Bar Blast – March 20, 2018

You are invited to the
2018 West Virginia State Bar Annual Gathering
April 8-9, 2018 | The Greenbrier
Includes CLE Seminars, Annual Banquet and Reception
Includes CLE Seminars Only
Includes Annual Banquet Only
March 20, 2018
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Important Changes to the West Virginia Pro Hac Vice Became Effective January 1, 2015
The State Bar is no longer able to accept paper Pro Hac Vice submissions because of registration requirements for out-of-state lawyers. All Out-of-State Lawyers must register online and file paperwork (Signed Verified Statement and Motion, signed by WV Local Counsel or in District Courts Statement of Visiting Attorney & Designation of Local Counsel) electronically in pdf format and pay the per case fee online.

Sponsorships for the Annual Gathering are due by March 30, 2018
Click here for more information
Click here for the sponsorship application
Contact Anita Casey at with any questions

Indigent Defense Day Proclaimed
Governor Jim Justice has declared March 19, 2018 as Indigent Defense Day in West Virginia. Noting that currently 140 public defenders and over 600 private counsel are engaged as indigent defense in the state. The governor encourages all citizens to join in the commemoration of the Gideon v. Wainwright case which was decided by the US Supreme Court 55 years ago. That decision required the states to appoint counsel to poor defendants when their liberty interests are at stake.

Criminal Justice Act Panel Applications
The United States District Court for Southern District of West Virginia is currently accepting applications for appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Panel.  Members in good standing of the federal bar of the Southern District who have relevant criminal defense experience and a desire to provide quality representation to indigent defendants in a variety of criminal matters are encouraged to review the current CJA Plan and access a PDF-fillable application from the Court’s website at Both documents are located under the CJA tab.  The application is located under the subsection “CJA Panel” or you may click here for the application.  Applications are due by April 13, 2018 and can be submitted via regular mail or emailed to  Angie Volk, CJA Supervising Attorney for the Southern District, at  Ms. Volk is also available to answer any questions regarding the application process via email or by calling 304-347-3191.

Volunteers needed for Tuesday Legal Connect
The Elkins Legal Aid of West Virginia office will be sponsoring the May 2018 sessions of Tuesday Night Legal Connect.  Contact Carmen Howell if you are interested in volunteering at 304-635-7600 X2410

Seeking Nominations for Great Lawyer Mentors/Supervisors
Michael Hunter Schwartz of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law,  is seeking input to identify attorney mentors who transform junior lawyers’ careers and even lives, study those mentors in depth, and understand why they are so effective. The goal is to produce a work that is a manual for attorneys who aspire to be transformative mentors, a benefit to legal employers for hiring and training mentors, and a tool more junior lawyers might use to find good mentors. Dean Greg Bowman commends this project to your attention.
Here is a link to the website for the book,, and a link to the page being used to solicit and receive the nominations,

NEW on Westlaw: West Virginia Pattern Jury Instructions for Civil Cases

The full text of West Virginia Pattern Jury Instructions for Civil Cases is now available on Westlaw. With Westlaw access you can conveniently integrate this valuable resource with your trial preparation and research workflows to increase ease of use and efficiency.
For more information, contact your Westlaw representative: Contact Sales

Bankruptcy Judge Flatley to be Inducted into American College of Bankruptcy
On March 16, 2018, Judge Patrick Flatley of Wheeling will be inducted as a Fellow of the College of Bankruptcy. The ceremony will take place at the Smithsonian Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. For more information click here.

WVU College of Law Moot Court Alumni
The The WVU College of Law is seeking information on alumni who participated in moot court programs as students. Please fill out this survey. If you have any questions, you can contact Amy Cyphert, Lecturer in Law, at”
Click here to access the survey.

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

Request for Public Comment on Legal Ethics Opinion
The following L.E.O. was approved for publication for public comment at the January 26, 2018 meeting of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board. Please submit your comments by May 15, 2018. Please send them to: L.E.O. Public Comments, Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV  25304. Click here for a copy of the opinion.

Request for Public Comment on Proposed Rule Amendment 
The Court is considering an amendment to Rule 38 of the Rules of Appellate Procedure regarding the placement of citations in documents filed with the Court. Click here to view the proposed rule amendment.

