Because of the continuing pandemic, the Bar Center will remain closed through the end of the year for all in-person access. Bar members will not be allowed in the Bar Center to pay membership dues, complete reporting requirements, or report CLE credits. Bar Members are directed to complete the same via their membership portals. Bar staff will remain available, via telephone or email, during normal operating hours to answer questions. The Bar can be reached by calling 304-553-7220.
The deadline for mandatory reporting and paying annual membership fees is 11:59 p.m. on September 1, 2020. After September 1, late fees will automatically be applied. BEGINNING AUGUST 19, 2020, ATTORNEYS WHO HAVE NOT PAID THEIR FEES AND COMPLETED THEIR REPORTING WILL RECEIVE AN INDIVIDUAL EMAIL REMINDING TOF THE DEADLINE. For more information on how to complete the process go to http://www.wvbar.org and click on the Membership Reporting & Fees 2020-21 tab.
Adoption of Amendments to Rule 38 of the Rules of Appellate Procedure (Elimination of facsimile filing and allowing for
electronic mail filing in its place, in certain circumstances)
On July 23, 2020, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia entered an order approving amendments to Rule 38 of the Rules of Appellate Procedure. By that order, effective September 1, 2020, facsimile filing is eliminated in the Office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. The amendments provide that leave may be granted for litigants to file documents by electronic mail in certain circumstances. Click here to review the Order
Adoption of Amendments to the Notice of Appeal Form Attached as
Appendix A to the Rules of Appellate Procedure
On July 23, 2020, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia entered an order approving amendments to the Notice of Appeal form attached as Appendix A to the Rules of Appellate Procedure. The amendments modify three portions of the Notice of Appeal form: Sections 15 and 18 and the Appellate Transcript Request Form. Notably, Section 18 of the Notice of Appeal form requires checks that are provided to the Office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia to be made out to the order of “The State of West Virginia.” Click here to review the Order
KELLER NOTICE TO STATE BAR MEMBERS
The time schedule to follow on Keller issues is available on the State Bar’s website – Keller Notice . 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].
ADDITIONAL REPORTING REQUIREMENT
ON SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR
FISCAL YEAR 2020-21
State Bar Administrative Rule 14 – Succession Planning – became effective on January 1, 2020. The new Rule requires all sole practitioner Bar members to designate if they have a succession plan. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rule could not be fully implemented before the 2020-21 reporting/fiscal year. When renewing your membership with the State Bar in 2020-21, you must answer the “Succession Planning” question in the compliance section of your renewal application. Additional requirements will be announced as the is Rule is implemented. NOTE: Firm Administrators in firms with 5 or more members, do not have to complete the Succession Planning requirement.
The Bar anticipates that the requirements of Administrative Rule 14 will be fully implemented in the 2021-22 reporting period. Announcement(s) regarding the implementation of the requirements will be posted, during the next several months, on the Bar’s website and in the Bar Blast.
By order entered on August 13, 2020, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals approved a request for public comment on proposed amendments to Rule 14, Succession Planning, of the West Virginia State Bar Administrative Rules. The amendments would expand the requirements under the Rule from solo practitioners to include law firms or legal entities of five or fewer lawyers. Comments must be filed in writing with the Clerk of the Court on or before September 18, 2020.
The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is pleased to announce that Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties will be the next to join the WV E-File/CourtPLUS system. Attorneys and staff are invited to join one of the training seminars listed below. Attorneys will be granted 1.0 Ethics/Office Management CLE credits upon completion of the online course.
Please Note: Training sessions are online webinars only.
CLICK HERE to register for Tuesday, September 1, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
CLICK HERE to register for Thursday, September 3, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
The 2018-2020 reporting period has been extended to September 30, 2020. All CLE must be completed and reported by that date.
The reporting period for 2020-2022 begins on July 1, 2020. The extension of the 2018-2020 reporting period does not affect the start date of the 2020-2022 reporting period.
Attorneys who are in compliance for the 2018-2020 reporting period by June 30, 2020 should begin reporting any CLE credits completed after July 1, 2020 to the 2020-2022 reporting period.
Attorneys who are not in compliance for the 2018-2020 reporting period should continue to report credits to the 2018-2020 reporting period until such time as you are in compliance. You need a minimum of 24 credits, including at least 3 in legal ethics/law office mgmt./attorney well-being/elimination of bias in the legal profession. Any credits completed after you are in compliance for the 2018-2020 reporting period and after July 1, 2020 should be reported to the 2020-2022 reporting period.
If you exceed the minimum CLE requirements for the 2018-2020 reporting period, a maximum of 6 general credits are carried over to the 2020-2022 reporting period. Credits in the ethics categories do not carryover.
Course credits cannot be split between reporting periods.
Please check your CLE transcripts for accuracy and for pending CLE credits submitted by CLE sponsors that require your confirmation. Credits are not included in your CLE total until they are confirmed and added to your CLE transcript.
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