Bar Blast – November 28, 2017

November 28, 2017
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ABA Free Legal Answers
The website for the ABA Free Legal Answers program has been updated. There has been an increase in activity since the update with more questions submitted by users looking for legal help. For those attorneys who currently serve as volunteers, please be sure to check the site regularly as there are new questions being submitted daily. If you are not currently serving as a volunteer attorney for the program, but would like to do so, please visit the ABA’s Free Legal Answers website by clicking here.

Toys for Tots
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia and the West Virginia Association for Justice are teaming up to participate in the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.  The Marine Corps arranges with each participating law office location a drop off and pick up date for collection boxes through an online application.  Participation could not be easier.  All you have to do is sign up, receive the collection box, advertise the purpose of the box inside your organization, and allow the box to be picked up.
Sign up here. In the alternative, contact Erica Baumgras (Flaherty) at  ebaumgras@flahertylegal.com or Anita Casey at caseya@wvbar.org, and they will arrange to drop off a donation box and pick it up when filled, prior to the collection date.
Toys for Tots accepts only new, unwrapped toys.  The pick-up date is 12/8/17.  Lucky participants may catch a glimpse of elf Anita Casey helping with distribution and collection.

Updates to IOLTA Reporting
 The State Bar has completed development of a new and improved IOLTA reporting system. This new system allows banks and attorneys to easily report and track IOLTA information. *Note for attorneys: the system will be fully implemented with the next two week; please check your IOLTA information on the member portal at mywvbar.org to ensure that all IOLTA information is complete and accurate.

Supreme Court Closure Notifications
When the State Bar receives notice about a courthouse or the Supreme Court being closed, a notice will be sent to you by email or text message, based upon the request you have made.  We have added a feature which allows you to select the counties for which you want to receive notice. If you would like to sign up for specific county notifications, please go to https://www.mywvbar.org/members/profile to update your “Supreme Court Notifications”.

National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being 
The National Task Force Report and Recommendations are currently under review by The WV State Bar, The Court and WVJLAP to determine how best to proceed with the implementation of steps to facilitate a cultural shift within the legal profession (from law school to large firms and everything in between, including secured leave rules, CLE rules, lawyer discipline and other items).
To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer. The Report reveals that too many lawyers are experiencing chronic stress, high rates of depression and substance abuse.  These findings are incompatible with a sustainable legal practice, raising troubling implications for many members of the legal profession. For more information click here.
Upcoming Events

December 8, 2017
2:00 PM
Family Law Committee meeting
Location: Sate Bar Center
For questions contact Lyne Ranson at lyne@lyneranson.com

Save the Dates: June 13-14 and July 11, 2018
Basic and Advanced Mediation Training 
 
Host: State Bar ADR Committee
Location: Days Hotel, Flatwoods (Basic)
                  Bridgeport Conference Center (Advanced)

Save the Date: January 24, 2018
FREE CLE
3-Hours credit-Law office Management
Host: West Virginia State Bar
Location: Bowles, Rice office in Martinsburg and broadcast statewide via video conference.

Save the Date: April 8-9, 2018
West Virginia State Bar’s 2018 Annual Gathering at the Greenbrier
6-Hours CLE Credit

Bar Blast – November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017
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ABA Free Legal Answers
The website for the ABA Free Legal Answers program has been updated. There has been an increase in activity since the update with more questions submitted by users looking for legal help. For those attorneys who currently serve as volunteers, please be sure to check the site regularly as there are new questions being submitted daily. If you are not currently serving as a volunteer attorney for the program, but would like to do so, please visit the ABA’s Free Legal Answers website by clicking here.

Opening on Worker’s Compensation Board of Review
Members of the Workers Compensation Board of Review Nominating Committee are accepting applications for a Board of Review opening.  Applications should be sent to Anita R. Casey, Executive Director, West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, West Virginia 25311 or to caseya@wvbar.org.  Applications must be RECEIVED by NOON on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. To review the legal authority, purpose, seat restrictions,  compensation and other information on the Board of Review click here.

