APPOINTMENT OF A FULL-TIME UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia is accepting applications for a full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge to serve the Wheeling point of holding court. The term of office is eight years, subject to reappointment. The full position description and application form may be obtained from the Clerk’s offices in Clarksburg, Elkins, Martinsburg, or Wheeling and on the court’s website here. Applications must be submitted personally or by certified mail and received by January 12, 2018.
Applicants must submit an original and ten copies of the application in an envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL” to Cheryl Dean Riley, Clerk of Court, U.S. District Court,
Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendment to Rule 1B(e)(1) of the Administrative Rules for Magistrate Courts – 17-Rules-13
On this day came the Court, on its own motion, and proceeded to consider an amendment to Rule 1B(e)(1) of the Administrative Rules for Magistrate Courts. Upon consideration whereof, the Court is of the opinion that the proposed amendment should be published for a thirtyday period of public comment. Comments must be filed in writing with the Clerk of the Court on or before December 29, 2017. Click here to view the order.
Provisional Adoption of and Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendment to Rule 17.05 of the Trial Court Rules – 17-Rules-1
On this day came the Court, on its own motion, and proceeded to consider an amendment to Rule 17.05 of the Trial Court Rules. The Court is of the opinion that the proposed amendment should be provisionally adopted, subject to being published for a thirty-day period of public comment. Comments must be filed in writing with the Clerk of the Court on or before December 29, 2017. Click here to view the order.
Request for Public Comment
The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has provisionally approved amendments
to its Local Rules and has posted them for comment on its website (www.wvnd.uscourts.gov) and in paper form at each point of holding court in Clarksburg,
Elkins, Martinsburg, and Wheeling.
Public comments on the proposed Local Rule amendments may be submitted to the Office of the Clerk, P.O. Box 471, Wheeling, WV 26003, until January 12, 2018
The Martinsburg Office of Legal Aid is seeking volunteers for the January Tuesday Legal Connect
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. We need 3 pro bono attorneys on each Tuesday in
January to take phone calls from the general public about basic legal issues and give out general legal information (not advice or representation) for which you get pro bono hours. We provide dinner and brief training on how the program runs, and what to expect thirty minutes prior to phones starting to ring at 6:00 so you will be prepared.
For all volunteers: Please come to 525 Winchester Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25401 where Legal Aid of West Virginia has the privilege of hosting Tuesday Legal Connect as it is no longer hosted at the bar. Please contact Jenny Saladini in the Martinsburg office at 304-263-8871 ext. 2811 if you have any questions or want to volunteer on a Tuesday in January.
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 email@example.com.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