The West Virginia Executive Branch recently updated its HIPPA Preemption Analysis.There is also a summary and flow chart explaining the mechanics of HIPPA preemption. Additionally, the Executive Branch’s Privacy Requirements Document was recently updated, and provides a summary of all privacy laws impacting the enterprise. Both are revised annually to support internal privacy compliance, and may be useful to others as a resource. Any questions may be directed to Sallie Milam, WV’s chief privacy officer, at 304-766–2646 X57624 or email@example.com.
2018 State Bar Membership Directory
The 2018 edition of the membership directory will be available soon. To advance purchase a paper version, go to www. legaldirectories.com.
Judges Needed for Energy Moot Court Competition
The National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, hosted March 8-10 by WVU Law, is looking for volunteer judges. Early round judges must be an attorney of good standing licensed to practice law in any state. Final round (March 10 afternoon) judges must be a federal or state appellate judge. Now in its eighth year, the competition attracts exceptional law students from across the country. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Judge 2018” in the subject line. For more information on the competition, click here
West Virginia State Bar Subcommittee
President Meshea Poore has divided the State Bar’s Task Force on the Future of the Law (FOL) into two subcommittees, one of which will deal with changes in the practice of law springing from technology. Jill McIntyre will chair the FOL’s Technology Subcommittee, joined by Shannon Smith and Burt Hunter. The committee intends to investigate issues like artificial intelligence and online legal services (replacement technologies), attorney-client matching services (a marketing technology), and the technology-facilitated phenomenon of cross-jurisdictional practice. What is coming to challenge and disrupt our practices? What is welcome? How will we respond and adapt? If you are interested in serving on this subcommittee, please contact Jill McIntyre at email@example.com
Freedom Chemical Spill Claims Due February 21, 2018
The claims period for Freedom Chemical Spill settlement class members to file ends February 21, 2018. Attorneys who assist class members in filling out claim forms may charge up to 15% of the amount recovered under the Settlement Agreement.
Residents and businesses, including non-profit organizations, residents who incurred medical expenses, women who were pregnant on that date and wage-earners who lost work at a location that was fully or partially shut down due to the spill, and governmental entities, at a location served by W. Va. American Water’s Kanawha Valley Treatment Plant on January 9, 2014, are eligible to file claims under the settlement agreement. Some class members, depending on their circumstances, may have multiple claims.
The case website, https://www.wvwaterclaims.com/ has downloadable forms, FAQs with answers and an “800” number for further inquiries at 1-855-829-8121. Claims may be submitted online or by mail. Because the Settlement Administrator has been delayed in acknowledging receipt of claims, it is advisable to file by certified mail and keep a copy.
Government Lawyers Reception
All West Virginia lawyers are invited to an April Fiesta Government Lawyers Reception to be held at the offices of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown and Poe, 901 Quarrier Street, Charleston on April 19th, beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m. There will be an Art Walk in Charleston that evening and the Government Lawyers Committee is holding the Reception to correspond with Art Walk. Artwork by West Virginia attorneys may be displayed. The Committee is still working on the logistics. The Reception will provide a Taco Feast, Sangria and beer and the fabulous musical stylings of the St. Marks Steel Drums. All West Virginia lawyers are invited! Contact Barb Baxter at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The State Bar received some positive publicity relating to its recent upgrades in technology. Click here to view the article published in The West Virginia Record.
Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Rule 1.2 of the Rules of Professional Conduct (Addressing the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act) 18-Rules-01
Comments must be filed in writing with the Clerk of Court on or before February 16, 2018. Click here to view a copy of the order.
Request for Public Comment on Legal Ethics Opinion
The following L.E.O. was approved for publication for public comment at the January 26, 2018 meeting of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board. Please submit your comments by May 15, 2018. Please send them to: L.E.O. Public Comments, Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304. Click here for a copy of the opinion.
Please email Lyne Ranson at email@example.com with any questions.
Click here for the schedule and registration form.
