Bar Blast – January 22, 2019

January 22, 2019
Dear West Virginia State Bar Member,
We would like fifteen minutes of your time. Your input regarding The West Virginia State Bar is critical to our upcoming strategic planning process. We’d like to better understand the benefits and services you value the most, the challenges you face, and the ways in which the bar can better serve you. Your responses to this survey are confidential and will be compiled and analyzed by the ABA Division for Bar Services. Should you have any questions about the survey or need help completing it, please contact Jennifer Lewin at 312.988.5361 or
You can access the survey here:
If you need to exit the survey before completing it, you may return at any time by clicking the original survey link. Doing so will take you to the point in the survey where you left. The survey should take approximately fifteen minutes to complete.
The deadline for responding is Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
Thank you very much for your cooperation.
Frederick M. Dean Rohrig – President, The West Virginia State Bar
Anita Casey – Executive Director, The West Virginia State Bar
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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.

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.

Legal Aid is Hosting Statewide Family Law Clinics
Legal Aid of West Virginia will host free Divorce and Custody/Custody Modification clinics in each of its 12 regional legal offices on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month in 2019, except December, which will only have clinics on the 13th. Divorce clinics will begin at 9 a.m.
Custody clinics will begin at 10 a.m.

Practicing West Virginia attorneys are encouraged to volunteer to teach one of the clinic sessions, with support from Legal Aid staff. Clinic volunteer opportunities are available in LAWV’s 12 regional offices: Beckley, Charleston, Clarksburg, Elkins, Huntington, Lewisburg, Logan, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Princeton, and Wheeling. Office addresses, where the clinics will be held, can be found online at
Attorneys are also encouraged to refer the public to the clinics. Potential attendees who have questions or want more information should call 866-255-4370.
For more information about how to get involved, please contact David Frercks at 304-343-3013 ext. 2138.

Upcoming Events

January 29, 2019
New Year, New Markets?
Sponsor: ABA Retirement Fund
Join us for a live webinar with Mercer as they update us on the state of the market for the New Year. We will review 2018, discuss the recent market volatility, as well as look forward to what 2019 has in store. CLE credit has not been approved for this seminar.

January 30, 2019: Day 1
Family Court Guardian ad Litem Training
January 31, 2019: Day 2
Child Abuse and Neglect Guardian ad Litem Training
Sponsor: Supreme Court of Appeals of WV
Location: Charleston Marriott Town Center

About: The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is sponsoring training this month for guardians ad litem in family court and child abuse/neglect cases. Completing this training will satisfy new requirements for both types of guardians ad litem.

For more information please contact:
Kandi Greter, CIP Education Coordinator or 304-340-2755

January 31 – February 1, 2019
2019 Mid-Winter Convention and Seminar
Sponsor: West Virginia Association for Justice
Location: Embassy Suites  – Charleston, WV
CLE: 15 CLE hours, including 3.0 in ethics and law office management

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

West Virginia State Bar’s 2019 Annual Meeting
Location: Embassy Suites  – Charleston, WV

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. 
More Information Coming Soon

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