Bar Blast – July 16, 2019

July 16, 2019
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Annual Membership Reporting & Fee Notice
On June 13, 2019 all Active and Inactive Members were mailed an orange postcard via U. S. mail.  The postcard contains instructions on how to complete reporting and pay fees for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.  The deadline for reporting and paying fees is on or before midnight, September 3, 2019.  For more information on how to complete the process go to http://www.wvbar.org and click on the Membership Reporting & Fees 2019-20 tab.

KELLER NOTICE TO STATE BAR MEMBERS
The time schedule to follow on Keller issues is available on the State Bar’s website at https://www.mywvbar.org/feeguidelines.  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 caseya@wvbar.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  [caseya@wvbar.org].

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT 
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is seeking applications for a fourteen-year appointment as U. S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia at Wheeling.  Questions should be directed to James N. Ishida, Circuit Executive, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit atvacancy@ca4.uscourts.gov.  Applications must be completed
and received by July 31, 2019.

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

REQUEST FOR COMMENT ON PROPOSED 
AMENDMENT TO THE WEST VIRGINIA RULES OF JUVENILE PROCEDURE
By order entered on June 19, 2019, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals approved a 30-day period of public comment on the proposed amendment to the West Virginia Rules of Juvenile Procedure.  The public comment period closes on July 19, 2019. Comments are to be filed in writing with the Clerk of Court.  

REQUEST FOR COMMENT ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE WEST VIRGINIA 
RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR CHILD ABUSE 
AND NEGLECT PROCEEDINGS 
By order entered on June 19, 2019, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals approved a 30-day period of public comment on amendments to the West Virginia Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings. The public comment period closes on July 19, 2019.  Comments are to be filed in writing with the the Clerk of Court. 

REQUEST FOR COMMENT ON PROPOSED 
ADOPTION OF THE WEST VIRGINIA RULES OF 
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE FOR FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION CIVIL PROCEEDINGS
By order entered on June 4, 2019, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals approved a 45-day period of public comment on the proposed adoption of the West Virginia Rules of Practice and Procedure for
Financial Exploitation Civil Proceedings. The public comment period closes on July 22, 2019. Comments are to be filed in writing with the Clerk of Court. To review the proposed rules, click here.

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON 
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO RULES RELATING TO ELECTRONIC FILING:  TRIAL COURT RULE 11.02, TRIAL COURT RULE 15A, AND RULE 6 OF THE RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE FOR FAMILY COURTS
By order entered on June 10, 2019, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals approved a 45-day period of public comment on a proposed amendment to Rule 6 of the West Virginia Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings.  The public comment period closes on July 26, 2019. Comments are to be filed in writing with the Clerk of Court. To review the proposed rules, click here.

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON 
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE WEST VIRGINIA RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT PROCEEDINGS
By order entered on June 4, 2019, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals approved a 60-day period of public comment on a proposed amendment to Rule 6 of the West Virginia Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings.  The public comment period closes on August 6, 2019. Comments are to be filed in writing with the Clerk of Court.  To review the proposed rule change, click here.

Upcoming Events

July 24, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 8:00 A.M. on 
MONDAY, JULY 22, 2019
Resolution Beyond Trial –
A WV State Bar Advanced Mediation Training
Host:  State Bar ADR Committee
Location:  Bridgeport Conference Center, 350 Conference Center Way, Bridgeport, WV 26330
Cost:  $100.00
A block of hotel rooms are reserved for July 23, 2019 at Wingate by Wyndham, 350 Conference Center Way, Bridgeport, West Virginia.  The discounted rate is $94.00.  To receive the discounted rate, inform the hotel that you are attending the West Virginia State Bar’s event and use Block Code 072319WVS when making your reservation.  Wingate’s telephone number is 304-808-3000.  The cut off date, for making room arrangements, is June 23, 2019.
Approved for 7.0 CLE credits (includes 1.0 CLE in Elimination of Bias)
For more information contact Monica Haddad at   monicahaddad@comcast.net

August 15-17, 2019
The West Virginia Bar Association
133rd Annual Meeting
Sponsor: The West Virginia Bar Association
Location: Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV
CLE: WV, OH, PA, VA, KY: Applied for.
Speakers: Beth WhiteWest Virginia Association for JusticeEric WittenbergAttorney and HistorianHonorable Edmund Albert Sargus, Jr., Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of OhioChief Justice Elizabeth D. WalkerSupreme Court of Appeals of West VirginiaChief Justice Maureen O’ConnerThe Supreme Court of OhioJen GiovannittiThe Benedum FoundationMac WarnerWV Secretary of State
Please join us at Oglebay Resort for our 133rd Annual Meeting.
Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact Tessa White at director@wvbarassociation.org.

September 13-14, 2019
Family Law 2019 – CLE
Host:  WVUCLE and the WV State Bar Family Law Committee
Location: WVU College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
Cost:  $295.00
WV MCLE:  9.5 including 1.0 Ethics/Law office Management

September 17, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Update on Criminal Law – 
Free & Live Seminar/Webinar
Sponsor:  The West Virginia State Bar
Location: The State Bar Center, Large Conference Room, Charleston, West Virginia and via video conference.
MCLE:   3 general credits
Speakers:  Lisa Tackett, John A. Carr, and Kenley Hanna
Live registration is limited to 35 attendees at The State Bar Center and unlimited capacity for attendees attending via video conferencing.  More information and registration will be available soon.
If you are unable to use the stairs from the first floor to the lower level, please drive down the driveway on the far 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 304-553-220, in advance of the meeting, so arrangements can be made.

September 24-26, 2019
ABA 2019 National Conference for 
Lawyer Assistance Programs
On-line registration for the ABA 2019 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs being held on September 24-26, 2019 at the Hilton Austin Downtown in Austin, Texas is now open!   This year’s conference theme is “From Surviving to Thriving: LAPs Lead the Way.”  The conference will have sessions of interest to judges, disciplinary staff, bar leaders, lawyer assistance program directors and staff, law students, law school administrators and law firm managers, as well as abundant opportunities to network with LAP personnel and volunteers involved in Lawyer Assistance Programs from across the United States, Canada and Great Britain.  The Honorable Beth Walker of the West Virginia Supreme Court will be participating in a panel discussion at the conference.  We look forward to your participation.  If you have any questions regarding registration for this event, please contact Amber Hanna at hanna@wvjlap.org.
Information regarding attendee registration may be found at,

To reserve a room at the Hilton Austin Hotel, visit:

To book by phone, call 512-482-8000 and mention “ABA National CoLAP/ILAA Conference”

2019 REGIONAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT 
Please find below the dates and locations for the 2019 Regional Meeting.  Registration and further information will be announced in the coming months.
October 1 – Tamarack – Beckley, WV
October 2 – Bavarian Inn – Shepherdstown, WV
October 3 – South Branch Inn – Moorefield, WV
October 15 – Oliverio’s – Bridgeport, WV
October 16 – WVU College of Law, Morgantown, WV
October 17 – Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV
October 28 – The Blennerhassett – Parkersburg, WV
October 29 – Giovanni’s – Chapmanville, WV
October 30 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington, WV
October 31 – University of Charleston (Geary Student Union), Charleston, WV

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