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 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].
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be completed
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.
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
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.
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
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)
Speakers:Beth White, West Virginia Association for Justice; Eric Wittenberg, Attorney and Historian; Honorable Edmund Albert Sargus, Jr., Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; Chief Justice Elizabeth D. Walker, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia; Chief Justice Maureen O’Conner, The Supreme Court of Ohio; Jen Giovannitti, The Benedum Foundation; Mac Warner, WV Secretary of State
Please join us at Oglebay Resort for our 133rd Annual Meeting.
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 email@example.com.
Information regarding attendee registration may be found at,
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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This month's MoreThanALawyer is our Valentine's couple Bo Sweeney and Patty Jennings, Huntington attorneys who founded the annual Huntington Turkey Trot. Bo (Robert H Sweeney Jr.) is a member of Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC and Patty (Patricia A. Jennings) is an Appellate Judge on the Workers' Compensation Board of Review. Keep reading to learn how this month's couple raises awareness for the health and well-being of our students and our pets.
"To whom much is given, much is expected. These are words we live by." In 2005, Bo and Patty visited family in St. Louis for Thanksgiving and participated in a Turkey Trot. The following year, they searched for a local race in the Huntington area but found none. One week before Thanksgiving they organized the first Huntington Turkey Trot with fifty participants and donated the proceeds to Little Victories Animal Rescue Shelter. Deciding the community needed an annual Turkey Trot, Bo and Patty vowed to get to work on this annual event for the benefit of the local animal shelter. Almost 10 years later, in 2015, the event boomed with over 1,000 entrants and raised $25,000.00 for Little Victories Animal Shelter. Later, they raised $30.000.00 for the shelter, and, even in the midst of the pandemic and with a virtual fundraiser, the Turkey Trot was able to raise $8,000.00 this past year. Bo and Patty, along with their son, Chip, and a slew of volunteers, make this wonderful event happen every year.
"The Turkey Trot taught us that when you happen onto something great, make the most of it. We had no idea how popular a Thanksgiving race would become, but we soon capitalized on the trend. Now thousands of participants in our community enjoy gathering on Thanksgiving morning for fellowship and health and to benefit animals in need." Bo and Patty are proud that the Turkey Trot is now a family tradition, not only within their own family, but with so many in their community. Bo and Patty's family replaces Thanksgiving preparation the evening prior with packet pick-up and handing out t-shirts and numbers. Thanksgiving morning is spent excitedly preparing for the event and preparing for what feels like a party and a reunion for those attending. Following each race, awards are given which normally consist of Butterball turkeys and pumpkin pies. Donated bags of pet food are then delivered to the shelter.
Bo and Patty also have a soft spot for the students in their community. Long before COVID and school closures, Patty and Bo recognized that many students depend on schools for the two meals each day when school is in session. Starting with a grassroots food drive effort with area law firms in stocking pantries at Huntington High School and its feeder schools, they later merged efforts with Jenkins Fenstermaker and the Cabell County Bar Association. The CCBA and its members had regularly donated $4,000 in non-perishable food and hygiene products to the Huntington High School food pantry before the students would leave for the holiday break. Patty and Bo hope to increase efforts to combat food insecurity by expanding the food drive to the Spring and Summer breaks.
We absolutely LOVE our Valentine's Day Couple! Thank you for for being MORE Than A Lawyer. Your community and your Bar are grateful! Bo and Patty reside in Huntington with their 5 dogs and 2 cats. They were nominated by @Sarah Walling who is an attorney with Jenkins Fenstermaker and is now co-director of the Turkey Trot.
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