Pursuant to an Order issued by the Supreme Court in December 2019, approving the State Bar’s Administrative Rules, a list of fees has been posted to the State Bar’s website. Click here to view a complete list of State Bar’s fees. Click here to view a complete list of fees.
The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia entered an Order, on December 30, 2019, Approving and Adopting the
Revisions to the Governance Documents of the West Virginia State Bar – West Virginia State Bar Constitution, West Virginia State Bar Bylaws, West Virginia State Bar Administrative Rules, and Definition of the Practice of Law
During the next few months, The State Bar will hold several short informational seminars to familiarize members with the revised Bylaws.
Two-Year CLE Reporting Period Ends June 30, 2020
The CLE reporting is to be completed electronically using the web-based membership portal at www.mywvbar.org. A minimum of 24 credits, including at least 3 credits on legal ethics, law office management, attorney well-being or elimination of bias must be reported. Below are some basic helpful hints to get you started.
Make sure you know your username and password for the online portal. You can request a new password from the login screen.
Check your current CLE transcript for accuracy. Once you are logged in to the portal, go to the “CLE” tab and choose “My CLE Transcript” from the dropdown menu.
If you have already attended/completed a CLE course for the 2018-2020 reporting period – report it now and do not wait until the reporting deadline.
Confirm any pending attendance credits that have been reported by a CLE provider and appear on the bottom of your transcript waiting for your approval.
IN ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS
On September 3, 2015, public hearings were held before the State Bar’s Unlawful Practice of Law (UPL) Committee on concerns that had been received regarding non-lawyers representing claimants before state administrative agencies. In July 2018, the UPL Committee submitted a report to the West Virginia Supreme Court regarding the Committee’s findings on non-lawyer representation of claimants in various administrative proceedings. By letter dated November 19, 2019, the Supreme Court declined to adopt the recommendations in the report citing the statutory authority for non-lawyers to represent individuals before various state administrative agencies. The Court advised that, absent an actual case or controversy being presented before the Court, the Court would not entertain a challenge to the statutory authority.
The State Bar will make the report and Supreme Court response available upon written request to Anita R Casey, Executive Director, The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Blvd., Charleston, WV 25311.
Interest Rate for 2020
The Administrative Office of The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has set the interest rate at 4.75 percent for judgments and decrees entered during the 2020 calendar year.
Host: The WV State Bar – Intellectual Property Committee
Location: The State Bar Center, Large Conference Room, Charleston, West Virginia and via video conference.
CLE: 3 hours
Registration and more information coming soon.
Facility Details: Due to limited space at the State Bar Center, live registration is limited to 35 attendees at The State Bar Center. There is unlimited capacity for attendees attending via video conferencing. If you do not receive a confirmation of registration, you will only be able to attend this seminar via video conference.
If you are unable to use the stairs from the first floor to the lower level, please drive down the driveway on the left-side of the Bar Center and enter the building at the bottom of the driveway. There are also handicap accessible restrooms available. If you need other assistance, please contact the State Bar 304-553-7220, in advance of the meeting, so arrangements can be made.
Save the Date:
APRIL 3, 2020 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Family Law CLE
Host: Kanawha County Family Law Bench Bar Committee
Location: Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
CLE: 8.9 hours – including 1.1 credits in law office management.
APRIL 5-6, 2020
West Virginia State Bar’s 2020 Annual Meeting
Location: The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV
CLE: 6 hours (Monday, April 6, 2020 – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Cost: $150 – CLE Program
A block of hotel rooms are reserved at The Greenbrier Resort, White Sulpher Springs, and The Hampton Inn, Lewisburg, at a discounted rate. To receive the discounted rate, inform The Greenbrier or Hampton Inn that you are attending the West Virginia State Bar’s event and use Code WVSB2020 when making your reservation.
The Greenbrier Resort – $189 per night + resort fees, historic preservation fee, and applicable taxes (Nights of April 3-6, 2020). Reservations: 855-441-2078. Mention Code WVSB2020.
The Hampton Inn – One night only (April 5, 2020) at $124 per night + applicable taxes. The last day to make your room reservation is March 22, 2020. Reservations: 304-645-7300. Mention Code WVSB2020.
State Bar Members who are employed with Public Defender Services, Legal Aid of WV and are Federal/State Court Law Clerks we are offering a special discounted rate for the presentations on April 6 CLICK HERE for more information.
SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 17-19, 2020
The 2020 WVJLAP Annual Conference & Retreat
Location: Stonewall Resort, Roanoke WV
Registration information will be provided at a later date
SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 17 AND 18, 2020
The West Virginia State Bar
Basic Mediation Training
Location: Flatwoods, West Virginia
Registration and more information coming soon.
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This time of year we are especially thankful for our attorneys who have always given back to their communities. This month’s MoreThanALawyer Natalie Sal exemplifies the best in West Virginia attorneys with her generous giving of her time in both her legal practice and her private life. Read more about our Thanksgiving MoreThanALawyer below. ********************************************************************* Community service and engagement have always been a priority in Natalie Sal’s life. She and her Morgantown firm Sal Sellaro Culpepper Legal Group routinely provide pro bono legal services for clients of the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC), WV Legal Aid, and WV Bar’s Legal Connect, and they have received multiple awards in recognition of their many years of pro bono service. Passionate about helping children and families, Natalie has served as a member of the West Virginia Court Improvement Oversight Board (charged with working state-wide to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system) and frequently presents at continuing legal education conferences statewide on issues relating to child welfare.
Natalie’s philosophy – that the generous sharing of our time and talents is essential for our community to thrive – has been every bit as much a driving force in her private life. She is on the Board of Directors of Christian Help, a local nonprofit providing necessities and services to area residents, and is a consultant for The Pantry Plus More, another local nonprofit whose mission is to help provide food, clothing, and other necessities to school-aged children. Natalie spent over 18 years as a frequent volunteer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, providing both extensive on-air volunteer assistance and off-air support for television and radio fund drives. She encourages others to become involved with the various community organizations and efforts addressing the challenges facing families in West Virginia, believing that, "Our collective wisdom is so much greater than that of any one of us alone."
As a mother of two amazing children (and volunteers-in-training), Natalie is an extremely active volunteer and fundraiser for Morgantown Learning Academy, her children’s nonprofit school, and serves on the affiliated Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Advisory Board that oversees the unique Mountain SOL outdoor education program. With a deep love of science and an engineering background, Natalie and her husband also promote science engagement and education for children in the community. From her daily social media “Cool Science Fact” to coaching FIRST Lego Robotics to providing occasional hands-on science exhibitions at area schools and daycare programs, Natalie encourages adults and children alike to get involved and to “Play science!”
Thank you, Natalie, for your dedication to pro bono service and to these volunteer organizations and the families they serve. You make us proud! ****************************************************** 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