By Administrative Order of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia on March 12, 2020, additional measures are implemented in all courts of West Virginia from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020.
Temporary Waiver of Online Continuing Legal Education Credit Limit
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, or half of the mandatory continuing legal education requirements. Attorneys will now be able to earn all or any portion of the required 24 CLE credit minimum through video, audio, correspondence, telephone seminars, computer-based training courses and in-house instruction, so long as the courses otherwise satisfy the requirements of the CLE rules and regulations and are approved for CLE credit in West Virginia. Several CLE providers are converting their live seminars to webinar format due to the coronavirus. Webinars are approved as online CLE credit under the current CLE rules; therefore, they are included in this waiver. The temporary waiver is limited to the 2018-2020 reporting period ending June 30, 2020. Please see the attached link for the full Order of the Court
WV Division of Corrections and
Rehabilitation COVID-19 Policy
The WV Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation has suspended all non-lawyer visitation at all West Virginia correctional facilities. Attorneys will still be able to visit their client in person, but will be subject to a screening process (questions and observation) to determine if they have symptoms of the Coronavirus. Attorneys that do not want to consult or visit in person may meet with their client via video conferencing. The attorney will need to make arrangement with the correctional facility.
WV STATE BAR COVID-19 PLAN
The State Bar does not currently anticipate interruption in its operation, and will continue to operate normal office hours, and provide programs as currently scheduled, until such time as a State of Emergency is declared, if at all. The Bar may need to limit access and/or services at a future date. Please check the State Bar’s Website and Facebook page for updates.
Let us Help YOU Submit Your CLE Credits
Tips and Step-by-Step Directions on
How to Submit Your CLE Credits
Your CLE Reporting Period Ends on June 30, 2020. Attached are directions for submitting your credits. Print the attached document and use it as your CLE Reporting Guide. If you do not submit your own CLE credits, please share this document with the individual who reports your CLE Credits.
Facility Details: Due to limited space at the State Bar Center, live registration is closed. There is unlimited capacity for attendees attending via video conferencing. If you do not receive a confirmation of registration, you will only be able to attend this seminar via video conference.
If you are unable to use the stairs from the first floor to the lower level, please drive down the driveway on the left-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 304-553-7220, in advance of the meeting, so arrangements can be made.
Bench & Bar – Past, Present & Future
The West Virginia Bar Association Executive Counsel has postponed the Bench & Bar Event
Annual 2020 Court Improvement Program
Cross-Training Conference scheduled for
March and April
The Division of Children & Juvenile Services, after conferring with the WV Supreme Court’s Administrative Office has decided to postpone the CIP Cross Trainings scheduled March 31 in Bridgeport; April 2 in Huntington and April 6 in Beckley. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 Virus and adhere to recommended precautions as we move forward in rescheduling these trainings.
We apologize for the inconvenience but are respecting the information provided by the medical communities.
Court Improvement Program
The Court Improvement Program is deeply involved in a MDT project coordinated by Brenda Hoylman and Gabe Conley. To date, they have spoken to stakeholders around the state that include DHHR’s local/field supervisors and probation officers. The contacts so far have been made have been by phone, in person or a survey. The next leg of this project is hearing from you – the attorneys involved in JA, JS or JD cases. As you are aware, a strong MDT is critical in organizing and providing the treatment and interventions a child(ren) and families need to be successful. Your responses are critical to the project and we thank you in advance for your support!
Location: The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV
CLE: 6.5 hours including 4.5 ethics/law office management/attorney wellbeing/elimination of bias. (Monday, April 6 – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Cost: $150 – CLE Program
A block of hotel rooms are reserved at The Greenbrier Resort, White Sulpher Springs, and The Hampton Inn, Lewisburg, at a discounted rate. To receive the discounted rate, inform The Greenbrier or Hampton Inn that you are attending the West Virginia State Bar’s event and use Code WVSB2020 when making your reservation.
The Greenbrier Resort – $189 per night + resort fees, historic preservation fee, and applicable taxes (Nights of April 3-6, 2020). Reservations: 855-441-2078. Mention Code WVSB2020.
The Hampton Inn – One night only (April 5, 2020) at $124 per night + applicable taxes. The last day to make your room reservation is March 22, 2020. Reservations: 304-645-7300. Mention Code WVSB2020.
State Bar Members who are employed as Federal/State Public Defenders, Federal/State Court Law Clerks, and with Legal Aid of WV are offered a special discounted rate of $40 for the CLE presentation on April 6. CLICK HERE for more information.
April 6, 2020 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
West Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Section
Bridge the Gap Program
REGISTRATION for BRIDGE THE GAP
CLOSES at NOON on APRIL 2
About: Each new lawyer admitted to practice after July 1, 2018 will have twenty-four months after their date of admission to complete the program.
Location: The Greenbrier – White Sulphur Springs, WV
Only Members Admitted after July 1, 2018 or Attorneys admitted prior to July 1, 2018, who have not previously completed the Bridge the Gap requirements, may attend the live course and satisfy the mandatory Bridge the Gap requirements.
The 2020 WVJLAP Annual Conference & Retreat
at Stonewall Jackson Resort, scheduled for April 17-19, 2020, has been cancelled in accordance with CDC recommendations, CDC/ WHO. Cancel room reservations directly with Stonewall. All CLE registration and banquet fees will be refunded. Refunds will also be provided to all exhibitors/speakers.
22nd Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner
April 23, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Host: WV Bar Foundation
Location: The Charleston Marriott Hotel
Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations–304-343-9823, firstname.lastname@example.org or WV Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.
Location: Days Inn & Suites, Flatwoods, West Virginia
Host: State Bar ADR Committee
CLE: 16.2 CLE credits including in 1.0 Ethics
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Days Inn & Suites at the discounted rate of $97.19 plus and taxes and fees. To receive the discounted rate, inform the hotel that you are attending the WV State Bar’s event when making your reservation. The reservation contact number is 304-765-5055. The cut-off date to reserve a room at the reduced rate is June 6. Rooms go to full rate after June 6. Click here to review agenda
Registration coming soon.
THIS TRAINING IS OFFERED EVERY OTHER YEAR AND WILL NOT BE OFFERED AGAIN UNTIL 2022.
Save the Date: June 18, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
HOT TOPICS FOR GOVERNMENT LAWYERS
Location: WV House of Delegates Chamber
State Capitol Complex, Charleston
More information and registration coming soon.
June 18, 2020
Family Law CLE
Note: Rescheduled from April 3, 2020
Host: Kanawha County Family Law Bench Bar Committee
Location: Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
CLE: 8.9 hours – including 1.1 credits in law office management.
Early bird special low rate extended to February 15, 2020. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Charleston Marriott has a block of rooms being held for the April 3 CLE at the low rate of $96 per night plus tax and fees. Rates available for April 2nd and 3rd. CALL as soon as possible to guarantee your room. (304)-345-6500
Location: Bridgeport Conference Center, Bridgeport, WV
Host: State Bar ADR Committee
A block of rooms has been reserved for the night of July 14 at the Bridgeport Wingate Inn at the discounted rate of $96.00 plus taxes & fees. To receive the discounted rate, inform the hotel that you are attending the WV State Bar’s event when making your reservation. The reservation contact number is 304-808-1000. The cut-off date to reserve a room at the reduced rate is July 1. Rooms go to full rate after July 1.
Registration coming soon.
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