Bar Blast – February 6, 2018

February 6, 2018
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Updated Privacy Related Legal Resources
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

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.

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 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
Public Comment

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.
Upcoming Events

February 9, 2018
Defending the Rights of Your Intellectually Disabled Client
Host: Public Defender Services

Location: Fairmont State University

For more information click here
Contact Pamela Clark with any questions at

February 15, 2018
“A Conversation with Joanna Tabit”
CLE-WV Credits Pending
Host: Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Location: Blennerhassett Hotel, Parkersburg, WV
Visit for more information.

Save the Date: March 8, 2018
10:00AM-1:00PM CLE Webinar
IT Security for a Small Firm, Marketing for a Small Firm, and Video Conferencing for a Small Firm
CLE- 3 hours in Law office Management
Location: State Bar Center, Charleston, WV and broadcast online via video conference

March 23, 2018
West Virginia Bankruptcy Seminar
United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia and the Bankruptcy Law Section of the West Virginia State Bar
Location: Marriott Town Center, Charleston, WV
Click here for the agenda.
Contact Lisa McNeil at 304-234-4003 or with questions.

April 8-9, 2018
West Virginia State Bar’s 2018 Annual Gathering at the Greenbrier
6-Hours CLE Credit

April 20, 2018
Family Law CLE
Kanawha County Family Law Bench-Bar Committee
Location: India Center in Southridge
Please email Lyne Ranson at with any questions.

Save the Date: May 18, 2018
Mountain State Bar Association Annual CLE
6 Hours CLE Credti
Location: Shepherdstown, WV
Registration begins April 1, 2018
Contact Cheryl Henderson at 304-523-5732 with questions.

June 13-14, 2018
Basic Mediation Training
State Bar ADR Committee

 Days Hotel, Flatwoods

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.
For more information and to register for the event, click

Click here for a copy of the agenda.

Save the Date: June 14-15, 2018
2018 Annual Indigent Defense Conference
Host: Public Defender Services
Location: Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV

Save the Date: June 28, 2018
Hot Topics for Government Lawyers
Host: Government Lawyers Committee
Location: West Virginia House of Delegates Chamber* State Capitol Complex, Charleston, WV
*In the event the Legislature is in session, the seminar will be held in the Capitol Room of the State Training Center.
Contact Martha Hill at with any questions.

Save the Date: July 11, 2018
Advanced Mediation Training
State Bar ADR Committee
Location: Bridgeport Conference Center