Title: Disrupting Bias: How Implicit Bias Can Impact the Practice of Law
Presented by: Meshea L. Poore, Esq., Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at West Virginia University and Former WV State Bar President (2018-2019)
Join us on Thursday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m. for an implicit bias training meant to help those within the practice of law understand and minimize the role of unconscious bias through education and discussion. This training will assist in strategically teaching those in the legal profession how to recognize and manage their biases to ensure a growing profession that is diverse, inclusive and just.
If you currently have a valid West Virginia Driver’s license, you may obtain your State Bar ID Card by going to this link and completing the DMV form for the State Bar ID Card. If you do not have a valid West Virginia Driver’s license, contact your local West Virginia DMV office to arrange an appointment.
ADDITIONAL REPORTING REQUIREMENT
ON SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR
FISCAL YEAR 2020-21
State Bar Administrative Rule 14 – Succession Planning – became effective on January 1, 2020. The new Rule requires all sole practitioner Bar members to designate if they have a succession plan. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rule could not be fully implemented before the 2020-21 reporting/fiscal year. When renewing your membership with the State Bar in 2020-21, you must answer the “Succession Planning” question in the compliance section of your renewal application. Additional requirements will be announced as the is Rule is implemented. NOTE: Firm Administrators in firms with 5 or more members, do not have to complete the Succession Planning requirement.
The Bar anticipates that the requirements of Administrative Rule 14 will be fully implemented in the 2021-22 reporting period. Announcement(s) regarding the implementation of the requirements will be posted, during the next several months, on the Bar’s website and in the Bar Blast. Click here for Rule 14
UPDATE ON REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR CORPORATE ENTITIES
State Bar Administrative Rules 11 and 12 – LCs, LLCs, PLLCs and LLPs – became effective on January 1, 2020. The new Rules require certain reporting to the State Bar. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rules have not been fully implemented. Comprehensive reporting requirements and processes are being developed in collaboration with the Secretary of State’s Office.
The Bar anticipates that the requirements of Administrative Rules 11 and 12 will be implemented before the new October 30 reporting date. Announcement(s) regarding the implementation of the requirements will be posted, during the next several months, on the Bar’s website and in the Bar Blast.
The time schedule to follow on Keller issues is available on the State Bar’s website – Keller Notice . If any member has questions concerning this matter, please contact Anita Casey at The West Virginia State Bar at 304-553-7228 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Challenges should be directed to Executive Director Anita Casey and may be submitted by mail [mailing address: 2000 Deitrick Blvd, Charleston, WV 25311] or email [email@example.com].
Request for Public Comment
Request for Comment on Proposed Amendments to Rule 38 of the West Virginia Rules of Appellate Procedure.
By order entered on June 15, 2020, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals approved a 30-day period of public comment on amendments to Rule 38 of the West Virginia Rules of Appellate Procedure. The proposed amendment would eliminate facsimile filing in the Office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and would allow for electronic mail filing. The public comment period closes on July 15, 2020. Comments are to be filed in writing with the Clerk. Click here to review the proposed changes to Rule 38 of the Appellant Procedure
Request for Comment on Proposed Amendments to the Notice of Appeal Form Attached to the West Virginia Rules of Appellate Procedure.
By order entered on June 15, 2020, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals approved a 30-day period of public comment on amendments to the Notice of Appeal form attached as Appendix A to the West Virginia Rules of Appellate Procedure. The proposed amendment would require checks provided to the Office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia to be made out in the order of “The State of West Virginia.” The public comment period closes on July 15, 2020. Comments are to be filed in writing with the Clerk. Click here to review the proposed changes to the Notice of Appeal
Important Reminders Concerning CLE Reporting Periods and Requirements
The 2018-2020 reporting period has been extended to September 30, 2020. All CLE must be completed and reported by that date.
The reporting period for 2020-2022 begins on July 1, 2020. The extension of the 2018-2020 reporting period does not affect the start date of the 2020-2022 reporting period.
Attorneys who are in compliance for the 2018-2020 reporting period by June 30, 2020 should begin reporting any CLE credits completed after July 1, 2020 to the 2020-2022 reporting period.
Attorneys who are not in compliance for the 2018-2020 reporting period should continue to report credits to the 2018-2020 reporting period until such time as you are in compliance. You need a minimum of 24 credits, including at least 3 in legal ethics/law office mgmt./attorney well-being/elimination of bias in the legal profession. Any credits completed after you are in compliance for the 2018-2020 reporting period and after July 1, 2020 should be reported to the 2020-2022 reporting period.
If you exceed the minimum CLE requirements for the 2018-2020 reporting period, a maximum of 6 general credits are carried over to the 2020-2022 reporting period. Credits in the ethics categories do not carryover.
Course credits cannot be split between reporting periods.
Please check your CLE transcripts for accuracy and for pending CLE credits submitted by CLE sponsors that require your confirmation. Credits are not included in your CLE total until they are confirmed and added to your CLE transcript.
July 17, 2020
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Legal Considerations for Employers as Employees Return to Work Amid COVID-19 Webinar
Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education
Prepared and Presented by Ashley Pack and Chandler Strogen, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Location: Live Webinar
CLE: 1.0 credits, and 1.0 credit in ethics and law office management.
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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