Bar Blast – August 14, 2018

August 14, 2018
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West Virginia Supreme Court Vacancy
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Candidates must submit their completed applications and letters of recommendation or comment by no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 14, 2018. Applications and instructions are available at  For more information about the application process, please call Manda Bickoff at 304-558-2000.  Interviews will be held in Charleston on August 23 and 24 (if necessary), 2018.

Keller Notice to State Bar Members
The time schedule which will be followed on Keller issues is available on the Bar’s website.  If any member has a question concerning this matter, contact Anita Casey at The West Virginia State Bar at 304-553-7228 or by e-mail at

Public Comment

Proposed Revisions to Governance Documents 
The Supreme Court of Appeals is Requesting Comment on Proposed Revisions to the Governance Documents for the West Virginia State Bar – the proposed revisions are set forth in the Court’s order. Click here 

to view the order. Comment period expires August 14, 2018
Click here to view highlights of the proposed revisions.

Request for Public Comment
The Court is requesting public comment on proposed amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law in West Virginia. Please review the attached order and file comments by August 15, 2018. Click here to view the order.

Lawyer Disciplinary Board Request for Public Comments
The Lawyer Disciplinary Board is soliciting public comments on the following Legal Ethics Opinion. Comments may be emailed to to ahinerman@wvodc.orgDeadline for submissions: September 20, 2018.  Click Here to view the “CONFLICTS IN A PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE” LEO.

Upcoming Events

August 22, 2018 – 12PM-2:30PM
Intellectual Property Committee Meeting, New Member Solicitation Meeting & CLE
Host: The West Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Committee
Location: State Bar Center – Charleston, WV and live via video conference
CLE: 2.0 credits including 1.0 ethics credit
About: Special guests from the United States Patent and Trademark Office will speak on subjects within the USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program and the Trademark Classification department.
Click Here to register to attend via video conference
Click Here to register for live attendance (Live attendance is limited to the first 35 registrants)

August 23-25, 2018
2018 Annual Meeting
Host: The West Virginia Bar Association
Location: The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Virginia
CLE: 6.0 credits including 1.0 ethics/substance abuse credit.

September 7, 2018 – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend
Charity Roast of WV Supreme Court Senior Status Justice and WVU College of Law Adjunct Lecturer Larry Starcher
Host: WV Bar Foundation
Location: Erickson Alumni Center-Morgantown, WV
More Information: CLICK HERE

September 19, 2018 – 10AM-1PM
Employment Law CLE
Host: The West Virginia State Bar
Location: Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Office – Bridgeport, WV and by Video Conference
CLE: 3 credit hours
Click Here to register to attend via video conference
Click Here to register for live attendance (Live attendance is limited to the first 55 registrants)

Dates and Locations for the 2018 Regional Meetings
Registration and further information will be announced in the coming months.
 October 9, 2018 – Oliverio’s – Bridgeport
 October 10, 2018- Lakeview Resort – Morgantown
 October 11, 2018 – Oglebay Resort – Wheeling
 October 16, 2018 –  University of Charleston – Charleston
 October 17, 2018 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington
 October 18, 2018 -The Blennerhassett – Parkersburg
 October 19, 2018 – Giovanni’s – Chapmanville
 October 23, 2018 – Tamarack – Beckley
 October 24, 2018 – Bavarian Inn – Shepherdstown
 October 25, 2018 – South Branch Inn – Moorefield

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