Bar Blast – February 26, 2019

February 26, 2019
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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, February 27, 2019. To review the legal authority, purpose, seat restrictions,  compensation and other information on the Board of Review click here.
Questions can be directed to Brian Abraham at 304-558-2000.

BOG & YLS Voting for Districts 1-5 Open
On February 14, 2019 members in Districts 1-5 (see list below) were emailed information on how to submit votes for Board of Governor and Young Lawyer Section Executive Committee Nominees using the State Bar’s E-Voting system. Each member were provided a specific link to vote for the nominees in his or her district. If you did not receive this link go to www.mywvbar.org, login and click “Vote Now”.
Voting will close at 11:59PM, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. 

Questions on the operation of the voting system should be directed to Mike Mellace at mellacem@wvbar.org. Other questions should be directed to the Elections Committee via Anita R. Casey at caseya@wvbar.org.

District County List
District 1: Brooke, Hancock and Ohio
District 2: Marshall, Pleasants, Tyler and Wetzel
District 3: Calhoun, Gilmer, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood
District 4: Clay, Jackson, Mason, Putnam and Roane
District 5: Cabell and Wayne

CAE Certification
The West Virginia Association for Justice would like to congratulate its Executive Director, Beth White, for obtaining her Certified Association Executive credentials.  Beth is the first West Virginian to receive this nationally recognized certification in over 10 years. To Learn More Click Here

Call for Judges: 2019 National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court
The National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, hosted March 7-9 by WVU Law, is seeking volunteer judges. Early round judges must be attorneys of good standing licensed to practice law in any state. Final round (March 9, afternoon) judges must be a federal or state appellate judge. Now in its ninth year, the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition attracts exceptional law students from across the country. A record 29 teams are signed up to compete this year. To volunteer or for questions, please email wvumoot@mail.wvu.edu with “Judge 2019” in the subject line. For more information on the competition, click here.

2019 State Bar Membership Directory

The 2019 edition of the membership directory will be available soon. To advance purchase a paper version click here for the order form.

Upcoming Events

March 4, 2019: 12:00pm – 1pm
Interpreting K-1s,  W-2s and 1099s for Determining child support
Speakers: Mark Kelley, Esq. and David Epperly
Sponsor: Kanawha County Family Law Committee
Location: CPA at Voters Registration Room on Court Street
For more information contact Lyne Ranson at Lyne@lyneranson.com

March 26, 2019: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Bench & Bar – A New Era
Sponsor: The West Virginia Bar Association
Location: The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center, Clarksburg, WV
CLE: 1.0 credit, including 0.60 ethics
Speakers: Chief Justice Elizabeth D. Walker, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, and Honorable Thomas S. Kleeh, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia
Please join us at a networking reception with judges and lawyers from around the state and a program featuring newly-appointed and elected judges.  Additional confirmed guests include WV Supreme Court Justice John A. Hutchison, Judge Michael J. Olejasz, and Judge Steven L. Shaffer.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact Tessa White at director@wvbarassociation.org.

March 28, 2019
Family Law Issues – FREE & LIVE SEMINAR
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar
Location: The State Bar Center – Charleston, WV and via video conference.
CLE: 3 CLE general credits
Speakers: Lisa Tackett, Lori Paletta-Davis and Major C. Scott Applegate

April 7-8, 2019 – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
West Virginia State Bar’s 2019 Annual Meeting
Location: Embassy Suites  – Charleston, WV

April 8, 2019 – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
West Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Section Bridge the Gap Program
About: Each new lawyer admitted to practice after July 1, 2018 will have twenty-four months after their date of admission to complete the program. 
Location: Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center  – Charleston, WV
Only Members Admitted after July 1, 2018 May Attend

April 12-14, 2019 – Make your reservation before March 10, 2019 to get the all inclusive room rate, with all meals and registration included! 
1st Annual WVJLAP Conference and Retreat 
Location: Stonewall Resort – Roanoke, WV

To all WVJLAP Participants, Volunteers, Board Members, and Members of the bench and bar who support or are interested supporting the mission of JLAP: You are invited to join us at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia for a weekend CLE conference, volunteer training, open board meeting and networking opportunity. 

May 22, 2019: 8:30am-5:00 pm       
FAMILY LAW SPRING CLE 
Sponsor: The Kanawha County Family Law Committee
Location: The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
For more information contact Lyne@LyneRanson.com
Cost is $130 and includes lunch.
To Register: Send check to
Kanawha County Family Law Bench Bar Committee
c/o Susie Shepard
P.O. Box 418
St. Albans, WV  25177

*You are receiving this email because you have elected to receive the Bar-Blast from the WV State Bar. To change you email address or manage your email subscriptions, you must log into the Membership Portal at mywvbar.org. This mailing list is updated weekly.

Bar Blast – February 19, 2019

February 19, 2019
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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, February 27, 2019. To review the legal authority, purpose, seat restrictions,  compensation and other information on the Board of Review click here.
Questions can be directed to Brian Abraham at 304-558-2000.

