The 2020 Toys for Tots toy drive is coming to a close. All toys and monetary contribution will be picked up on December 10, 2020. Mailed checks should be delivered to Toys for Tots, c/o WV State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Blvd, Charleston, WV 25311 before December 10.
If you have volunteered, or wish to volunteer, to assist with toy sorting and/or distribution (thank you, in advance) you will be contacted by Anita Casey once arrangements have been finalized. Questions should be directed to Anita at firstname.lastname@example.org to be shared with Chief Moore.
The Bar Center will remain closed through the end of the year for all in-person access. 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.
TUESDAY LEGAL CONNECT
The State Bar is in need of volunteer attorneys on Tuesday evenings, during January 2021, to field legal questions from the public as part of the “Tuesday Legal Connect” program. Volunteers from anywhere in the state can now work remotely from their home, office, etc. All the volunteer needs is a telephone and computer/tablet etc. If you would be interested in helping in December, please email David Frercks as soon as possible.
Position Open for Commissioner of
WV Legislative Claims Commission
The West Virginia State Bar is seeking candidates for the position of Commissioner of the Legislative Claims Commission. The State Bar Board of Governors will nominate three (3) lawyers and will submit these names to the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate for appointment to the Claims Commission. The term is for six (6) years. A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience as a licensed attorney is required. A full description of qualifications can be found in W.Va. Code Section 14-2-4 and 14-2-10, and compensation is provided for in W. Va. Code Section 14-2-8. This position involves hearing and deciding claims filed against state agencies and the Crime Victims Compensation Fund. The main offices of the Claims Commission are at the State Capitol with travel to other parts of the state for hearings. Some administrative law, mediation, or other judicial experience would be beneficial.
If you qualify for appointment, and would like to be considered for nomination, please send your letter of interest and resume, with all supporting information and letters of reference – in one packet – to Anita R. Casey, Executive Director, The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Blvd., Charleston, WV 25311 or email@example.com. Nominations must be received, via email or regular mail with a Receipt/Postmark date/time of no later than 11:59 p.m., December 30, 2020.
December 16, 2020
CYBERSECURITY: State of Cybersecurity in Legal
Host: The West Virginia Bar Association
CLE: 1.2 credits in WV and 1 applied for hour in Ohio
Cost: Free for WV Bar Association members and $10 for non-members
Securing Law Practice Technology and Reporting CLE
Host: WV State Bar
CLE: 3 credits in Law Office Management
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST
Location: Live Zoom
Speakers: Danielle Cox, Todd Sexton, and Angela Volk/Michael Mellace
The webinar will focus on technology issues including how to keep your firm/office cyber secure, encrypting email, and how to report CLE. You and your employees are encouraged to attend the live webinar. Because Zoom capacity is limited, the Bar requests that attendees participate as a social-distance group rather than individually.
More information and registration coming soon.
SAVE THE DATE – MAY 14-16, 2021
The 2021 WVJLAP Annual Conference & Retreat
Location: Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV
More information and registration coming soon.
Extension of the Bridge the Gap Requirement
Attorneys admitted to the WV State Bar between May 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020 have been granted a one-year extension of time to complete mandatory the Bridge-the-Gap Program.
This extension is in addition to the one-year extension previously granted by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia to those admitted between July 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019. A determination was made that additional attorneys were adversely affected by the cancellation of the Bridge-the-Gap program scheduled in April 2020 due to COVID.
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