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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 www.governor.wv.govFor 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. legaldirectories.com.
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.
January 23, 2018–10:00AM
Colleagues Under the Influence: Licensure and the Impaired Lawyer CLE Webinar
Host: ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.
Do attorneys that you know, employ, or practice with seem to be struggling with substance abuse?
Do you Need Ethics/Substance Abuse CLE Credits?
If the answer to either question is YES, please click here to register.
*Contact Amber Hanna, WVJLAP Program Coordinator, at email@example.com for further information.
January 24, 2018–1:00PM
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.
Thank you to all speaker at the Advanced Mediation Training in Bridgeport on July 29, 2021. Kwame Christian, M. A. Esq., American Negotiation Institute, LLC, gave a great presentation on "Moving Through Mediation." He is pictured during his presentation and with past President Monica Nassif Haddad. Also in attendance and pictured below are past Bar Presidents Robert M. Steptoe, Jr., Debra H. Scudiere, Elliot G. Hicks, Monica Nassif Haddad, and Judge Michael J. Aloi. ... See MoreSee Less
The WV State Bar is pleased to announce this month’s MoreThanALawyer recipient, Duane Ruggier, a litigation attorney with Pullin Fowler Flanagan Brown & Poe, PLLC in Charleston, who has relentlessly advocated for a more accessible West Virginia to those challenged with a physical handicap. Duane was nominated by Vic Flanagan and Monica Nassif Haddad. Read below for Duane’s inspiring story.***************************************************************************Duane Ruggier was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his first year of law school in 1995. Duane, a high school athlete in basketball, soccer and tennis, went from walking and running normally to “walking the walls” and then using a cane, a walking rollator and now, a power chair. Despite his diagnosis, Duane continued to be a strong advocate for maintaining an active and productive lifestyle despite one’s disability. “I have never thought that things get better by just sitting on the couch worrying about your problems. I have always believed that it is better for you, your family and your State to get up and go to work no matter what your particular malady is.” Duane has devoted significant time and effort to the National MS Society and in making West Virginia more accessible to his fellow disabled individuals. “Though I knew that I had to first provide for my family, it was also important for me to help those with MS and to make our State more accessible to all individuals. If you are not in a wheelchair then you just can’t understand that a three-inch curb might as well be 10 feet high or that a bathroom without grab bars prevents you from using the bathroom or that having to park at the back of the parking lot is too far of a distance to actually make it to the courthouse.” Duane’s practice requires him to travel throughout the State, exposing him to many courthouses and businesses. “Wherever I go I try to make a positive change if I can.” With Duane’s advocacy he has been able to bring about changes to facilities such as courthouses, hotels, restaurants, schools and shopping centers including handicapped parking spaces at the Federal Courthouse in Charleston, the Harrison County Courthouse, Hurricane Middle School, Hurricane City Hall, CAMC General and at convenience stores, hotels and law firms around the state. He was also pivotal in creating handicapped bathrooms at the West Virginia Supreme Court, the West Virginia State Bar, CAMC Teays Valley, Logan County Courthouse, and in many law firms and restaurants. Duane is relentless in his quest for accessibility for the handicapped. Duane also serves on the West Virginia Access to Justice Committee where he has assisted with garnering over $500,000 in ADA improvements to West Virginia courthouses. Dan Kimble, Director of the WV Access to Justice Commission, praises Duane: “As a member of the Access to Justice Commission, Duane has been invaluable in helping the Commission members, WVU College of Law students, government officials and the public, gain awareness to the barriers that limit the full potential of those with handicapping conditions. The great thing about Duane is that he doesn’t just see the barriers; he goes through them!” As a member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Multiple Sclerosis Society, Duane is a frequent speaker and advocate regarding Multiple Sclerosis. With the assistance of his law firm, he has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the MS Society with their involvement in the MS 150 Bike Race, Dinner of Champions, MS Art Auction and the Women on the Move Luncheon. In 2015, the Inaugural Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament was first held at the Berry Hills Golf Club in Charleston, WV with all proceeds from the tournament going to benefit the MS Society. The annual tournament is supported by attorneys from all across the State of West Virginia from both the Plaintiff and Defense bars and hosts golfers from as far away as California and Texas and even Sweden. This year’s Sixth Annual Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament will be held at the Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country Club in Teays Valley, WV on October 11, 2021. Please contact Duane if you are interested in participating or sponsoring at firstname.lastname@example.org.Duane resides in Hurricane with his wife, Jennifer. He is grateful for the support of his wife and children, Duane III, Anthony, Isabella, Gabriel and Hannah. “When you have MS, the entire family has MS, and I am more than blessed to have an entire family behind me.” Thank you Duane, for your relentless advocacy improving the quality of life and ensuring the legal rights of those challenged by disability and for being so much More Than A Lawyer.*****************************************************************************What is our MoreThanALawyer campaign all about? It highlights all the ways West Virginia’s attorneys impact lives within and outside of their profession. West Virginia's lawyers are service members, volunteers, mentors, coaches, musicians and committed advocates. In all of these roles, they make a difference in their community. Each month we share a MoreThanALawyer story on West Virginia State Bar’s Facebook and Twitter pages. ... See MoreSee Less