Bar Blast – January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018
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LCLD Networking Reception and Panel Discussion
Join the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, the WVU College of Law, and the West Virginia State Bar at the WVU College of Law on January 22, 2018-5:30-7:00PM- as we connect with other law industry leaders and launch the 2017-2018 1L Mentoring Program. The evening will include networking, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. To RSVP, click here.

Public Notice for Reappointment of Incumbent Magistrate Judge
The current term of office of US Magistrate Judge, Cheryl A. Eifert, at Huntington, West Virginia, is due to expire on August 31, 2018. The US District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight year term. Comments are invited from members of the bar and the public as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court. Comments should be directed to:
W. Michael Frazier, Esquire
Chair of the Merit Selection Panel
Frazier, Oxley & Proctor L.C.
401 10th Street
Huntington, WV 25701

Senior Staff Attorney, Office of the Clerk Position Announcement
The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia seeks an attorney to be employed in the Office of the Clerk for a full-time position. The attorney will be expected to assist the Clerk of Court with various aspects of the clerk’s office operations, including case management, records management, opinion and order processing, publications management, and other matters as assigned by the Clerk. The Office of the Clerk provides guidance and direction to the public and members of the Bar, and renders legal analysis with regard to procedural rules, lawyer admission and disciplinary matters. Click here for further details and to access the application.

Eighteenth and Twenty-third 

 Judicial Circuit Vacancies
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancies on the 18th Judicial Circuit Court serving Preston County and the 23rd Judicial Circuit Court serving Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties. Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 24, 2018.  The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is January 31, 2018. Applications and instructions are available at For more information about the application process, please call Manda Bickoff at 304-558-2000.  Interviews will be held in Charleston on Thursday, February 15, 2018 and Friday, February 16, 2018, if necessary.

Inmate Legal Mail Policy Change
A special alphanumeric code that changes each business day is now required on all legal (privileged) mail sent to inmates or residents at Division of Corrections, Regional Jail Authority, and Division of Juvenile Services facilities. To comply with this policy, attorneys must be on the Public Defender Services email list. Questions about this policy can be directed to Stacy Nowicki-Eldridge, Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety at 304-558-2930 or DMAPS has also issued a press release announcing the policy. Click here to view the press release.

Interest Rate Change
The Administrative Office of The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has set the interest rate at 4.5 percent for judgments and decrees entered during the 2018 calendar year. Click here to view the order.

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.
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

January 18-19, 2018
15.6 CLE Hours
2018 Mid-Winter Convention and Seminar
Host: West Virginia Association for Justice
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel-Charleston, WV

January 24, 2018
3-Hours credit-Law office Management
Host: West Virginia State Bar
Location: Bowles, Rice office in Martinsburg (only physical location) and broadcast statewide via video conference.

January 25, 2018–11:00AM
Family Law Committee Meeting
3-Hours credit-Law office Management
Host: West Virginia State Bar Family Law Committee
Location: State Bar Center, Charleston, WV

Save the Date: March 8-10, 2018
WVU Law Energy Moot Court Competition
WVU Law’s eighth annual National Energy Moot Court Competition is being held March 8-10, 2018 in Morgantown.
Contact James Jolly at for more information.

Save the Date: 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

Save the Date: 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: June 13-14, 2018
Basic Mediation Training
State Bar ADR Committee

 Days Hotel, Flatwoods

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

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