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. The Academic Excellence Center seeks to enhance the academic performance of law students and to help them thrive at every stage of their law school career and beyond. The Director of the Center works closely with students and faculty to achieve this goal, supporting its mission through a variety of activities, including the Fall & Spring Study Session Programs; one-on-one student counseling; Academic Excellence Fridays (open academic skills workshops); a for-credit bar preparation course for 3Ls; an immersive summer law institute for undergraduates thinking about law school; and a variety of other activities designed to strengthen analytical and test-taking skills. The position will begin in or around June of 2015.
Applications should be sent Robert Bastress, Co-Chair of Faculty Appointments, W.V.U.
College of Law, P.O. Box 6130, Morgantown, WV 26506.

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 veteran’s issues, will be held at Legal Aid of West Virginia’s Charleston office.  The interactive seminar will be broadcast to 11 other Legal Aid offices throughout the State.  Credit for a LIVE presentation will be given.  In exchange for the two hours of credit, all participating attorneys will be asked to spend one hour (from 3:00 to 4:00 on November 10) responding to phone calls from our veterans and military members.  The call in will be similar to the State Bar’s Tuesday Legal Connect.  Pre-registration for the seminar is essential to insure that the Legal Aid office where you plan to attend the seminar has sufficient seating space.

Click the location below for registration:


Jack Bowman – Lunch and Laughs

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 during the 4th Annual Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, beginning at 11:30 AM.

Professor Bowman’s legendary career as a lawyer includes positions in state government and additional public service as the first administrator of the WV Supreme Court of Appeals and several years as the WV State Bar Executive Director. Then, he taught thousands of law students at the College of Law on the topics of wills and trusts, professional responsibility, contracts and law practice management. He was selected as Professor of the Year on several occasions by the students and has made top rated legal and educational presentations to groups across the nation.

Previous legal legends, who have participated in these “friendly roasts”, have been former WVU President and current Professor of Law David Hardesty, WVU College of Law Dean Emeritus John Fisher and U.S. District Court Judge Irene Keeley. The honorees designate a worthwhile charity to receive net proceeds from the Lunch and Laughs event with more than $33,000 having been distributed in the first three years. Professor Bowman has selected student scholarships at the WVU College of Law to receive this year’s funds.

Sponsorships of $2,000 provide a reserved table with 10 seats. Individual tickets can be purchased for $60. A majority of the amount is tax deductible. Please contact the Bar Foundation to make reservations—

304-343-9823—P. O. 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.

A Good Time for a Good Cause!

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 requirements for both types of guardians ad litem.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is required for the training.  Once space is full, a waiting list will be implemented, so please register as early as possible.  PLEASE REGISTER NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014, TO ENSURE ENOUGH SEATING AND MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

To register for the November 10, 2014, Civic Center Charleston location, please go to the following site:

To register for the November 13, 2014, Waterfront Place Morgantown location, please go to the following site:

Changes to registration:If you need to make changes to your registration, you may log back into the registration site to make necessary changes.  If you change locations, you will need to delete one registration and use the other site to make the new registration.

Waiting List:  There is a limit of 500 registrants at the Charleston training and 300 registrants at the Morgantown training.  Anyone registering after the limit is reached will automatically be put on a waiting list.  If a space comes available, you will receive an email indicating the switch from waiting list to confirmed registrant.