Bar Blast – December 18, 2018

December 18, 2018
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Pro Bono Attorneys Needed
Parkersburg is hosting TLC on January 8, January 15, January 22, and January 29 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday Legal Connect (TLC) is a partnership between Legal Aid of West Virginia and the West Virginia State Bar taking place every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Pro bono attorneys are needed to participate in TLC on Tuesdays in January by taking calls from the public about basic legal issues and providing general legal information (no advice or representation). A light meal will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m., during which time a brief training will be given so volunteers know what to expect.
To volunteer, contact Vanessa Beam at (304) 485-7522 x 2914 or

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 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 resume, with any supporting information and/or letters of reference, to Anita R. Casey, Executive Director, The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Blvd., Charleston, WV 25311 or Nominations must be received by midnight, December 31, 2018.

Upcoming Events

January 15, 2019 9am-12pm – FREE LIVE CLE
Do’s and Don’ts of Litigating in State and Federal Courts in West Virginia – Free CLE Video Conference
Location: State Bar Center – Charleston, WV and via Video Conference
CLE: 3.0 live attendance credits
Speakers: Thomas Hurney and Rob Aliff
About: Discussion about opinions of the Supreme Court of Appeals and West Virginia federal courts that focus on failure to follow trial court, civil and appellate rules; investigation, questioning and disqualification of jurors in voir dire; discovery practices; proper and improper argument; and other topics of interest to the West Virginia litigator.

Save the Date: April 7-8, 2019
West Virginia State Bar’s 2019 Annual Meeting
Location: Embassy Suites  – Charleston, WV
Registration Opens January 14
More Information Coming Soon

Save the Date: April 8, 2019
West Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Section Bridge the Gap Program
About: Each new lawyer admitted to practice after July 1, 2018will have twenty-four months after their date of admission to complete the program.
Location: Embassy Suites  – Charleston, WV
Registration Opens January 14
Only Newly Admitted Members May Attend
More Information Coming Soon

Save the Date: April 12-14, 2019
1st Annual WVJLAP Conference and Retreat 
Location: Stonewall Resort – Roanoke, WV

To all WVJLAP Participants, Volunteers, Board Members, and Members of the bench and bar who support or are interested supporting the mission of JLAP: You are invited to join us at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia for a weekend CLE conference, volunteer training, open board meeting and networking opportunity. 
More Information Coming Soon

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