Bar Blast – June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017
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Annual Membership Reporting & Fees
On June 9, 2017 all Active and Inactive members will be mailed an orange postcard via USPS. This postcard contains instructions on how to complete reporting and pay fees for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Online submissions will be accepted starting June 9, 2017 at Noon. 
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

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 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

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 If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 or

Michael P. Cooke- Law License Suspended
On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued a Mandate which suspended Respondent Michael P. Cooke’s license to practice law in the State of West Virginia for two (2) years.
Upcoming Events

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
Location: State Bar Center – Charleston, WV and Online Video Conference

June 28, 2017
The Roadmap to Sucessful Mediation: Effective Communication at Every Turn – An Advanced Mediation Training
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar ADR Committee
CLE: 7.5 General Credits

Bridgeport Conference Center

The State Bar has secured a government room rate with the Wingate Hotel on June 27th using code: CGSBAR
For further information please email

July 10-11 & 17-18, 2017
Annual, Free Cross-Training Conferences on Child Abuse/Neglect and Juvenile Law
Sponsor: The West Virginia Court Improvement Program (CIP)
CLE: 16.0 General Credits
Location: July 10-11, 2017, Lakeview Resort, Morgantown
July 17-18, 2017 Charleston Civic Center, Charleston

July 14, 2017 10am-3pm
Small-and Medium-Sized Firm Recruitment Summit
Sponsor: WVU College of Law
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

October 3-26, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
2017 State Bar Regional Meetings
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar
Dates & Locations:
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