Bar Blast – April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017
Thank you to the Sponsors of the 2017 
West Virginia State Bar Annual Gathering
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New Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Executive Committee Officers
The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce the newly elected BOG & YLS EC officers.
President: Meshea L. Poore, Charleston
President-Elect: Frederick M. Dean Rohrig, Middlebourne
Vice President: Ann L. Haight, Charleston
Chairperson: Shannon P. Smith, Morgantown
Chairperson-Elect: Linnsey Amores , Charleston
Secretary: Nicole A. Cofer, Charleston

Increased Security Requirements Coming to 
State Bar Membership Portal
The West Virginia State Bar will be increasing password security requirements from 8 to 12 characters in the near future.  General security standards require people to change their passwords regularly with specific character requirements in order to keep their account as secure as possible. The move is needed to protect the State Bar and its members from the rash of hacks that have occurred to large organizations.   Prior to July 1, each Bar member will be prompted to update his or her password upon login if it does not meet our security requirements.  Additional information will be forthcoming before changes take effect.

Beginning April 1, the State Bar will require anyone calling in to access or change information in the State Bar’s database to have the member’s date of birth and employer name.  If the member is a sole practitioner, the employer name will be the member’s name.  This measure is also intended to increase the security of information contained in the State Bar’s database.

Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner
The 19th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston.
The event (black tie optional) begins at 6:00PM and the cost is $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of ten persons. The majority of the amount is tax deductible and the net proceeds from the Dinner are used for Bar Foundation grants to improve the administration of justice in the state.
Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations—(304)-343-9823,
Public Comment

Legal Ethics Opinion: L.E.O. 2017 – Public Comment

The Lawyer Disciplinary Board is soliciting public comments on the following Legal Ethics Opinion: L.E.O. 2017-__ entitled “FACT WITNESS COMPENSATION”.
Deadline for submissions: April 7, 2017.
Click Here for More Information

Proposed Amendments to the Rules Governing Guardians Ad Litem in Family Court
The Court has provisionally approved proposed amendments to the rules governing guardians ad litem in family court, and will accept public comment on the amendments through April 10, 2017. The amendments are necessary because guardians ad litem should not routinely be appointed in family court cases. Click Here for the Order
Upcoming Events

April 5, 2017 – 9:30a.m. & 1:30p.m.
Court’s Case Management Electronic Filing System 
(CM/ECF) Training – Clarksburg
Host:  United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
Location: Clarksburg, WV
About: Attorneys and/or staff may attend one class. Attorneys completing the 2 1/2 hour class will earn 3 CLE credits for office management. There is no charge for the classes. Reservations are required, as there is a limit of 12 students per class.

Friday, March 31st, is the last day to make a reservation. Interested parties please contact:  Kim Denny via email:

April 18, 2017 – FREE CLE Webinar!
What Lawyers Should Know About Evolving Investment Fiduciary Standards
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar State and Federal Tax Committee
CLE: 3.0 General Credits
Location: State Bar Center – Charleston, WV and via Webinar

April 26, 2017
Family Law CLE – National Speakers to Present!
Sponsor: The Kanawha County Family Law Bench Bar Committee
Location: Edgewood Country Club – Charleston, WV

May 18, 2017
Finance and Estate Planning Seminar 
Host: WV Bankers Association, WV Society of CPAs, The WV State Bar Probate Law Committee
Location: Edgewood County Club – Charleston, WV

May 19, 2017
Mountain State Bar Association Annual Seminar
Sponsor: Mountain State Bar Association Annual Seminar
CLE: 6.0 Credit Hours including 1.0 Ethics/Office Management
Location:  Tamarack – Beckley, WV
Questions? Contact Cheryl Henderson 304-523-5732

June 14-16, 2017
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia – 35th Annual Meeting
Sponsor: Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
CLE: 12.30 including 9.90 Ethics
Location: The Resort at Glade Springs

June 28, 2017
The Roadmap to Sucessful Mediation: Effective Communication at Every Turn – An Advanced Mediation Training
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar ADR Committee
CLE: 7.5 General Credits

Bridgeport Conference Center

The State Bar has secured a government room rate with the Wingate Hotel on June 27th using code: CGSBAR
For further information please email