7228.