Electronic Voting
On February 14, 2019 members in Districts 1-5 (see list below) were emailed information on how to submit votes for Board of Governor and Young Lawyer Section Executive Committee Nominees using the State Bar’s E-Voting system. Each member were provided a specific link to vote for the nominees in his or her district. If you did not receive this link go to www.mywvbar.org, login and click “Vote Now”.
Voting will close at 11:59PM, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. 

Questions on the operation of the voting system should be directed to Mike Mellace at mellacem@wvbar.org. Other questions should be directed to the Elections Committee via Anita R. Casey at caseya@wvbar.org.

District County List
District 1: Brooke, Hancock and Ohio
District 2: Marshall, Pleasants, Tyler and Wetzel
District 3: Calhoun, Gilmer, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood
District 4: Clay, Jackson, Mason, Putnam and Roane
District 5: Cabell and Wayne

CAE Certification
The West Virginia Association for Justice would like to congratulate its Executive Director, Beth White, for obtaining her Certified Association Executive credentials.  Beth is the first West Virginian to receive this nationally recognized certification in over 10 years. To Learn More Click Here

Call for Judges: 2019 National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court
The National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, hosted March 7-9 by WVU Law, is seeking volunteer judges. Early round judges must be attorneys of good standing licensed to practice law in any state. Final round (March 9, afternoon) judges must be a federal or state appellate judge. Now in its ninth year, the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition attracts exceptional law students from across the country. A record 29 teams are signed up to compete this year. To volunteer or for questions, please email wvumoot@mail.wvu.edu with “Judge 2019” in the subject line. For more information on the competition, click here.

2019 State Bar Membership Directory

The 2019 edition of the membership directory will be available soon. To advance purchase a paper version click here for the order form.

Upcoming Events

March 4, 2019: 12:00pm – 1pm
Interpreting K-1s,  W-2s and 1099s for Determining child support
Speakers: Mark Kelley, Esq. and David Epperly
Sponsor: Kanawha County Family Law Committee
Location: CPA at Voters Registration Room on Court Street
For more information contact Lyne Ranson at Lyne@lyneranson.com

March 26, 2019: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Bench & Bar – A New Era
Sponsor: The West Virginia Bar Association
Location: The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center, Clarksburg, WV
CLE: 1.0 credit, including 0.60 ethics
Speakers: Chief Justice Elizabeth D. Walker, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, and Honorable Thomas S. Kleeh, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia
Please join us at a networking reception with judges and lawyers from around the state and a program featuring newly-appointed and elected judges.  Additional confirmed guests include WV Supreme Court Justice John A. Hutchison, Judge Michael J. Olejasz, and Judge Steven L. Shaffer.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact Tessa White at director@wvbarassociation.org.

March 28, 2019 – SAVE THE DATE
Family Law Issues – FREE & LIVE SEMINAR
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar
Location: The State Bar Center – Charleston, WV and via video conference.
CLE: 3 CLE general credits
Speakers: Lisa Tackett, Lori Poletta-Davis and Major C. Scott Applegate
More information coming soon

April 7-8, 2019 – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
West Virginia State Bar’s 2019 Annual Meeting
Location: Embassy Suites  – Charleston, WV

April 8, 2019 – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
West Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Section Bridge the Gap Program
About: Each new lawyer admitted to practice after July 1, 2018 will have twenty-four months after their date of admission to complete the program. 
Location: Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center  – Charleston, WV
Only Members Admitted after July 1, 2018 May Attend

April 12-14, 2019
1st Annual WVJLAP Conference and Retreat 
Location: Stonewall Resort – Roanoke, WV

To all WVJLAP Participants, Volunteers, Board Members, and Members of the bench and bar who support or are interested supporting the mission of JLAP: You are invited to join us at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia for a weekend CLE conference, volunteer training, open board meeting and networking opportunity. 

May 22, 2019: 8:30am-5:00 pm       
FAMILY LAW SPRING CLE 
Sponsor: The Kanawha County Family Law Committee
Location: The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
About: Cost is $130 and includes lunch.  For more information contact Lyne@LyneRanson.com

*You are receiving this email because you have elected to receive the Bar-Blast from the WV State Bar. To change you email address or manage your email subscriptions, you must log into the Membership Portal at mywvbar.org. This mailing list is updated weekly.

Phishing Emails Impersonating State Bar Staff

Throughout January 2019 there have been reports from members receiving emails from fraudulent email accounts attempting to impersonate a State Bar staff member. If you receive one of these emails please mark it as spam and delete the message.

The State Bar does not email invoices to members unless the member completes a form requesting to pay via check on our membership website www.mywvbar.org.

 

Below is an example of one of the emails received by a State Bar member.

___________________________________________________________________

From: The West Virginia State Bar <c.castro@corporacionurimar.com>
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2019 8:29 AM
To: ———————
Subject: Re: Invoice #18204 Message

Please see attached and thanks!

I have enclosed a copy of the invoice for your reference, you can download view using this link

The West Virginia State Bar
mellacem@wvbar.org

Bar Blast – February 12, 2019

February 12, 2019
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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, February 27, 2019. To review the legal authority, purpose, seat restrictions,  compensation and other information on the Board of Review click here.
Questions can be directed to Brian Abraham at 304-558-2000.