Toys for Tots
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia and the West Virginia Association for Justice are teaming up to participate in the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.  The Marine Corps arranges with each participating law office location a drop off and pick up date for collection boxes through an online application.  Participation could not be easier.  All you have to do is sign up, receive the collection box, advertise the purpose of the box inside your organization, and allow the box to be picked up.
Sign up here. In the alternative, contact Erica Baumgras at  ebaumgras@flahertylegal.com or Anita Casey at caseya@wvbar.org, and they will arrange to drop off a donation box and pick it up when filled, prior to the collection date.
Toys for Tots accepts only new, unwrapped toys.  The pick-up date is 12/8/17.  Lucky participants may catch a glimpse of elf Anita Casey helping with distribution and collection.

Updates to IOLTA Reporting
 The State Bar has completed development of a new and improved IOLTA reporting system. This new system allows banks and attorneys to easily report and track IOLTA information. *Note for attorneys: the system will be fully implemented with the next two week; please check your IOLTA information on the member portal at mywvbar.org to ensure that all IOLTA information is complete and accurate.

Supreme Court Closure Notifications
When the State Bar receives notice about a courthouse or the Supreme Court being closed, a notice will be sent to you by email or text message, based upon the request you have made.  We have added a feature which allows you to select the counties for which you want to receive notice. If you would like to sign up for specific county notifications, please go to https://www.mywvbar.org/members/profile to update your “Supreme Court Notifications”.

National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being 
The National Task Force Report and Recommendations are currently under review by The WV State Bar, The Court and WVJLAP to determine how best to proceed with the implementation of steps to facilitate a cultural shift within the legal profession (from law school to large firms and everything in between, including secured leave rules, CLE rules, lawyer discipline and other items).
To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer. The Report reveals that too many lawyers are experiencing chronic stress, high rates of depression and substance abuse.  These findings are incompatible with a sustainable legal practice, raising troubling implications for many members of the legal profession. For more information click here.
Upcoming Events

December 8, 2017
2:00 PM
Family Law Committee meeting
Location: Sate Bar Center
For questions contact Lyne Ranson at lyne@lyneranson.com

Save the Date: January 24, 2018
FREE CLE
3-Hours credit-Law office Management
Host: West Virginia State Bar
Location: Bowles, Rice office in Martinsburg and broadcast statewide via video conference.

Save the Date: April 8-9, 2018
West Virginia State Bar’s 2018 Annual Gathering at the Greenbrier
6-Hours CLE Credit

Save the Dates: June 13-14 and July 11, 2018
Basic and Advanced Mediation Training 
 
Host: State Bar ADR Committee
Location: Days Hotel, Flatwoods (Basic)
                  Bridgeport Conference Center (Advanced)

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 election of the members from that District. The member elected will serve until April of 2019.
Consistent with the bylaws for regular elections, nominations for the Board will be by written petition signed by not less than 10 members of District 3. Nominees must be active or active but not practicing members who have their principal office for the practice of law in District 3. The counties comprising District 3 are Calhoun, Gilmer, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood.

A nominating petition is included. A copy of the nominating petition can also be found on The State Bar website under the For Attorneys tab, under Forms. When signed by the requisite number of members, the petition must be received, by mail, email or fax no later than midnight December 7, 2017, by the Executive Director of The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, WV 25311-1231; caseya@wvbar.org; or fax 304.553.7228. If multiple copies of the petition are used, they must be sent together. At least one petition must bear the signature and acceptance of nomination by the member being nominated. Note that Article IV, Section 6, of the bylaws states, in pertinent part: No member shall sign more than one nominating petition in any year.
The new Board member will be required to attend all Board of Governor meetings through April of 2019, including the meeting of January 19, 2018.

If I may provide you with additional information about the Board of Governors and its activities, or about the election process,please do not hesitate to Anita Casey at 304.553.7228 or by email at caseya@wvbar.org.

CLICK HERE FOR THE NOMINATING PETITION 

Bar Blast – November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017
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ABA Free Legal Answers
The website for the ABA Free Legal Answers program has been updated. There has been an increase in activity since the update with more questions submitted by users looking for legal help. For those attorneys who currently serve as volunteers, please be sure to check the site regularly as there are new questions being submitted daily. If you are not currently serving as a volunteer attorney for the program, but would like to do so, please visit the ABA’s Free Legal Answers website by clicking here.

