On June 9, 2017 all Active and Inactive members were mailed an orange postcard via USPS. This postcard contains instructions on how to complete reporting and pay fees for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
IOLTA information will not be populated from last year’s reporting, due to the implementation of a new IOLTA tracking system. Please have all current information available when you login.
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, in accordance with the Keller decision, is as follows:
June 9: Dues Statements are sent to the Membership.
July 14: Written challenges to Keller deduction must be received by the State Bar Executive Director.
July 28: Board of Governors will review challenges.
October: Independent Audit is completed.
November: Arbitration Hearings are held.
January 2018: Arbitration Decisions are made.
The Keller deduction for 2017-2018 is $2.75.
Membership Fee Guidelines are available online 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.
Annual Professional Limited Liability (PLLC) Organization Renewals
In order to insure that your PLLC is in compliance with the laws of The State of West Virginia, you need to file an annual renewal application with The State Bar. Any change in the corporate organization from the prior year must be reported. COPIES OF CURRENT CERTIFICATES OF INSURANCE ARE REQUIRED. Every PLLC must also register an email address.
If your organization renewed online previously click here to login. PLLC Annual Renewals are due by July 1, 2017. If you have questions concerning PLLC reporting requirements contact Anita R. Casey at 304-553-7228 or email@example.com. If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WV Free Legal Answers
(formerly WV Online Legal Help)
The upgraded WV Online Legal Help is here! The website’s new name is WV Free Legal Answers. It is the state of West Virginia’s site as part of the ABA Free Legal Answers national site. Volunteers will find it similar to WV Online Legal Help, but much more user friendly. We hope you’ll enjoy using this upgraded site to continue helping vulnerable West Virginian’s receive free civil legal advice! If you have questions regarding WV Free Legal Answers click here.
Attorneys that were registered on wvonlinelegalhelp.org can use their email address and password to login to https://wv.freelegalanswers.org to answer questions. To register as a new attorney account click here.
June 14-16, 2017
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia – 35th Annual Meeting
Sponsor: Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
CLE: 12.30 including 9.90 Ethics
Location: The Resort at Glade Springs
June 15-16, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
2017 Public Defender Services Indigent Defense Annual Conference
Sponsor: Public Defender Services
CLE: 18.6 Credit Hours
Location: Stonewall Resort
June 22, 2017 – FREE CLE
Navigating past and current case law governing the pre-suit process of the Medical Professional Liability Act (MPLA); assessing damages specific to claims governed by the MPLA; and discussion of recent changes to the MPLA.
Sponsor: WV State Bar Law and Medicine Committee
CLE: 3.0 General Credits
Location: State Bar Center – Charleston, WV and Online Video Conference
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
Thank you to all speaker at the Advanced Mediation Training in Bridgeport on July 29, 2021. Kwame Christian, M. A. Esq., American Negotiation Institute, LLC, gave a great presentation on "Moving Through Mediation." He is pictured during his presentation and with past President Monica Nassif Haddad. Also in attendance and pictured below are past Bar Presidents Robert M. Steptoe, Jr., Debra H. Scudiere, Elliot G. Hicks, Monica Nassif Haddad, and Judge Michael J. Aloi. ... See MoreSee Less
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