Citizen Soldier, Young Lawyer and Mentor of the Year Nominations
Nominations for Citizen Soldier, Young Lawyer and Mentor of the Year are due no later than March 6, 2017.
Citizen Soldier Nominations:
The 2017 Citizen Soldier Award will be presented at the 2017 Annual Gathering of The West Virginia State Bar at the Charleston Marriott. To obtain information regarding the awards process click here.
Young Lawyer of the Year Nominations
The 2017 Young Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented at the 2017 Annual Gathering. To obtain information regarding the awards process click here.
Mentor of the Year Nominations
The 2017 Mentor of the Year Award will be presented at the 2017 Annual Gathering. To obtain information regarding the awards process click here.
WV Lawyer Assistance Program Website
The West Virginia Lawyer Assistance Program is pleased to announce the launch of www.wvlap.org. The new website provides confidential information regarding services for Attorneys, Judges, Bar Applicants and Law Students who may be struggling with issues such as aging, retirement, stress, anxiety, burnout, work/life balance, depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, codependency, compulsive behavior, grief, trauma or any other mental/physical/emotional health disorders. The website also provides links to services related to education, consultation, assessment, intervention, healthcare, crisis management, law office management, monitoring and peer support.
Increased Security Requirements Coming to
State Bar Membership Portal
The West Virginia State Bar will be increasing password security requirements from 8 to 12 characters in the near future. General security standards require people to change their passwords regularly with specific character requirements in order to keep their account as secure as possible. The move is needed to protect the State Bar and its members from the rash of hacks that have occurred to large organizations. Prior to July 1, each Bar member will be prompted to update his or her password upon login if it does not meet our security requirements. Additional information will be forthcoming before changes take effect.
25th Family Court Circuit Vacancy
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 25th Family Court Circuit serving Hardy, Grant and Pendleton Counties. Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 13, 2017. The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is March 20, 2017. Applications and instructions are available at www.governor.wv.gov. For more information about the application process, please call Manda Bickoff at 304-558-2000. Interviews will be held in Charleston on April 4, 2017. Click Here for the Application Form
Judge Neil Gorsuch, Nominee of the Supreme Court of The United States
In his role as State Bar President, John McGhee has received a request from the American Bar Association to comment on Nominee Gorsuch. President McGhee does not personally know Judge Gorsuch but believes some members of the West Virginia State Bar may have had occasion to interact with him. If you have personal knowledge of Judge Gorsuch’s professional qualifications, please contact President McGhee at 304-344-8900 or firstname.lastname@example.org. President McGhee will pass any information he receives to the American Bar Association.
Legal Aid Wants Your Ideas: Brief Survey
What kinds of cases and problems do you feel Legal Aid of West Virginia should be handling? We are developing a new Strategic Plan to guide our work over the next several years. We are asking lawyers and judges to complete a short (just 5 questions!) online survey. Click the link below to start the survey. It should not take more than 5 minutes to finish.
Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bruce Perrone at Legal Aid of West Virginia, 304-343-4481 ext. 2127 or email email@example.com.
2017 State Bar Membership Directory
The 2017 edition of the membership directory will be available online at no cost to members soon. To purchase a paper version click here for the order form.
Legal Ethics Opinion: L.E.O. 2017 – Public Comment
The Lawyer Disciplinary Board is soliciting public comments on the following Legal Ethics Opinion: L.E.O. 2017-__ entitled “FACT WITNESS COMPENSATION”.
Deadline for submissions: April 7, 2017. Click Here for More Information
April 2-3, 2017
The West Virginia State Bar Annual Conference & Meeting
Location: The Charleston Marriott Town Center – Charleston, WV
CLE: 6.1 credits. including 2 credits in Law Office Management and Substance Abuse
Legal Research in the 21st Century – Christina Steinbrecker Jack, Fastcase
Reflecting on Environmental Enforcement: The Advent of Mega Cases – John Cruden, Former Assistant Attorney General US Environment and Natural Resources Division
An update from the ABA – Linda Klein, President of the American Bar Association
Criminal Law – Professor Douglas Berman, Professor – Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University
An Introduction to the New Era of Lawyer Assistance Program – Robert Albury, Jr, Director WV Lawyer Assistance Program
A Panel Discussion of Practicing Law in WV from the perspective of Women Attorneys – Judge Stephanie Thacker, United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals;Justice Elizabeth Walker, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia; Cheryle Hall, West Virginia Court of Claims; Dina M. Mohler, Office of General Counsel, Charleston Area Medical Center
This time of year we are especially thankful for our attorneys who have always given back to their communities. This month’s MoreThanALawyer Natalie Sal exemplifies the best in West Virginia attorneys with her generous giving of her time in both her legal practice and her private life. Read more about our Thanksgiving MoreThanALawyer below. ********************************************************************* Community service and engagement have always been a priority in Natalie Sal’s life. She and her Morgantown firm Sal Sellaro Culpepper Legal Group routinely provide pro bono legal services for clients of the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC), WV Legal Aid, and WV Bar’s Legal Connect, and they have received multiple awards in recognition of their many years of pro bono service. Passionate about helping children and families, Natalie has served as a member of the West Virginia Court Improvement Oversight Board (charged with working state-wide to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system) and frequently presents at continuing legal education conferences statewide on issues relating to child welfare.
Natalie’s philosophy – that the generous sharing of our time and talents is essential for our community to thrive – has been every bit as much a driving force in her private life. She is on the Board of Directors of Christian Help, a local nonprofit providing necessities and services to area residents, and is a consultant for The Pantry Plus More, another local nonprofit whose mission is to help provide food, clothing, and other necessities to school-aged children. Natalie spent over 18 years as a frequent volunteer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, providing both extensive on-air volunteer assistance and off-air support for television and radio fund drives. She encourages others to become involved with the various community organizations and efforts addressing the challenges facing families in West Virginia, believing that, "Our collective wisdom is so much greater than that of any one of us alone."
As a mother of two amazing children (and volunteers-in-training), Natalie is an extremely active volunteer and fundraiser for Morgantown Learning Academy, her children’s nonprofit school, and serves on the affiliated Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Advisory Board that oversees the unique Mountain SOL outdoor education program. With a deep love of science and an engineering background, Natalie and her husband also promote science engagement and education for children in the community. From her daily social media “Cool Science Fact” to coaching FIRST Lego Robotics to providing occasional hands-on science exhibitions at area schools and daycare programs, Natalie encourages adults and children alike to get involved and to “Play science!”
Thank you, Natalie, for your dedication to pro bono service and to these volunteer organizations and the families they serve. You make us proud! ****************************************************** 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