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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 or email@example.com
West Virginia Free Legal Answers
(formerly WV Online Legal Help)
The upgraded WV Online Legal Help is here! The website’s new name is West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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.
Legal Aid Pro Bono Portal and Online Trainings
Legal Aid of West Virginia recently launched its Pro Bono Portal, which is a one-stop resource for pro bono attorneys who would like to volunteer to help low-income West Virginians. The Pro Bono Portal offers:
Six free Online Trainings, approved for 4.8 CLE credits;
The ability to update Legal Aid on pro bono cases you’ve already taken; and
The opportunity to view cases that need pro bono assistance in your area.
Click here to watch a short video about the Portal and Trainings. Once you’ve watched the video, we’d like to hear your feedback by taking a quick 3 question survey.
If you have any questions, please contact Kate White at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-343-3013 ext. 2167.
The Roadmap to Successful Mediation: Effective Communication at Every Turn –
An Advanced Mediation Training
The ADR Committee will be sponsoring a mediation training with Louise Phipps Senft, a nationally recognized mediator and mediation trainer, and author of the best-seller,
Join us and learn how to more effectively communicate in mediation, whether as an advocate or as a mediator. All registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Louise’s book as part of the registration process.
Notice of Public Comment Period on Proposed Model Chapter 13 Plan for the United States Bankruptcy Court for Southern District of West Virginia
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia has drafted a proposed Model Chapter 13 Plan for use in the southern district of West Virginia. The proposed Chapter 13 Plan is available on the Bankruptcy Court’s website (www.wvsb.uscourts.gov) or can be requested by sending a written request with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to the Bankruptcy Clerk’s office address below. Public comments on the proposed Model Chapter 13 Plan will be accepted through Monday, August 17, 2017, and can be filed by emailing the comments to email@example.com or by mailing comments to the Bankruptcy Clerk’s office at:
WVSB Clerk’s Office, Room 3200
300 Virginia Street, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
Proposed Amendment to Rule 9 of the Rules for Admission to Practice of Law
The Supreme Court of Appeals is seeking comment on a proposed amendment to Rule 9.0 of the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law. Rule 9.0 of the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law governs limited permission to practice in association with an approved legal services organization or public defender program. The rule currently limits practice under this provision to a total of thirty-six months. The proposed amendment extends the time to five years, which would coincide with the time frame required for admission through reciprocity. Public comments on the proposed change to Rule 9 will be accepted through July 31, 2017.
Proposed Amendment to Rule 5 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure for Magistrate Courts
The Supreme Court of Appeals is seeking comment on a proposed amendment to Rule 5 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure for Magistrate Courts. The proposed amendment provides for regular review of compliance with bond conditions in cases involving allegations of domestic violence. Public comments on the proposed change to Rule 5 will be accepted through July 31, 2017.
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
This month’s MoreThanALawyer story comes from Williamson-based attorney Jim Pajarillo whose love of music is transforming his community with @The Art Brigade: #LoveWilliamson. Jim was nominated by Attorney Teresa Charolette McCune
************************ Like many in our profession, Jim Pajarillo has a love of the arts and particularly, live music. After living in California for 17 years, Jim returned to his roots to practice law in his hometown of Williamson, WV. He brought with him his passion for the arts and soon helped create The Art Brigade, promoting, supporting, and celebrating the arts in the Tug Valley Region. Through the Art Brigade and Jim’s efforts, Williamson has seen Pop Up Art Galleries, monthly jazz nights, a shadow cast performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show, murder mystery dinners and monthly Open Mic Nights at Starters Sports Bar in downtown Williamson. Jim was also instrumental in forming WillCon, Williamson’s annual Pop Culture Convention with more than 3,000 in attendance last year. Jim is a board member of the Tug Valley Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, promoting seasonal festivals, Dirt Days, SpookFest, the Love Williamson Celebration and the upcoming Williamson Pepperoni Roll Festival. Jim’s work in the arts has resulted in his becoming a West Virginia Cohort for the AIR Institute of Berea College and the recipient of the “Star Change Maker” award from the organization Create Your State. The picture below is from Classical Pianist Miki Sawada’s tour stop in Williamson where more than 100 folks came to listen to his music.
It’s fair to say that Jim’s return to his hometown has resulted in a much livelier music and art scene for the area. Thanks, Jim, for being 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. Monica Nassif Haddad ... See MoreSee Less
Fastcase Marketing has issued the following COVID-19 response. Fastcase has worked to gather free legal resources from many of its peer organizations and peer publishers to gather relevant resources that could be helpful during these times. These will all be available at www.Fastcase.com/covid19 . The marketing that is being supplied for this period will be modified from its traditional one or two month period and will be available for 2 weeks. Fastcase is planning to distribute additional content on April 6th that will run for the following 2 weeks. Because this situation is extremely fluid Fastcase want to be sure to share the most relevant and helpful information. Within the content page are links to several pages that have come across the Fastcase inbox over the last few days including the California Lawyers Association, The Florida Bar and The State Bar of Texas. ... See MoreSee Less