The deadline for Reporting and Fee payment is on or before midnight, September 1, 2017. For information on how to complete this process go to www.wvbar.org.
Keller Notice to State Bar Members
Members of The West Virginia State Bar are hereby notified of the plan which has been approved by the Board of Governors regarding the implementation of the decision of the United States Supreme Court in the case of Keller v. State Bar of California.The time schedule which will be followed on membership dues matters is available on the Bar’s website at www.mywvbar.org/feeguidelines. If any member has a question concerning this matter, contact Anita Casey at The West Virginia State Bar at 304-553-7228 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Tax Department Website Upgrades
The State Tax Department has made upgrades the their website which will provides more information for tax payers and tax practitioners. A new feature invites the public to join the Tax Commissioner’s Office Mail List. This will allow the office to send subscribers a “no response” email. The system is operational and has already been used to send out emails regarding four proposed legislative rules which are out for public comment and one announcing issuance of Administrative Notice 2017-2018, regarding the increase in the motor fuel excise tax that takes effect this month. Click here to visit the Tax Department website
Legal Aid Pro Bono Portal and Online Trainings
Legal Aid of West Virginia recently launched its Pro Bono Portal, which is a one-stop resource for pro bono attorneys who would like to volunteer to help low-income West Virginians. The Pro Bono Portal offers:
Six free Online Trainings, approved for 4.8 CLE credits;
The ability to update Legal Aid on pro bono cases you’ve already taken; and
The opportunity to view cases that need pro bono assistance in your area.
Click here to watch a short video about the Portal and Trainings. Once you’ve watched the video, we’d like to hear your feedback by taking a quick 3 question survey.
If you have any questions, please contact Kate White at email@example.com or 304-343-3013 ext. 2167.
23rd Judicial Circuit Vacancy:
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on 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 July 25, 2017. The deadline for submission of letters of recommendation or comment is August 4, 2017. For more information about the application process, please call Manda Bickoff at 304-558-2000. Interviews will be held in Charleston on August 22, 2017. Click here for the application and instructions.
Notice of Public Comment Period on Proposed Model Chapter 13 Plan for the United States Bankruptcy Court for Southern District of West Virginia
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia has drafted a proposed Model Chapter 13 Plan for use in the southern district of West Virginia. The proposed Chapter 13 Plan is available on the Bankruptcy Court’s website (www.wvsb.uscourts.gov) or can be requested by sending a written request with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to the Bankruptcy Clerk’s office address below. Public comments on the proposed Model Chapter 13 Plan will be accepted through Monday, August 17, 2017, and can be filed by emailing the comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing comments to the Bankruptcy Clerk’s office at:
WVSB Clerk’s Office, Room 3200
300 Virginia Street, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
Proposed Amendment to Rule 9 of the Rules for Admission to Practice of Law
The Supreme Court of Appeals is seeking comment on a proposed amendment to Rule 9.0 of the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law. Rule 9.0 of the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law governs limited permission to practice in association with an approved legal services organization or public defender program. The rule currently limits practice under this provision to a total of thirty-six months. The proposed amendment extends the time to five years, which would coincide with the time frame required for admission through reciprocity. Public comments on the proposed change to Rule 9 will be accepted through July 31, 2017.
Proposed Amendment to Rule 5 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure for Magistrate Courts
The Supreme Court of Appeals is seeking comment on a proposed amendment to Rule 5 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure for Magistrate Courts. The proposed amendment provides for regular review of compliance with bond conditions in cases involving allegations of domestic violence. Public comments on the proposed change to Rule 5 will be accepted through July 31, 2017.
About: On-Campus Interviews are generally used by the largest firms to recruit new attorneys, but there is no dedicated system for finding appropriate talent for smaller firms. This event will include a free 1-credit CLE course on succession planning,
free lunch, and a tour of our new facilities. After lunch, we will engage in an interactive discussion to identify how to best help smaller firms meet their hiring needs. We will listen to attorneys describe when they realize they need to hire, what credentials they think are important, and what we can do to make the process as easy as possible.
Who Should Attend: Attorneys from firms with up to 30 attorneys, as well as the leaders of the various state, local, and affinity bar associations. To Register Click Here
August 7-11, 2017
Basic Family Mediation Training
Sponsor: Potomac Mediation Services and Professor Tom Patrick – WVU College of Law
About: An intensive, interactive 40-hour training program
for attorneys, counselors, therapists, social workers, and others
who desire to serve as Family Mediators in West Virginia.
Location: Clarion Hotel – Shepherdstown, West Virginia
October 3 – University of Charleston – Charleston
October 4 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington
October 5 – The Blennerhassett – Parkersburg
October 10 – Tamarack – Beckley
October 11 – McFarland House – Martinsburg
October 12 – South Branch Inn – Moorefield
October 13 – Giovanni’s – Chapmanville
October 24 – Oliverio’s Restorante – Bridgeport
October 25 – Lakeview Resort – Morgantown
October 26 – Oglebay Resort – Wheeling
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 email@example.com.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