The State Bar’s Legal Outreach Committee wishes to recognize the ABA Free Legal Answers 2018 Pro Bono Leaders. On January 24, 2019 the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, awarded Dawn White of Berkeley Springs, WV and Nigel Jeffries of Charleston, WV as ABA Free Legal Answers 2018 Pro Bono Leaders.
The Committee presents this annual recognition to individual attorneys, law firms, and law departments tha have provided extraordinary pro bono services through West Virginia Free Legal Answers. Both attorneys each individually answered more than 100 civil legal questions in the 2018 calendar year. Through their exceptional pro bono assistance they are helping ensure that the low income community is receiving the legal help they need.
If you are interested in participating as an attorney with WV Free Legal Answers Click Here
To refer someone in need of legal assistance through West Virginia Free Legal Answers Click Here
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.
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 www.lawv.net.
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.
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
Kandi.Greter@courtswv.gov 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
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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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