Bar Blast – December 26, 2017

December 26, 2017
The State Bar Center will be operating with a reduced staff December 25 through January 2. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! 
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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,

1125 Chapline Street, P.O. Box 471, Wheeling WV 26003

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.
Upcoming Events

January 18-19, 2018
15.6 CLE Hours


2018 Mid-Winter Convention and Seminar
Host: West Virginia Association for Justice
Location: Ebassy Suites Hotel-Charleston, WV

January 24, 2018
FREE CLE 
3-Hours credit-Law office Management
Host: West Virginia State Bar
Location: Bowles, Rice office in Martinsburg and broadcast statewide via video conference.

Save the Date: April 8-9, 2018
West Virginia State Bar’s 2018 Annual Gathering at the Greenbrier
6-Hours CLE Credit