Opening on Worker’s Compensation Board of Review
Members of the Workers Compensation Board of Review Nominating Committee are accepting applications for a Board of Review opening.  Applications should be sent to Anita R. Casey, Executive Director, West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, West Virginia 25311 or to caseya@wvbar.org.  Applications must be RECEIVED by NOON on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. To review the legal authority, purpose, seat restrictions,  compensation and other information on the Board of Review click here.

SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNSEL POSITION
The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has a unique employment opportunity, available immediately – Associate Administrative Counsel.  The position reports directly to the Court’s Administrative Counsel and, under their direction, provides legal guidance to the Administrative Director of the Courts on all issues managed by the Administrative Office, including employment issues, contract issues, policy and procedural matters, management of outside counsel, and other legal tasks consistent with the management and administration of a 1400-employee entity. For more information click here and here.

1ST FAMILY COURT CIRCUIT VACANCY
 The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the First Family Court Circuit serving Ohio, Brooke, and Hancock Counties.    Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017.  The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is Tuesday, November 28, 2017.  Applications and instructions are available at www.governor.wv.gov.  For more information about the application process, please call Manda Bickoff at 304-558-2000.  Interviews will be held in Charleston on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Updates to IOLTA Reporting
 The State Bar has completed development of a new and improved IOLTA reporting system. This new system allows banks and attorneys to easily report and track IOLTA information. *Note for attorneys: the system will be fully implemented with the next two week; please check your IOLTA information on the member portal at mywvbar.org to ensure that all IOLTA information is complete and accurate.

Supreme Court Closure Notifications
When the State Bar receives notice about a courthouse or the Supreme Court being closed, a notice will be sent to you by email or text message, based upon the request you have made.  We have added a feature which allows you to select the counties for which you want to receive notice. If you would like to sign up for specific county notifications, please go to https://www.mywvbar.org/members/profile to update your “Supreme Court Notifications”.

National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being 
The National Task Force Report and Recommendations are currently under review by The WV State Bar, The Court and WVJLAP to determine how best to proceed with the implementation of steps to facilitate a cultural shift within the legal profession (from law school to large firms and everything in between, including secured leave rules, CLE rules, lawyer discipline and other items).
To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer. The Report reveals that too many lawyers are experiencing chronic stress, high rates of depression and substance abuse.  These findings are incompatible with a sustainable legal practice, raising troubling implications for many members of the legal profession. For more information click here.
Upcoming Events

November 14, 2017
12:00-1:00 PM
Military Matters in Family Law
 
Host: Kanawha County Bench Bar Family Law
Location: Kanawha County Judicial Annex–Voters Regestration Room (Enter from Court Street)
Speaker: LTC Kelly Ambrose

Save the Dates: June 13-14 and July 11, 2018
Basic and Advanced Mediation Training 
 
Host: State Bar ADR Committee
Location: Days Hotel, Flatwoods
                  Bridgeport Conference Center

Save the Date: January 24, 2018
FREE CLE
3-Hours credit-Law office Management
Host: West Virginia State Bar
Location: Bowles, Rice office in Martinsburg and broadcast statewide via video conference.

Save the Date: April 8-9, 2018
West Virginia State Bar’s 2018 Annual Gathering at the Greenbrier
6-Hours CLE Credit

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!)

The Following E-mail is making the rounds and, as much as I wish to say we are giving away Gift Cards, the sad fact is that we are not.  Please do NOT click on the link or fill out any information to claim your gift card – you will only receive heartache and not $20.

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From: Daved Gormon [mailto:Daved.Gormon@work-rewards.com] Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 12:28 PM
To: Angela Fazzini
Subject: Good job. Here is a token of our appreciation.

To redeem your Amazon Gift Card:

1. Click Redeem Now.
2. Then enter the Claim Code when prompted.
3. Gift card funds are applied automatically to eligible orders during checkout.
4. You must pay for any remaining balance on your order with another method.