The Bar is pleased to announce that it has secured the movie
Dark Waters for a complimentary screening during the 2020 Annual Meeting. Dark Waters will be shown on Sunday, April 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the Greenbrier Resort’s theater. Harry Deitzler, former Bar President and counsel for the plaintiffs, will give a brief presentation prior to the start of the movie and answer questions afterward.
AND THE WINNERS ARE . . . .
We are proud to announce that the West Virginia State Bar beat the Arkansas Bar Association, as the overall winner of the
Clown Cartoon Contest, with the caption “Your Honor, may I approach the witness?” Congratulations to James W. Davis, Jr. and Thomas Kirk who submitted the identical caption and are the winners. An honorable mention goes to Todd Mount with his entry “Permission to approach the witness?“
Welcome to WELLNESS WEDNESDAY! Beginning in February, WVJLAP will be hosting a column providing suggestions on articles, activities and events promoting wellness. Visit wvjlap.org or
The CLE reporting is to be completed electronically using the web-based membership portal at www.mywvbar.org. A minimum of 24 credits, including at least 3 credits on legal ethics, law office management, attorney well-being or elimination of bias must be reported. Below are some basic helpful hints to get you started.
Make sure you know your username and password for the online portal. You can request a new password from the login screen.
Check your current CLE transcript for accuracy. Once you are logged in to the portal, go to the “CLE” tab and choose “My CLE Transcript” from the dropdown menu.
If you have already attended/completed a CLE course for the 2018-2020 reporting period – report it now and do not wait until the reporting deadline.
Confirm any pending attendance credits that have been reported by a CLE provider and appear on the bottom of your transcript waiting for your approval.
2020 State Bar Membership Directory
and The Virginias Legal Directory
See below for pre-order information and forms for the 2020 edition of the West Virginia State Bar’s membership directory and the Virginias Legal Directory.
Facility Details: Due to limited space at the State Bar Center, live registration is limited to 35 attendees at The State Bar Center. There is unlimited capacity for attendees attending via video conferencing. If you do not receive a confirmation of registration, you will only be able to attend this seminar via video conference.
If you are unable to use the stairs from the first floor to the lower level, please drive down the driveway on the left-side of the Bar Center and enter the building at the bottom of the driveway. There are also handicap accessible restrooms available. If you need other assistance, please contact the State Bar 304-553-7220, in advance of the meeting, so arrangements can be made.
APRIL 3, 2020 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Family Law CLE
Host: Kanawha County Family Law Bench Bar Committee
Location: Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
CLE: 8.9 hours – including 1.1 credits in law office management.
Early bird special low rate extended to February 15, 2020. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Charleston Marriott has a block of rooms being held for the April 3 CLE at the low rate of $96 per night plus tax and fees. Rates available for April 2nd and 3rd. CALL as soon as possible to guarantee your room. (304)-345-6500
Only Members Admitted after July 1, 2018 or Attorneys admitted prior to July 1, 2018, who have not previously completed the Bridge the Gap requirements, may attend the live course and satisfy the mandatory Bridge the Gap requirements.
Annual 2020 Court Improvement Program
March 31, 2020 – Bridgeport Conference Center, Bridgeport, WV
April 2, 2020 – Mountain Health Center, Huntington, WV
April 6, 2020 – Tamarack, Beckley, WV
Please note that the training sessions are one day only.
Location: The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV
CLE: 6.5 hours including 4.5 ethics/law office management/attorney wellbeing/elimination of bias. (Monday, April 6 – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Cost: $150 – CLE Program
A block of hotel rooms are reserved at The Greenbrier Resort, White Sulpher Springs, and The Hampton Inn, Lewisburg, at a discounted rate. To receive the discounted rate, inform The Greenbrier or Hampton Inn that you are attending the West Virginia State Bar’s event and use Code WVSB2020 when making your reservation.
The Greenbrier Resort – $189 per night + resort fees, historic preservation fee, and applicable taxes (Nights of April 3-6, 2020). Reservations: 855-441-2078. Mention Code WVSB2020.
The Hampton Inn – One night only (April 5, 2020) at $124 per night + applicable taxes. The last day to make your room reservation is March 22, 2020. Reservations: 304-645-7300. Mention Code WVSB2020.
State Bar Members who are employed as Federal/State Public Defenders, Federal/State Court Law Clerks, and with Legal Aid of WV are offered a special discounted rate for the CLE presentation on April 6. CLICK HERE for more information.
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This month’s MoreThanALawyer story comes from Williamson-based attorney Jim Pajarillo whose love of music is transforming his community with @The Art Brigade: #LoveWilliamson. Jim was nominated by Attorney Teresa Charolette McCune
************************ Like many in our profession, Jim Pajarillo has a love of the arts and particularly, live music. After living in California for 17 years, Jim returned to his roots to practice law in his hometown of Williamson, WV. He brought with him his passion for the arts and soon helped create The Art Brigade, promoting, supporting, and celebrating the arts in the Tug Valley Region. Through the Art Brigade and Jim’s efforts, Williamson has seen Pop Up Art Galleries, monthly jazz nights, a shadow cast performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show, murder mystery dinners and monthly Open Mic Nights at Starters Sports Bar in downtown Williamson. Jim was also instrumental in forming WillCon, Williamson’s annual Pop Culture Convention with more than 3,000 in attendance last year. Jim is a board member of the Tug Valley Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, promoting seasonal festivals, Dirt Days, SpookFest, the Love Williamson Celebration and the upcoming Williamson Pepperoni Roll Festival. Jim’s work in the arts has resulted in his becoming a West Virginia Cohort for the AIR Institute of Berea College and the recipient of the “Star Change Maker” award from the organization Create Your State. The picture below is from Classical Pianist Miki Sawada’s tour stop in Williamson where more than 100 folks came to listen to his music.
It’s fair to say that Jim’s return to his hometown has resulted in a much livelier music and art scene for the area. Thanks, Jim, for being 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. Monica Nassif Haddad ... See MoreSee Less
Fastcase Marketing has issued the following COVID-19 response. Fastcase has worked to gather free legal resources from many of its peer organizations and peer publishers to gather relevant resources that could be helpful during these times. These will all be available at www.Fastcase.com/covid19 . The marketing that is being supplied for this period will be modified from its traditional one or two month period and will be available for 2 weeks. Fastcase is planning to distribute additional content on April 6th that will run for the following 2 weeks. Because this situation is extremely fluid Fastcase want to be sure to share the most relevant and helpful information. Within the content page are links to several pages that have come across the Fastcase inbox over the last few days including the California Lawyers Association, The Florida Bar and The State Bar of Texas. ... See MoreSee Less