On June 13, 2019 all Active and Inactive Members were mailed an orange postcard via U. S. mail. The postcard contains instructions on how to complete reporting and pay fees for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The deadline for reporting and paying fees is on or before midnight, September 3, 2019. For more information on how to complete the process go to http://www.wvbar.org and click on the Membership Reporting & Fees 2019-20 tab.
KELLER NOTICE TO STATE BAR MEMBERS
The time schedule to follow on Keller issues is available on the State Bar’s website at https://www.mywvbar.org/feeguidelines. If any member has questions concerning this matter, please contact Anita Casey at The West Virginia State Bar at 304-553-7228 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Challenges should be directed to Executive Director Anita Casey and may be submitted by mail [mailing address: 2000 Deitrick Blvd, Charleston, WV 25311] or email [email@example.com].
NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BAR EXAMINERS (NCBE)
TESTING TASK FORCE
2019 PRACTICE ANALYSIS SURVEY
Open August to the end of September
Subject: Help Shape the Next Generation of the Bar Examination by Participating Now
Bar Members have an exciting opportunity to participate in the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) Testing Task Force 2019 practice analysis survey – an essential component of the Task Force’s three-year study to ensure that the bar exam keeps pace with a changing legal profession. The survey is open to attorneys nationwide and is focused on collecting information about the current job activities of newly licensed lawyers. The results, which will be published at the beginning of next year, will not only be used by NCBE to develop the next generation of the bar exam but will be informative to the profession as a whole.
Let’s make sure the survey includes the voices of attorneys from our State!
August 15-17, 2019
THE WEST VIRGINIA BAR ASSOCIATION
133rd ANNUAL MEETING
Sponsor: The West Virginia Bar Association
Location: Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV
CLE: WV – 6.5 hours, including 1.5 ethics; PA – 5.5 hours, including 1.0 ethics; OH, VA, KY: Applied for.
Speakers:Beth White, West Virginia Association for Justice; Eric Wittenberg, Attorney and Historian; Honorable Edmund Albert Sargus, Jr., Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; Chief Justice Elizabeth D. Walker, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia; Chief Justice Maureen O’Conner, The Supreme Court of Ohio; Jen Giovannitti, The Benedum Foundation; Mac Warner, WV Secretary of State
Please join us at Oglebay Resort for our 133rd Annual Meeting. New this year is a judicial appreciation reception to recognize the judiciary for their service to the legal community.
Location: The State Bar Center, Large Conference Room, Charleston, West Virginia and via video conference.
MCLE: 3 general credits
Speakers: Lisa Tackett – “Expungement Forms and More”; Kenley Hanna – “How to Seal a Criminal Conviction under West Virginia’s recently updated Expungement law”; and John A. Carr – “How to Keep Your Client Happy and Avoid a Habeas.”
Live registration is limited to 35 attendees at The State Bar Center and unlimited capacity for attendees attending via video conferencing. More information and registration will be available soon.
If you are unable to use the stairs from the first floor to the lower level, please drive down the driveway on the far side of the Bar Center and enter the building at the bottom of the driveway. There are also handicap accessible restrooms available. If you need other assistance, please contact the State Bar 304-553-7220, in advance of the meeting, so arrangements can be made.
Art Walk – September 19, 2019 – 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Government Lawyers’ Committee Reception
Host: WV State Bar Government Lawyers’ Committee
Location: The Law Office of Pullin Fowler Flanagan Brown & Poe, PLLC, 901 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV
About: The reception is during the Charleston “Art Walk” and open to ALL members of the Bar, staff, and guests. Enjoy snacks and beverages and relax with your colleagues. A local artist will be painting a picture throughout the evening.
Live music provided by: St. Mark’s Steel Band
RSVP is not required.
