Bar Blast – February 12, 2019

February 12, 2019
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Opening on Worker’s Compensation Board of Review
Members of the Workers Compensation Board of Review Nominating Committee are accepting applications for a Board of Review opening.  Applications should be sent to Anita R. Casey, Executive Director, West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, West Virginia 25311 or to caseya@wvbar.org.  Applications must be RECEIVED by NOON on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. To review the legal authority, purpose, seat restrictions,  compensation and other information on the Board of Review click here.
Questions can be directed to Brian Abraham at 304-558-2000.

Electronic Voting
On February 14, 2019 members in districts 1-5 (see list below) will be emailed information on how to submit votes for Board of Governor and Young Lawyer Section Executive Committee Nominees using the State Bar’s E-Voting system. Each member will be provided a specific link to vote for the nominees in his or her district. If you do not receive this link go to www.mywvbar.org, login and click “Vote Now”.
Voting will close at 11:59PM, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. 

Questions on the operation of the voting system should be directed to Mike Mellace at mellacem@wvbar.org. Other questions should be directed to the Elections Committee via Anita R. Casey at caseya@wvbar.org.

District County List
District 1: Brooke, Hancock and Ohio
District 2: Marshall, Pleasants, Tyler and Wetzel
District 3: Calhoun, Gilmer, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood
District 4: Clay, Jackson, Mason, Putnam and Roane
District 5: Cabell and Wayne

Member Art Display
The State Bar is pleased to announce the exhibition of the art work of State Bar Member Bill Gerwig at the State Bar Center. Mr. Gerwig’s oil on canvas display of 20 pieces will be available for viewing until the end of May 2019.

Call for Judges: 2019 National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court
The National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, hosted March 7-9 by WVU Law, is seeking volunteer judges. Early round judges must be attorneys of good standing licensed to practice law in any state. Final round (March 9, afternoon) judges must be a federal or state appellate judge. Now in its ninth year, the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition attracts exceptional law students from across the country. A record 29 teams are signed up to compete this year. To volunteer or for questions, please email wvumoot@mail.wvu.edu with “Judge 2019” in the subject line. For more information on the competition, click here.

2019 State Bar Membership Directory

The 2019 edition of the membership directory will be available soon. To advance purchase a paper version click here for the order form.

Upcoming Events

March 4, 2019: 12:00pm – 1pm
Interpreting K-1s,  W-2s and 1099s for Determining child support
Speakers: Mark Kelley, Esq. and David Epperly
Sponsor: Kanawha County Family Law Committee
Location: CPA at Voters Registration Room on Court Street
For more information contact Lyne Ranson at Lyne@lyneranson.com

March 26, 2019: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Bench & Bar – A New Era
Sponsor: The West Virginia Bar Association
Location: The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center, Clarksburg, WV
CLE: 1.0 credit, including 0.60 ethics
Speakers: Chief Justice Elizabeth D. Walker, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, and Honorable Thomas S. Kleeh, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia
Please join us at a networking reception with judges and lawyers from around the state and a program featuring newly-appointed and elected judges.  Additional confirmed guests include WV Supreme Court Justice John A. Hutchison, Judge Michael J. Olejasz, and Judge Steven L. Shaffer.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact Tessa White at director@wvbarassociation.org.

March 28, 2019 – SAVE THE DATE
Family Law Issues – Free & Live Seminar
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar
Location: The State Bar Center – Charleston, WV and via video conference.
CLE: 3 CLE general credits
Speakers: Lisa Tackett, Lori Poletta-Davis and Major C. Scott Applegate
More information coming soon

April 7-8, 2019 – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
West Virginia State Bar’s 2019 Annual Meeting
Location: Embassy Suites  – Charleston, WV

April 8, 2019 – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
West Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Section Bridge the Gap Program
About: Each new lawyer admitted to practice after July 1, 2018 will have twenty-four months after their date of admission to complete the program. 
Location: Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center  – Charleston, WV
Only Newly Admitted Members May Attend

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. 

May 22, 2019: 8:30am-5:00 pm       
FAMILY LAW SPRING CLE 
Sponsor: The Kanawha County Family Law Committee
Location: The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
About: Cost is $130 and includes lunch.  For more information contact Lyne@LyneRanson.com

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