Bar Blast – June 19, 2018

June 19, 2018
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Updated Contact Information
The State Bar annual orange postcard regarding membership fees was mailed on June 13, 2018. If you have not received your card by June 21st, contact Cheryl Moats at

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Vacancy
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

Lawyer Referral Service Upgrade
The West Virginia State Bar Lawyer Referral Service was recently upgraded to a new system.  Clients seeking attorneys now have the ability to request a consultation or find contact information for an attorney at The new system allows registered attorneys the ability to track their incoming referrals using To sign up as an attorney on the lawyer referral service go to and select “Yes” in the Lawyer Referral Service Section register while reporting your FRD & IOLTA information.

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 filed August 1, 2018 or later will require a $50 late filing fee.  Active attorneys are required a total of 24 credits, including at least 3 in legal ethics, law office management, substance abuse or elimination of bias.  Newly admitted attorneys admitted between July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 are required 12 total credits, including at least 3 in legal ethics, law office management, substance abuse or elimination of bias.  Attorneys admitted on or after July 1, 2017 are exempt for the July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018 reporting period.

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.

Upcoming Events

Free CLE
Marijuana Law Seminar Pre-Recorded Seminar Offering Online Credits
The WV State Bar held a Marijuana Law Seminar on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Attorneys interested in watching the pre-recorded course and earning 3.0 online credits can click here to watch the recording.

June 20, 2018, 1:00 PM
Free Webinar on Women and Retirement
Host: ABA Retirement Funds Program
Click here to register

June 27, 2018
Employment Law CLE
Host: WALS Foundation
Location: First State Captiol Wheeling
Please email Sean Duffy at or call 304-905-1690 with any questions.
Click here for the schedule and registration informtion

Registration Closes June 22, 2018
June 28, 2018
Hot Topics for Government Lawyers
Host: Government Lawyers Committee
Location: West Virginia House of Delegates Chamber* State Capitol Complex, Charleston, WV
*In the event the Legislature is in session, the seminar will be held in the Capitol Room of the State Training Center.
Contact Martha Hill at with any questions.
Click here to register
Click here to view the agenda

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

Save the Date: 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
Additional information coming soon

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