Upcoming Events

March 22, 2018
The Public Interest Advocates (PIA) at the West Virginia University College of Law are holding their annual spring auction on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the WVU College of Law.   They will serve dinner in the law school lobby at 5:30 p.m.; it is a buffet and costs $10 per person.  The auction is free to attend and will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the College of Law Event Hall.
This year the PIA is celebrating their 30th year of awarding summer fellowships to WVU College of Law students.  These fellows work for public interest legal organizations around the state of West Virginia.  To celebrate the 30th year of fellowships the theme for the auction is “Back to the 80’s:  30 years of launching public interest careers!”
The auction will feature live auction items, a silent auction, raffles, and door prizes.  Auction items include overnight stays at resorts, local dining packages, gift baskets, sports tickets and memorabilia, and more. All proceeds raised go toward funding student fellowships.
Contact Jennifer Powell at or 304-293-8555 with any questions

March 23, 2018
West Virginia Bankruptcy Seminar
United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia and the Bankruptcy Law Section of the West Virginia State Bar
Location: Marriott Town Center, Charleston, WV
Click here for the agenda.
Contact Lisa McNeil at 304-234-4003 or with questions.

April 8-9, 2018
West Virginia State Bar’s 2018 Annual Gathering at the Greenbrier
6.1-Hours CLE Credit

April 19, 2018 5:00 PM
Government Lawyers Reception
All West Virginia lawyers are invited to an April Fiesta Government Lawyers Reception to be held at the offices of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown and Poe, 901 Quarrier Street, Charleston on April 19th, beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m. All West Virginia lawyers are invited! Contact Barb Baxter at with any questions.

April 20, 2018 8:30-5:00
Family Law CLE
Kanawha County Family Law Bench-Bar Committee
Location: India Center in Southridge
Please email Lyne Ranson at with any questions.
Click here for the schedule and registration form.

April 24, 2018 12:00-2:00
Free and Live
Government Lawyers CLE Seminar 2-Hours general credit
Government Lawyers Committee
Via video conference

April 26, 2018 6:00 PM
20th Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner
Host: WV Bar Foundation
Location: Charleston Marriott Hotel, Charleston WV
For more information, click here
Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations–304-343-9823, or WV Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.

May 4, 2018 9:00-4:00
Defending Parents Charged With Abuse and Neglect
6.6 Hours CLE Credit
Location: Cabell County Courthouse Huntington, WV
Contact Pam Clark at with questions.

May 17, 2018 8:45-5:00
Finance and Estate Planning Seminar
Host: WV Bankers Association, WV Society of CPAs, The WV State Bar Probate Law Committee
Location: Edgewood Country Club, Charleston, WV
Click here to register
Click here for a copy of the agenda
Click here to view the event brochure

Save the Date: May 18, 2018 8:30-4:00
Mountain State Bar Association Annual CLE
6 Hours CLE Credit
Location: Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Shepherdstown, WV
Contact Cheryl Henderson at 304-523-5732 with questions.
Click here for event registration brochure.

May 18, 2018 9:00-4:00
Defending the Rights of your Intellectually Disabled Client
6.6 Hours CLE Credit
Host: Public Defender Services
Location: Voter’s Registration Office at 415 Quarrier Street Charleston, WV
Contact Pam Clark at with questions.
Click here to register

May 23, 2018 10:00-1:00
Free and Live
Marijuana Law Webinar
3 CLE Credit Hours (general)
State Bar Center, Charleston, WV and broadcast statewide online via video conference

June 13-14, 2018
Basic Mediation Training
Host: State Bar ADR Committee

 Days Inn and Suites, Flatwoods

Approved for 16.5 CLE credits including 1.0 in Ethics
A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate ($89.99) for the event. In order to receive the discounted rate, inform the hotel that you are attending the WV State Bar’s event when making your reservation. Contact Cathy Shuman at 866-700-7284 X101 to reserve your room
For more information and to register for the event, click
here. Click here for a copy of the agenda.

Save the Date: June 14-15, 2018
2018 Annual Indigent Defense Conference
Host: Public Defender Services
Location: Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV

Save the Date: 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.

Save the Date: July 11, 2018
Advanced Mediation Training
Host: State Bar ADR Committee
Location: Bridgeport Conference Center

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