September 24-26, 2019
ABA 2019 National Conference for
Lawyer Assistance Programs
On-line registration for the ABA 2019 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs being held on September 24-26, 2019 at the Hilton Austin Downtown in Austin, Texas is now open! This year’s conference theme is “From Surviving to Thriving: LAPs Lead the Way.” The conference will have sessions of interest to judges, disciplinary staff, bar leaders, lawyer assistance program directors and staff, law students, law school administrators and law firm managers, as well as abundant opportunities to network with LAP personnel and volunteers involved in Lawyer Assistance Programs from across the United States, Canada and Great Britain. The Honorable Beth Walker of the West Virginia Supreme Court will be participating in a panel discussion at the conference. We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions regarding registration for this event, please contact Amber Hanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information regarding attendee registration may be found at,
To book by phone, call 512-482-8000 and mention “ABA National CoLAP/ILAA Conference”
2019 REGIONAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
Please find below the dates and locations for the 2019 Regional Meeting. Registration and further information will be announced in the coming months.
October 1 –Tamarack – Beckley, WV
October 2 – Bavarian Inn – Shepherdstown, WV
October 3 – South Branch Inn – Moorefield, WV
October 15 – Oliverio’s – Bridgeport, WV
October 16 – WVU College of Law, Morgantown, WV
October 17 – Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV
October 28 – The Blennerhassett – Parkersburg, WV
October 29 – Giovanni’s – Chapmanville, WV
October 30 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington, WV
October 31 – University of Charleston (Geary Student Union), Charleston, WV
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This time of year we are especially thankful for our attorneys who have always given back to their communities. This month’s MoreThanALawyer Natalie Sal exemplifies the best in West Virginia attorneys with her generous giving of her time in both her legal practice and her private life. Read more about our Thanksgiving MoreThanALawyer below. ********************************************************************* Community service and engagement have always been a priority in Natalie Sal’s life. She and her Morgantown firm Sal Sellaro Culpepper Legal Group routinely provide pro bono legal services for clients of the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC), WV Legal Aid, and WV Bar’s Legal Connect, and they have received multiple awards in recognition of their many years of pro bono service. Passionate about helping children and families, Natalie has served as a member of the West Virginia Court Improvement Oversight Board (charged with working state-wide to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system) and frequently presents at continuing legal education conferences statewide on issues relating to child welfare.
Natalie’s philosophy – that the generous sharing of our time and talents is essential for our community to thrive – has been every bit as much a driving force in her private life. She is on the Board of Directors of Christian Help, a local nonprofit providing necessities and services to area residents, and is a consultant for The Pantry Plus More, another local nonprofit whose mission is to help provide food, clothing, and other necessities to school-aged children. Natalie spent over 18 years as a frequent volunteer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, providing both extensive on-air volunteer assistance and off-air support for television and radio fund drives. She encourages others to become involved with the various community organizations and efforts addressing the challenges facing families in West Virginia, believing that, "Our collective wisdom is so much greater than that of any one of us alone."
As a mother of two amazing children (and volunteers-in-training), Natalie is an extremely active volunteer and fundraiser for Morgantown Learning Academy, her children’s nonprofit school, and serves on the affiliated Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Advisory Board that oversees the unique Mountain SOL outdoor education program. With a deep love of science and an engineering background, Natalie and her husband also promote science engagement and education for children in the community. From her daily social media “Cool Science Fact” to coaching FIRST Lego Robotics to providing occasional hands-on science exhibitions at area schools and daycare programs, Natalie encourages adults and children alike to get involved and to “Play science!”
Thank you, Natalie, for your dedication to pro bono service and to these volunteer organizations and the families they serve. You make us proud! ****************************************************** What is our MoreThanALawyer campaign all about? It highlights all the ways West Virginia’s attorneys impact lives within and outside of their profession. West Virginia's lawyers are service members, volunteers, mentors, coaches, musicians and committed advocates. In all of these roles, they make a difference in their community. Each month we share a MoreThanALawyer story on West Virginia State Bar’s Facebook and Twitter pages. ... See MoreSee Less