Save the Date: April 24, 2018 12:00-2:00
Free and Live
Government Lawyers CLE Seminar 2-Hours general credit
Government Lawyers Committee
Via video conference
Save the Date: May 18, 2018
Mountain State Bar Association Annual CLE
6 Hours CLE Credit
Location: Shepherdstown, WV
Registration begins April 1, 2018
Contact Cheryl Henderson at 304-523-5732 with questions.
Save the Date: May 23, 2018 10:00-1:00
Free and Live
Marijuana Law Webinar
3 CLE Credit Hours (general)
June 13-14, 2018
Basic Mediation Training
Host: State Bar ADR Committee
Days Inn and Suites, Flatwoods
Approved for 16.5 CLE credits including 1.0 in Ethics
A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate ($89.99) for the event. In order to receive the discounted rate, inform the hotel that you are attending the WV State Bar’s event when making your reservation. Contact Cathy Shuman at 866-700-7284 X101 to reserve your room
For more information and to register for the event, click
This month's MoreThanALawyer is our Valentine's couple Bo Sweeney and Patty Jennings, Huntington attorneys who founded the annual Huntington Turkey Trot. Bo (Robert H Sweeney Jr.) is a member of Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC and Patty (Patricia A. Jennings) is an Appellate Judge on the Workers' Compensation Board of Review. Keep reading to learn how this month's couple raises awareness for the health and well-being of our students and our pets.
"To whom much is given, much is expected. These are words we live by." In 2005, Bo and Patty visited family in St. Louis for Thanksgiving and participated in a Turkey Trot. The following year, they searched for a local race in the Huntington area but found none. One week before Thanksgiving they organized the first Huntington Turkey Trot with fifty participants and donated the proceeds to Little Victories Animal Rescue Shelter. Deciding the community needed an annual Turkey Trot, Bo and Patty vowed to get to work on this annual event for the benefit of the local animal shelter. Almost 10 years later, in 2015, the event boomed with over 1,000 entrants and raised $25,000.00 for Little Victories Animal Shelter. Later, they raised $30.000.00 for the shelter, and, even in the midst of the pandemic and with a virtual fundraiser, the Turkey Trot was able to raise $8,000.00 this past year. Bo and Patty, along with their son, Chip, and a slew of volunteers, make this wonderful event happen every year.
"The Turkey Trot taught us that when you happen onto something great, make the most of it. We had no idea how popular a Thanksgiving race would become, but we soon capitalized on the trend. Now thousands of participants in our community enjoy gathering on Thanksgiving morning for fellowship and health and to benefit animals in need." Bo and Patty are proud that the Turkey Trot is now a family tradition, not only within their own family, but with so many in their community. Bo and Patty's family replaces Thanksgiving preparation the evening prior with packet pick-up and handing out t-shirts and numbers. Thanksgiving morning is spent excitedly preparing for the event and preparing for what feels like a party and a reunion for those attending. Following each race, awards are given which normally consist of Butterball turkeys and pumpkin pies. Donated bags of pet food are then delivered to the shelter.
Bo and Patty also have a soft spot for the students in their community. Long before COVID and school closures, Patty and Bo recognized that many students depend on schools for the two meals each day when school is in session. Starting with a grassroots food drive effort with area law firms in stocking pantries at Huntington High School and its feeder schools, they later merged efforts with Jenkins Fenstermaker and the Cabell County Bar Association. The CCBA and its members had regularly donated $4,000 in non-perishable food and hygiene products to the Huntington High School food pantry before the students would leave for the holiday break. Patty and Bo hope to increase efforts to combat food insecurity by expanding the food drive to the Spring and Summer breaks.
We absolutely LOVE our Valentine's Day Couple! Thank you for for being MORE Than A Lawyer. Your community and your Bar are grateful! Bo and Patty reside in Huntington with their 5 dogs and 2 cats. They were nominated by @Sarah Walling who is an attorney with Jenkins Fenstermaker and is now co-director of the Turkey Trot.
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