Bar Blast – February 5, 2019

February 5, 2019
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West Virginia Free Legal Answers 2018 
Pro Bono Leaders
The State Bar’s Legal Outreach Committee wishes to recognize the ABA Free Legal Answers 2018 Pro Bono Leaders. On January 24, 2019 the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, awarded Dawn White of Berkeley Springs, WV and Nigel Jeffries of Charleston, WV as ABA Free Legal Answers 2018 Pro Bono Leaders.
The Committee presents this annual recognition to individual attorneys, law firms, and law departments tha have provided extraordinary pro bono services through West Virginia Free Legal Answers. Both attorneys each individually answered more than 100 civil legal questions in the 2018 calendar year. Through their exceptional pro bono assistance they are helping ensure that the low income community is receiving the legal help they need.
If you are interested in participating as an attorney with WV Free Legal Answers Click Here
To refer someone in need of legal assistance through West Virginia Free Legal Answers Click Here

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.

Nominations for Citizen Soldier, Young Lawyer and Mentor of the Year
Nominations for Citizen Soldier, Young Lawyer and Mentor of the Year must be received no later than 11:29 p.m. on February 11, 2019.
Citizen Soldier Nominations:
The 2019 Citizen Soldier Award will be presented at the 2019 State Bar Annual Meeting. To obtain information regarding the awards process click here.
Young Lawyer of the Year Nominations:
The 2019 Young Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented at the 2019 State Bar Annual Meeting. To obtain information regarding the awards process click here.
Mentor of the Year Nominations
The 2019 Mentor of the Year Award will be presented at the 2019 State Bar Annual Meeting. To obtain information regarding the awards process click here.

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

February 8, 2019 @ 11:30a.m.
WV State Bar Family Law Committee Meeting 
Location: The State Bar Center – Charleston, WV
For more information contact Lyne Ranson at Lyne@lynerandon.com

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 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

Save the Date: 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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