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
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 www.wvsd.uscourts.gov. 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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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 www.mywvbar.org 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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Thank you to all speaker at the Advanced Mediation Training in Bridgeport on July 29, 2021. Kwame Christian, M. A. Esq., American Negotiation Institute, LLC, gave a great presentation on "Moving Through Mediation." He is pictured during his presentation and with past President Monica Nassif Haddad. Also in attendance and pictured below are past Bar Presidents Robert M. Steptoe, Jr., Debra H. Scudiere, Elliot G. Hicks, Monica Nassif Haddad, and Judge Michael J. Aloi. ... See MoreSee Less
The WV State Bar is pleased to announce this month’s MoreThanALawyer recipient, Duane Ruggier, a litigation attorney with Pullin Fowler Flanagan Brown & Poe, PLLC in Charleston, who has relentlessly advocated for a more accessible West Virginia to those challenged with a physical handicap. Duane was nominated by Vic Flanagan and Monica Nassif Haddad. Read below for Duane’s inspiring story.***************************************************************************Duane Ruggier was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his first year of law school in 1995. Duane, a high school athlete in basketball, soccer and tennis, went from walking and running normally to “walking the walls” and then using a cane, a walking rollator and now, a power chair. Despite his diagnosis, Duane continued to be a strong advocate for maintaining an active and productive lifestyle despite one’s disability. “I have never thought that things get better by just sitting on the couch worrying about your problems. I have always believed that it is better for you, your family and your State to get up and go to work no matter what your particular malady is.” Duane has devoted significant time and effort to the National MS Society and in making West Virginia more accessible to his fellow disabled individuals. “Though I knew that I had to first provide for my family, it was also important for me to help those with MS and to make our State more accessible to all individuals. If you are not in a wheelchair then you just can’t understand that a three-inch curb might as well be 10 feet high or that a bathroom without grab bars prevents you from using the bathroom or that having to park at the back of the parking lot is too far of a distance to actually make it to the courthouse.” Duane’s practice requires him to travel throughout the State, exposing him to many courthouses and businesses. “Wherever I go I try to make a positive change if I can.” With Duane’s advocacy he has been able to bring about changes to facilities such as courthouses, hotels, restaurants, schools and shopping centers including handicapped parking spaces at the Federal Courthouse in Charleston, the Harrison County Courthouse, Hurricane Middle School, Hurricane City Hall, CAMC General and at convenience stores, hotels and law firms around the state. He was also pivotal in creating handicapped bathrooms at the West Virginia Supreme Court, the West Virginia State Bar, CAMC Teays Valley, Logan County Courthouse, and in many law firms and restaurants. Duane is relentless in his quest for accessibility for the handicapped. Duane also serves on the West Virginia Access to Justice Committee where he has assisted with garnering over $500,000 in ADA improvements to West Virginia courthouses. Dan Kimble, Director of the WV Access to Justice Commission, praises Duane: “As a member of the Access to Justice Commission, Duane has been invaluable in helping the Commission members, WVU College of Law students, government officials and the public, gain awareness to the barriers that limit the full potential of those with handicapping conditions. The great thing about Duane is that he doesn’t just see the barriers; he goes through them!” As a member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Multiple Sclerosis Society, Duane is a frequent speaker and advocate regarding Multiple Sclerosis. With the assistance of his law firm, he has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the MS Society with their involvement in the MS 150 Bike Race, Dinner of Champions, MS Art Auction and the Women on the Move Luncheon. In 2015, the Inaugural Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament was first held at the Berry Hills Golf Club in Charleston, WV with all proceeds from the tournament going to benefit the MS Society. The annual tournament is supported by attorneys from all across the State of West Virginia from both the Plaintiff and Defense bars and hosts golfers from as far away as California and Texas and even Sweden. This year’s Sixth Annual Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament will be held at the Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country Club in Teays Valley, WV on October 11, 2021. Please contact Duane if you are interested in participating or sponsoring at email@example.com.Duane resides in Hurricane with his wife, Jennifer. He is grateful for the support of his wife and children, Duane III, Anthony, Isabella, Gabriel and Hannah. “When you have MS, the entire family has MS, and I am more than blessed to have an entire family behind me.” Thank you Duane, for your relentless advocacy improving the quality of life and ensuring the legal rights of those challenged by disability and for being so much 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. ... See MoreSee Less