Bar Blast – July 3, 2018

July 3, 2018
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Appellate Practice Committee
The State Bar is forming an Appellate Practice Committee. The purpose of this Committee will be to promote the skills of West Virginia appellate advocates, offer continuing legal education opportunities, monitor changes to the Rules of Appellate Procedure, and foster professionalism and excellence in appellate advocacy.  The Committee also will serve as a resource for the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to assist in rule evaluations and amendments, pro bono appointments, and other programs.  Any member interested in participating should contact Carte Goodwin at or 304-345-0111

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is currently seeking candidates for the position of Administrative Director. This position is responsible for all administrative aspects of the Court and reports directly to the Supreme Court Justices. Position posting details, applications, and instructions are available at

Keller Notice to State Bar Members
The time schedule which will be followed on Keller issues is available on the Bar’s website at 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

MCLE Reminder for the July 1, 2016-June 30, 2018 Reporting Period
The July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018 reporting period ends June 30, 2018.  The filing deadline is July 31, 2018.  Please login to the member portal at and go to My Transcript to view the credits reported, and to confirm, edit, or delete any pending submissions from the sponsor reporting.  Credits may be completed during the month of July 2018 and carried back to the July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018 period, without penalty.  Please be sure to select the appropriate reporting period.  Credits filed after August 1, 2018, or later will require a $50 late filing fee.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS THE LAST REMINDER FOR ALL MEMBERS.  E-MAILS WILL ONLY BE SENT TO INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS NOT YET IN COMPLIANCE BEGINNING JULY 6, 2018.

Public Comment

Proposed Revisions to Governance Documents 
The Supreme Court of Appeals is Requesting Comment on Proposed Revisions to the Governance Documents for the West Virginia State Bar – the proposed revisions are set forth in the Court’s order. Click here 

to view the order. Comment period expires August 14, 2018
Click here to view highlights of the proposed revisions.

Request for Public Comment
Public comments may be filed in response to proposal to amend the Administrative Rules for Magistrate courts allowing reimbursement for either landline phone or cellular phone. Click
here to view the order.

Request for Public Comment
The Court is requesting public comment on proposed amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law in West Virginia. Please review the attached order and file comments by August 15, 2018. Click here to view the order.

Upcoming Events

July 9-10, 2018
Annual, Free Cross-Training Conferences on Child Abuse/Neglect and Juvenile Law
Host: West Virginia Court Improvement Program
Location: Lakeview Resort, Morgantown, WV
Please email Kandi Greter at or call 304-340-2755 with any questions.
Click here for more information

July 11, 2018
Negotiation Skills for Advocates and Mediators-An Interactive Process
Advanced Mediation Training
Host: State Bar ADR Committee
Location: Bridgeport Conference Center
Cost: $150.00
Approved for 7.5 CLE credits
A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at Wingate by Wyndham, 350 Conference Center Way in Bridgeport, at a discounted rate ($80) for the event.  In order to receive the discounted rate, inform the hotel that you are attending the West Virginia State Bar’s event when making your reservation.  The number is 304-808-1000.  The code to give to the hotel to get the discounted rate is CGBAR2.
Click here to view a copy of the agenda
To view copies of the CV’s of the presenters, click  here and here
Click here to register

July 16-17, 2018
Annual, Free Cross-Training Conferences on Child Abuse/Neglect and Juvenile Law
Host: West Virginia Court Improvement Program
Location: Charleston Civic Center Charleston, WV
Please email Kandi Greter at or call 304-340-2755 with any questions.
Click here for more information

July 26, 2018, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Free and Live CLE
Co-Employment Issues in West Virginia
Host: WV State Bar
Location: State Bar Center and broadcast statewide via video and tele-conference
Approved for 3.0 CLE general credits
Click here to register for live attendance (Live attendance is limited to the first 35 registrants)
Click here to register to attend via video conference

Announcing the Dates and Locations for the 2018 Regional Meetings
Registration and further information will be announced in the coming months.
 October 9, 2018 – Oliverio’s – Bridgeport
 October 10, 2018- Lakeview Resort – Morgantown
 October 11, 2018 – Oglebay Resort – Wheeling
 October 16, 2018 –  University of Charleston – Charleston
 October 17, 2018 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington
 October 18, 2018 -The Blennerhassett – Parkersburg
 October 19, 2018 – Giovanni’s – Chapmanville
 October 23, 2018 – Tamarack – Beckley
 October 24, 2018 – Bavarian Inn – Shepherdstown
 October 25, 2018 – South Branch Inn – Moorefield

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