Bar Blast – January 9, 2018

January 9, 2018
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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 For 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.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia is accepting applications for a full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge to serve the Wheeling point of holding court.  The term of office is eight years, subject to reappointment. The full position description and application form may be obtained from the Clerk’s offices in Clarksburg, Elkins, Martinsburg, or Wheeling and on the court’s website here. Applications must be submitted personally or by certified mail and received by January 12, 2018.
Applicants must submit an original and ten copies of the application in an envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL” to Cheryl Dean Riley, Clerk of Court, U.S. District Court,

1125 Chapline Street, P.O. Box 471, Wheeling WV 26003

Request for Public Comment
  The  United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has provisionally approved amendments

 to  its  Local  Rules  and  has  posted  them  for comment on its website (  and in paper form at each point of holding court in Clarksburg,
 Elkins,  Martinsburg,  and Wheeling.
Public comments on the proposed Local Rule amendments may be submitted to the Office of the Clerk, P.O. Box 471, Wheeling, WV 26003, until January 12, 2018

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 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.
Upcoming Events

January 18-19, 2018
15.6 CLE Hours
2018 Mid-Winter Convention and Seminar
Host: West Virginia Association for Justice
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel-Charleston, WV

January 24, 2018
3-Hours credit-Law office Management
Host: West Virginia State Bar
Location: Bowles, Rice office in Martinsburg and broadcast statewide via video conference.

January 25, 2018–11:00AM
Family Law Committee Meeting
3-Hours credit-Law office Management
Host: West Virginia State Bar Family Law Committee
Location: State Bar Center, Charleston, WV

Save the Date: March 8-10, 2018
WVU Law Energy Moot Court Competition
WVU Law’s eighth annual National Energy Moot Court Competition is being held March 8-10, 2018 in Morgantown.
Contact James Jolly at for more information.

April 8-9, 2018
West Virginia State Bar’s 2018 Annual Gathering at the Greenbrier
6-Hours CLE Credit

Save the Date: April 20, 2018
Family Law CLE
Kanawha County Family Law Bench-Bar Committee
Location: India Center in Southridge
Please email Lyne Ranson at with any questions.

Save the Date: June 13-14, 2018
Basic Mediation Training
State Bar ADR Committee

 Days Hotel, Flatwoods

Save the Date: June 14-15, 2018
2018 Annual Indigent Defense Conference
Host: Public Defender Services
Location: Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV

Save the Date: July 11, 2018
Advanced Mediation Training
State Bar ADR Committee
Location: Bridgeport Conference Center