The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill a second 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 22, 2018.Applications and instructions are available at www.governor.wv.gov. For more information about the application process, please call Ashley Summitt at 304-558-2000. Interviews will be held in Charleston on August 24, 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 email@example.com.
August 22, 2018 – 12PM-2:30PM
FREE AND LIVE SEMINAR
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 Bar Association Annual Meeting
Location: The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Virginia
CLE: 6.0 credits including 1.0 ethics/substance abuse credit.
Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training CLE Host: The Collaborative Practice Training Institute (CPTI), Location: University of Virginia, Northern Virginia Center, Falls Church, Virginia CLE: 18.20 credit hours including 2.40 Ethics/Office Mgmt/Substance Abuse/Elimination
If you are interested in collaborative divorce, this training meets the IACP standards for Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training.
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
October 28-30, 2018
69th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Tax Institute
Host: The West Virginia Tax Institute
Location: Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place -Morgantown, WV
CLE: 16.4 credit hours including 1.0 of ethics
Further information, including registration information, can be found at www.wvtaxinstitute.com or by calling Ilena Thomas at 304-624-6555.
November 13, 2018 – 10AM-1PM
FREE AND LIVE SEMINAR
Veterans & Military Affairs Annual CLE
Host: The West Virginia State Bar Veterans & Military Affairs Committee
Location: Huntington V.A. Medical Center – Huntington, WV
CLE: 3 credit hours
Registration & Agenda Coming Soon
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Thank you to all speaker at the Advanced Mediation Training in Bridgeport on July 29, 2021. Kwame Christian, M. A. Esq., American Negotiation Institute, LLC, gave a great presentation on "Moving Through Mediation." He is pictured during his presentation and with past President Monica Nassif Haddad. Also in attendance and pictured below are past Bar Presidents Robert M. Steptoe, Jr., Debra H. Scudiere, Elliot G. Hicks, Monica Nassif Haddad, and Judge Michael J. Aloi. ... See MoreSee Less
The WV State Bar is pleased to announce this month’s MoreThanALawyer recipient, Duane Ruggier, a litigation attorney with Pullin Fowler Flanagan Brown & Poe, PLLC in Charleston, who has relentlessly advocated for a more accessible West Virginia to those challenged with a physical handicap. Duane was nominated by Vic Flanagan and Monica Nassif Haddad. Read below for Duane’s inspiring story.***************************************************************************Duane Ruggier was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his first year of law school in 1995. Duane, a high school athlete in basketball, soccer and tennis, went from walking and running normally to “walking the walls” and then using a cane, a walking rollator and now, a power chair. Despite his diagnosis, Duane continued to be a strong advocate for maintaining an active and productive lifestyle despite one’s disability. “I have never thought that things get better by just sitting on the couch worrying about your problems. I have always believed that it is better for you, your family and your State to get up and go to work no matter what your particular malady is.” Duane has devoted significant time and effort to the National MS Society and in making West Virginia more accessible to his fellow disabled individuals. “Though I knew that I had to first provide for my family, it was also important for me to help those with MS and to make our State more accessible to all individuals. If you are not in a wheelchair then you just can’t understand that a three-inch curb might as well be 10 feet high or that a bathroom without grab bars prevents you from using the bathroom or that having to park at the back of the parking lot is too far of a distance to actually make it to the courthouse.” Duane’s practice requires him to travel throughout the State, exposing him to many courthouses and businesses. “Wherever I go I try to make a positive change if I can.” With Duane’s advocacy he has been able to bring about changes to facilities such as courthouses, hotels, restaurants, schools and shopping centers including handicapped parking spaces at the Federal Courthouse in Charleston, the Harrison County Courthouse, Hurricane Middle School, Hurricane City Hall, CAMC General and at convenience stores, hotels and law firms around the state. He was also pivotal in creating handicapped bathrooms at the West Virginia Supreme Court, the West Virginia State Bar, CAMC Teays Valley, Logan County Courthouse, and in many law firms and restaurants. Duane is relentless in his quest for accessibility for the handicapped. Duane also serves on the West Virginia Access to Justice Committee where he has assisted with garnering over $500,000 in ADA improvements to West Virginia courthouses. Dan Kimble, Director of the WV Access to Justice Commission, praises Duane: “As a member of the Access to Justice Commission, Duane has been invaluable in helping the Commission members, WVU College of Law students, government officials and the public, gain awareness to the barriers that limit the full potential of those with handicapping conditions. The great thing about Duane is that he doesn’t just see the barriers; he goes through them!” As a member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Multiple Sclerosis Society, Duane is a frequent speaker and advocate regarding Multiple Sclerosis. With the assistance of his law firm, he has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the MS Society with their involvement in the MS 150 Bike Race, Dinner of Champions, MS Art Auction and the Women on the Move Luncheon. In 2015, the Inaugural Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament was first held at the Berry Hills Golf Club in Charleston, WV with all proceeds from the tournament going to benefit the MS Society. The annual tournament is supported by attorneys from all across the State of West Virginia from both the Plaintiff and Defense bars and hosts golfers from as far away as California and Texas and even Sweden. This year’s Sixth Annual Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament will be held at the Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country Club in Teays Valley, WV on October 11, 2021. Please contact Duane if you are interested in participating or sponsoring at firstname.lastname@example.org.Duane resides in Hurricane with his wife, Jennifer. He is grateful for the support of his wife and children, Duane III, Anthony, Isabella, Gabriel and Hannah. “When you have MS, the entire family has MS, and I am more than blessed to have an entire family behind me.” Thank you Duane, for your relentless advocacy improving the quality of life and ensuring the legal rights of those challenged by disability and for being so much More Than A Lawyer.*****************************************************************************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