Bar Blast – August 27, 2019

 
August 27, 2019
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ATTENTION BAR MEMBERS
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP REPORTING AND FEES  
The deadline for reporting and paying annual fees is on or before midnight, September 3, 2019.  After September 3, late fees will automatically be applied.  BEGINNING AUGUST 27, 2019, ATTORNEYS WHO HAVE NOT PAID THEIR FEES AND COMPLETED THEIR REPORTING WILL RECEIVE AN INDIVIDUAL EMAIL.  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 caseya@wvbar.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  [caseya@wvbar.org].
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. 
To participate in the survey and learn more about the study, visit:  https://www.testingtaskforce.org/2019PAsurvey/
 
Let’s make sure the survey includes the voices of attorneys from our State!
West Virginia State Bar Legal Outreach Programs
A Press Release was sent on August 21, 2019 
The West Virginia State Bar’s Legal Outreach Committee would like to remind its members of the services available to West Virginia citizens who may need legal help or have a legal question.  
Upcoming Events
 September 13, 2019 – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend
Who:  Charity Roast of U. S. Army Judge Advocate General (ret.) and former WVU Vice President Ken Gray
Host:  WV Bar Foundation
Location:  Erickson Alumni Center-Morgantown, WV
September 13-14, 2019
Family Law 2019 – CLE
Host:  WVUCLE and the WV State Bar Family Law Committee
Location: WVU College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
Cost:  $295.00
WV MCLE:  9.5 including 1.0 Ethics/Law office Management
September 17, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Update on Criminal Law – 
Free & Live Seminar/Webinar
Sponsor:  The West Virginia State Bar
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 hanna@wvjlap.org.  
Information regarding attendee registration may be found at,   To reserve a room at the Hilton Austin Hotel, visit:
To book by phone, call 512-482-8000 and mention “ABA National CoLAP/ILAA Conference”
October 27 – 29, 2019
70th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Tax Institute
Hosts:  The West Virginia State Bar, The West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accounts, The College of Law, The College of Business and Economics, and West Virginia University.  
Location:  Canaan Valley Resort, Davis, West Virginia
CLE:  16 hours of CLE and CPE, including 1 hour of ethics.  
Federal Tax Updates will be Sunday evening’s presentation,  various topics will be presented on Monday, and the West Virginia State Tax Department will be giving a presentation on Tuesday.
Further information, including registration information, can be found at www.wvtaxinstitute.com 
2019 REGIONAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT 
Please find below the dates and locations for the 2019 Regional Meeting.  All meetings will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will end at 1:10 p.m. Registration is now open for Moorefield.  Registration for the remaining locations is coming soon.  
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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