Bar Blast – January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017
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New Version of Fastcase Available
The West Virginia State Bar is proud to announce that Fastcase 7 is now available to all members. New features include searching across all source types, improved Forecite, bottomless search results, and more. Members still have access to the “classical” version of Fastcase. Go to

2017 Interest Rate
An Administrative Order was entered by Chief Justice Loughry establishing seven percent 7.00% as the rate of interest for calendar year 2017 for judgments and decrees entered on or after January 1, 2017.

Click here for a copy of the Administrative Order

ABA Pro Bono Survey
The Access to Justice Commission of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the West Virginia State Bar, the West Virginia University College of Law, and Legal Aid of West Virginia have been working with the American Bar Association to identify barriers experienced by West Virginians in the civil justice system.  These four groups are working together to evaluate and foster development of pro bono service efforts in our State.   Recognizing that lawyers often provide legal assistance at little, or no, charge, we would like to hear from you about your pro bono experiences and obtain your thoughts on pro bono service.  Your responses will enable us to identify strategies for expanding pro bono legal services in our State.
Click Here to Take the Survey. The deadline for the survey is: January 30, 2017.

Veterans Legal Assistance – Lawyer Referral Service
The Veterans and Military Affairs Committee is looking for practitioners who are interested in being included in the Bar’s online Lawyer Referral Service on matters included under the general topic of “Veterans’ Legal Assistance.”  If you would like to be included, please click here to register.  If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact Committee Co-Chairperson Lew Brewer at (321) 543-3936 or

Parkersburg is hosting TLC each Tuesday 
in March 2017

Tuesday Legal Connect (TLC) takes place every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We need 3 pro bono attorneys on each Tuesday in March to take phone calls from the general public about basic legal issues and give out general legal information (not advice or representation) for which you get pro bono hours. We provide dinner and brief training on how the program runs, and what to expect thirty minutes prior to phones starting to ring at 6:00 so you will be prepared.

Please come to 327 Ninth Street, Parkersburg, WV where Legal Aid of West Virginia is hosting Tuesday Legal Connect. Please Call (304-485-7522 x 2914) or email ( to sign up.

Notice of Proposed Amendments to the Local Rules for Civil Procedure Opportunity for Public Comment
The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia has completed a draft of proposed amendments to the Local Rules of Civil Procedure. A redline version and related documents have been published on the Court’s website at The Court invites your comments through Monday, January 23, 2017. Please be advised that following a review of all comments received, the Court anticipates adoption of the proposed rules with an effective date of February 1, 2017. Note: Proposed Revisions to the Criminal Rules are being developed but will be published for comment at a later time.
Please send your specific comments, concerns or suggestions, along with your name, e-mail address and telephone number, to Teresa L. Deppner, Clerk of the U. S. District Court, at, or in writing to Post Office Box 2546, Charleston, WV 25329.
Upcoming Events

January 23, 2017
Guardian Ad Litem: Child Abuse and Neglect Training
Charleston Marriott Town Center in Charleston, WV.
Sponsor: West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
CLE: 8.1 credits .9 are considered Office Management

January 24, 2017
Guardian Ad Litem: Family Court Training
Charleston Marriott Town Center in Charleston, WV.
Sponsor: West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
CLE: 8 credits

February 9, 2017 – 9a.m.-12:00p.m.
Fundamentals of Family Law
FREE CLE (Registration is Required)

WV State Bar Center & Online
Sponsor: WV State Bar Family Law Committee
CLE: 3.6 Credits

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