WV STATE BAR OPERATIONS: The State Bar continues to operate during normal business hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Seminars and meetings continue to take place using the State Bar’s telephone conference and/or video conference capabilities. Although the State Bar continues to operate, its physical offices are closed to in-person meetings until, at least, September 1, 2020, at which time circumstances will be re-evaluated. All Bar members are strongly encouraged to use the State Bar’s telephone and video conference capabilities for meetings, depositions, hearings, seminars, etc. Arrangements should be made by contacting Kathy Henning email@example.com 304-553-7225. Any concerns with the limited availability of the physical facility for use should be directed to Anita Casey firstname.lastname@example.org.
The time schedule to follow on Keller issues is available on the State Bar’s website – Keller Notice . If any member has questions concerning this matter, please contact Anita Casey at The West Virginia State Bar at 304-553-7228 or by email at email@example.com.
Challenges should be directed to Executive Director Anita Casey and may be submitted by mail [mailing address: 2000 Deitrick Blvd, Charleston, WV 25311] or email [firstname.lastname@example.org].
AMENDMENTS TO STATE BAR ADMINISTRATIVE RULES 11 AND 12
Effective January 1, 2020, the Supreme Court of Appeals approved Rules for the State Bar to use in confirming a legal entity’s request for licensing through the Secretary of State’s Office. Rule 11 (Click to view Rule 11) deals with legal corporations. Rule 12 (Click to view Rule 12) deals with limited liability corporations and limited liability partnerships.
Both Rules require confirmation with the State Bar that professional liability insurance requirements have been met. Rule 11 requires notification to the Bar regarding whether insurance coverage exists for the legal entity (similar to Rule 4 for Financial Responsibility Disclosure). Rule 12 requires confirmation to the Bar of the existence of insurance coverage. The coverage amounts must comply with the statutory requirements of, at least, $1,000,000 per occurrence/ $1,000,000 in the aggregate.
The Secretary of State’s Office and the West Virginia State Bar are working together to create a “one stop shop” for the approval of new corporate entities and for the renewal of those entities authorized to transact business in West Virginia prior to November of 2020. Once the portal is completed, an entity can submit required paperwork and payments electronically. The Rules moved the Bar’s renewal dates to coincide with the Secretary of State’s Office, therefore, no renewals with the State Bar will be required until the fall of 2020.
Should you have questions about the implementation of the Rules or their requirements, please contact Anita R. Casey at email@example.com.
2020 State Bar Membership Directory Now Available
The 2020 edition of the membership directory is now available online to members. To download a digital version or print a copy click here. To purchase a paper version click here .
Temporary Waiver of Online Continuing Legal Education Credit Limit and
Extension of CLE Reporting Period and
Bridge the Gap Completion Dates
Due to concerns associated with the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has granted a request from the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a temporary waiver of current CLE rules and regulations which limit the CLE credits for online and in-house credits to 12 credits. The temporary waiver is limited to the 2018-2020 reporting period. The Court has also granted a one-year extension for completion of the Bridge the Gap program for certain attorneys and an extension of the CLE reporting period to September 30, 2020. The reporting period normally would have ended on June 30, 2020.
Twenty-Seven and one-half hours of free online CLE credits are currently available to attorneys through viewing recorded videos of previous State Bar seminars. Links are provided below to view the videos and to report the credits upon completion.
Come rain, shine, or COVID-19, the CLE will be held September 10, 2020. At this time, we plan to hold the CLE in person at the beautiful Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center. However, given the ever changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and depending on the circumstances prior to the CLE, some additional protective measures may be taken, possibly including the following:
Some or all speakers may appear virtually (i.e. Skype or Zoom).
The conference may be held virtually.
All registered attendees will be notified via e-mail regarding any
changes to the program or format. If you have questions, please contact Lyne Ranson at Lyne@lyneranson.com.
Host: Kanawha County Family Law Bench Bar Committee
Location: Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
CLE: 8.9 credits – including 1.1 credits in law office management.
Save the Dates
2021 Schedule for Basic Mediation and
Advanced Mediation Training
March 3 and 4, 2021 – Basic Mediation Training – Flatwoods, WV
June 17, 2021 –Advanced Mediation Training – Bridgeport, WV
Registration will open in early 2021
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