Bar Blast -April 2, 2019

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April 7-8, 2019 | Embassy Suites – Charleston, WV
Includes CLE Seminars, Annual Banquet and Reception
Includes CLE Seminars Only
Includes Annual Banquet Only
April 2, 2019
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Legal Outreach Committee
The Legal Outreach Committee of the West Virginia State Bar is seeking new members. This committee oversees three programs: Tuesday Legal Connect, The Lawyer Referral Service, and WV Online Legal Help and is open to all State Bar members. All members are encouraged to participate via video conference or in person at the Committee’s next meeting on April 22, 2019 at noon at the State Bar Center.  If you are interested please email the Committee Chair, Mark Adkins, at

LAWS – Legal Advancement for 
West Virginia Students
The Supreme Court invites attorneys to contact their local high schools and middle schools and offer to help students learn about the appellate court system and prepare for LAWS, which is available statewide for the first time this year. LAWS – Legal Advancement for West Virginia Students – is a civic education program in which the Supreme Court holds an argument docket at a county courthouse about once a year and invites students from that area to attend.  The LAWS docket this year will be April 9 at the Morgan County Courthouse in Berkeley Springs. As always, the arguments will be  webcast live.  This year for the first time, the webcast will be recorded and kept on the West Virginia Judiciary YouTube Channel so that students anywhere can watch during their normal class times.  The cases and documents filed in the cases also are available on the West Virginia Judiciary website.
Questions should be directed to Jennifer Bundy at 304-340-2305 or

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit – 
2019 High School Essay Contest
Deadline April 15, 2019
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is sponsoring a Civics Essay Contest for students in Grades 9 through 12.  Top essays will be awarded $2,000 (1st place), $1,500 (2nd place), and $1,000 (3rd place).  This year’s essay question is, “How has the right to freedom of speech established for public school students in the Supreme Court case of Tinker v. Des Moines evolved in the 50 years since it was decided?”  For more information go to the web site at
To see the contest flyer go to:

Immigration Court EOIR Numbers for 
WV Attorneys Now Available Without 
Out-of-State Travel
An attorney wanting to appear in Immigration Court, will need to be licensed in any State and have an Executive Office for Immigration Review (“EOIR”) number.  The attorney will needed to fill out the ERegistry form online at: and then go to the any Immigration Court to have his/her ID checked.  The EOIR number is good for life.  James Roder of the Department of Justice has offered to complete the process for any attorney who fills out the ERegistry form online.  For more information contact James Roder at

Upcoming Events

April 2-10, 2019
2019 Court Improvement Program Cross-Training Conference
Sponsor: The West Virginia Court Improvement Program (CIP)
Location: Beckley, Huntington and Martinsburg
There are three available Cross-trainings.

April 7-8, 2019
West Virginia State Bar’s 2019 Annual Meeting
Location: Embassy Suites  – Charleston, WV
Speakers: Judge Adrienne Nelson, Terry Harrell, Chief Justice Elizabeth Walker, Bruce Hennes, Brian Moore & Katherine Capito and Judge Joanna Tabit.
About: The West Virginia State Bar’s Annual Meeting is the ideal venue to reconnect with lawyers and friends – and to build new relationships – all while enjoying Charleston, West Virginia. Take advantage of excellent Embassy Suites accommodation rates offered only to our members.*
Registration Deadline for Seminar: April 3 @ Noon
Registration Deadline for Banquet: March 27 @ Noon

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 OR Attorneys admitted prior to July 1, 2018, who have not previously completed the Bridge the Gap requirements, may attend the live course and satisfy the mandatory Bridge the Gap requirements.

April 12-14, 2019 – Last chance to register for the WVJLAP retreat. To get the all inclusive room rate, with all meals and registration included, make your reservation before March 10, 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. 

April 25, 2019

21st Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner
Host: WV Bar Foundation
Location: The Charleston Marriott Hotel
Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations–304-343-9823, or WV Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.

April 30, 2019: 10am-1pm   FREE & LIVE CLE
Law Practice Succession Planning 
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar
Location: The State Bar Center – Charleston, WV and via video conference.
CLE: 3 CLE Credits in Law Office Management

May 21, 2019: 9am-12pm  FREE & LIVE CLE
Opportunities, Logistics and Ethics of Pro Bono Work by Government Lawyers
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar Government Lawyer Committee
Location: The State Bar Center – Charleston, WV and via video conference.
CLE: 3.0 Attendance Credits
More Information Coming Soon

May 22, 2019: 8:30am-5:00 pm       
Sponsor: The Kanawha County Family Law Committee
Location: The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
For more information contact
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

May 31, 2019: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Mountain State Bar Association Annual CLE and Luncheon
Sponsor: Mountain State Bar Association
Location: The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
For more information contact Cheryl Henderson at

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