The time schedule to be followed on Keller issues is available on the State Bar’s website at https://www.mywvbar.org/feeguidelines. If any member has a question concerning this matter, please contact Anita Casey at The West Virginia State Bar at 304-553-7228 or by email at
In addition to the State Bar’s conference rooms being available to Bar members for mediations, client meetings and depositions, the renovation of the State Bar’s Training Center has been completed and is now available to Bar members for lunch meetings, seminars, and out-of-office training sessions for attorneys, their staff, and/or large groups of clients. The room is located on the lower level of the State Bar Center and will accommodate up to 35 attendees. If an attendee is unable to use stairs from the first floor to the lower level, the attendee may drive down the driveway on the far side of the Bar Center and enter the building at the bottom of the driveway. In addition to a kitchen area that can be used for food service, there are handicap accessible restrooms available on the lower level. Any Bar member who wants to reserve the Training Center or a conference room, may contact the West Virginia State Bar at 304-553-7220. Reserving a room is free to Bar members.
Request for Public Comment
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 commenton 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.
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 commenton 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.
MCLE credits: The conference has been approved for 10.8 total hours of CLE credit by the WV State Bar, including 2.4 hours of substance abuse/attorney wellness/office management.Click here for itinerary
Presented by representative of the Federal Trade Commission and West Virginia Attorney General’s Office
Topics: Cybersecurity for small businesses/law firms Impostor Scams reported by West Virginia consumers
Location: WV State Bar Conference Center – Charleston, WV and via video conference.
MCLE credits: 3.0 Law Office Management
Attention: The seminar will be held in the new lower level conference room. 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 at 304-553-7220 in advance of the meeting so arrangements can be made to accommodate you.
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)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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