Bar Blast -April 9, 2019

April 9, 2019
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New West Virginia State Bar 
Officers and Members
The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce new officers and members of The West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors for 2019-2020.  New officers are Ann L. Haight, President,  Charleston; Monica N. Haddad, President-Elect, Morgantown; and Thomas E. Scarr, Vice-President, Huntington.  Newly Elected Members are:  Mark A. Kepple, Wheeling; Adam E. Barney, Moundsville; Aaron C. Boone, Parkersburg; Tanya Hunt Handley, Point Pleasant; and David D. Amsbary, Huntington.
Newly elected officers of the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee are Nicole A. Cofer, Chairperson, Charleston; Eric M. Hayhurst, Vice-Chairperson, Morgantown; and Angela N. Brunicardi-Doss, Secretary, Parkersburg.  New Members are:Jordan M. Laird, Wheeling; Rachel J. Cornell, Middlebourne; and Laci B. Browning, Huntington.

West Virginia State Bar 
Annual Meeting and Seminar
The West Virginia State Bar held its Annual Meeting and Seminar on April 7-8, 2019 at the Embassy Suites, Charleston, West Virginia. Speakers included Justice Adrienne Nelson from the Oregon Supreme Court, Terry Harrell, Chief Justice Elizabeth Walker, Bruce Hennes, Brian Moore, Katherine Capito, and Kanawha County Circuit Judges Joanna Tabit. The seminar was successful and saw a very good turnout.  Thank you to the speakers, attendees and sponsors for making the seminar a success.

2019 State Bar Membership Directory Now Available
The 2019 edition of the membership directory is now available online to members.  To download a digital version or print a copy click here.
To purchase a paper version click here for the order form.

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

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 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 4, 2019 
2019 Real Estate Conference
Sponsor: The West Virginia Bar Association
Location: Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV
CLE: WV: 7.5 hours, including 2.0 ethics.  Applied for OH, PA, VA, KY.
Speakers: Tammie Alexander, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC; Sean Ardes,
First American Title Insurance Company; Jessie Richardson, WVU College of Law; Heather Gentile, Jackson Kelly, PLLC; Mark Arrowood, Simplifile, Joe Raczynski, Thomson Reuters; J.B. McCuskey and Steve Connolly, WV State Auditor’s Office, Brian Gartley,
Old Republic National Title Insurance.
Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact Tessa White at

May 10 – 12, 2019
8th Annual Lawyer Leadership Institute
Host: WV Bar Foundation
Location: Stonewall Resort
The Institute will provide newer lawyers with education and professional training.  12 CLE Credit Hours including 4.2 Hours of Legal Ethics/Lawyer Wellbeing Credits.
Contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations–304-343-9823, or WV Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.
For more information click here

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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