Electronic Voting
On February 14, 2019 members in districts 1-5 (see list below) will be emailed information on how to submit votes for Board of Governor and Young Lawyer Section Executive Committee Nominees using the State Bar’s E-Voting system. Each member will be provided a specific link to vote for the nominees in his or her district. If you do not receive this link go to www.mywvbar.org, login and click “Vote Now”.
Voting will close at 11:59PM, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. 

Questions on the operation of the voting system should be directed to Mike Mellace at mellacem@wvbar.org. Other questions should be directed to the Elections Committee via Anita R. Casey at caseya@wvbar.org.

District County List
District 1: Brooke, Hancock and Ohio
District 2: Marshall, Pleasants, Tyler and Wetzel
District 3: Calhoun, Gilmer, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood
District 4: Clay, Jackson, Mason, Putnam and Roane
District 5: Cabell and Wayne

Member Art Display
The State Bar is pleased to announce the exhibition of the art work of State Bar Member Bill Gerwig at the State Bar Center. Mr. Gerwig’s oil on canvas display of 20 pieces will be available for viewing until the end of May 2019.

Call for Judges: 2019 National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court
The National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, hosted March 7-9 by WVU Law, is seeking volunteer judges. Early round judges must be attorneys of good standing licensed to practice law in any state. Final round (March 9, afternoon) judges must be a federal or state appellate judge. Now in its ninth year, the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition attracts exceptional law students from across the country. A record 29 teams are signed up to compete this year. To volunteer or for questions, please email wvumoot@mail.wvu.edu with “Judge 2019” in the subject line. For more information on the competition, click here.

2019 State Bar Membership Directory

The 2019 edition of the membership directory will be available soon. To advance purchase a paper version click here for the order form.

Upcoming Events

March 4, 2019: 12:00pm – 1pm
Interpreting K-1s,  W-2s and 1099s for Determining child support
Speakers: Mark Kelley, Esq. and David Epperly
Sponsor: Kanawha County Family Law Committee
Location: CPA at Voters Registration Room on Court Street
For more information contact Lyne Ranson at Lyne@lyneranson.com

March 26, 2019: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Bench & Bar – A New Era
Sponsor: The West Virginia Bar Association
Location: The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center, Clarksburg, WV
CLE: 1.0 credit, including 0.60 ethics
Speakers: Chief Justice Elizabeth D. Walker, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, and Honorable Thomas S. Kleeh, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia
Please join us at a networking reception with judges and lawyers from around the state and a program featuring newly-appointed and elected judges.  Additional confirmed guests include WV Supreme Court Justice John A. Hutchison, Judge Michael J. Olejasz, and Judge Steven L. Shaffer.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact Tessa White at director@wvbarassociation.org.

March 28, 2019 – SAVE THE DATE
Family Law Issues – Free & Live Seminar
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar
Location: The State Bar Center – Charleston, WV and via video conference.
CLE: 3 CLE general credits
Speakers: Lisa Tackett, Lori Poletta-Davis and Major C. Scott Applegate
More information coming soon

April 7-8, 2019 – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
West Virginia State Bar’s 2019 Annual Meeting
Location: Embassy Suites  – Charleston, WV

April 8, 2019 – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
West Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Section Bridge the Gap Program
About: Each new lawyer admitted to practice after July 1, 2018 will have twenty-four months after their date of admission to complete the program. 
Location: Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center  – Charleston, WV
Only Newly Admitted Members May Attend

April 12-14, 2019
1st Annual WVJLAP Conference and Retreat 
Location: Stonewall Resort – Roanoke, WV

To all WVJLAP Participants, Volunteers, Board Members, and Members of the bench and bar who support or are interested supporting the mission of JLAP: You are invited to join us at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia for a weekend CLE conference, volunteer training, open board meeting and networking opportunity. 

May 22, 2019: 8:30am-5:00 pm       
FAMILY LAW SPRING CLE 
Sponsor: The Kanawha County Family Law Committee
Location: The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
About: Cost is $130 and includes lunch.  For more information contact Lyne@LyneRanson.com

*You are receiving this email because you have elected to receive the Bar-Blast from the WV State Bar. To change you email address or manage your email subscriptions, you must log into the Membership Portal at mywvbar.org. This mailing list is updated weekly.

NEW EMAIL SCAM REPORTED:

Multiple West Virginia Law Firms have reported scams involving “prospective clients” that use doctored information related to sexual harassment settlements. The prospective client provides very convincing evidence and a fake cahiers check to the attorney that is then rejected by your bank after processing.

The basic premise is that the individual was an employee of Sunbelt Rentals in Charleston, WV.  A new female manager (who was related to the CEO) transferred into the location. The female manager then began making sexual advances toward the prospective client. Refusing the advances, the prospective client made a complaint. He was allegedly terminated shortly thereafter.  The URL for the corporate email address is not a valid URL (although it looks very close to Sunbelt’s actual website).