Bar Blast – March 28, 2017

March 28, 2017
You are invited to the
2017 West Virginia State Bar Annual Gathering
April 2-3, 2017 | Charleston Marriott
Includes CLE Seminars, Annual Banquet and Reception
Includes CLE Seminars Only
Includes Annual Banquet Only
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New Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Executive Committee Members
The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce the newly elected BOG & YLS members from Districts 6-10.
District 6 –  Teresa McCune, Williamson
District 7 – Benjamin M. Mishoe, Madison
District 8 – Robert M. Bastress, III, Charleston; L. Jill McIntyre, Charleston; Rory L. Perry, II, Charleston; James Carson Stebbins, Charleston
District 9 – James M. Brown, Beckley
District 10 – Jerad K. Horne, Bluefield
District 6 – William C. Duty, Williamson
District 7 – Shana Lynn O’Briant Thompson, Logan
District 8 – Ashton L. Bias, Charleston; Lori Counts-Smith, Charleston

District 9 – Matthew Alan Bradford, Beckley
District 10 – W. Blake Belcher, Bluefield

The Roadmap to Successful Mediation:  Effective Communication at Every Turn
An Advanced Mediation Training
The ADR Committee will be sponsoring a mediation training with Louise Phipps Senft, a nationally recognized mediator and mediation trainer, and author of the best-seller, Being Relational.  Click Here for Louise Phipps Senft’s Biography. This training will take place on June 28, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Bridgeport Conference Center and will qualify for 7.5 hours of CLE.  Join us and learn how to more effectively communicate in mediation, whether as an advocate or as a mediator.  All registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Louise’s book as part of the registration process. The Honorable Michael John Aloi will also present at the training.  Cost for the training is $150.00.  Click Here to Register.  Click Here for the Agenda.  For further information contact Monica at

Increased Security Requirements Coming to 
State Bar Membership Portal
The West Virginia State Bar will be increasing password security requirements from 8 to 12 characters in the near future.  General security standards require people to change their passwords regularly with specific character requirements in order to keep their account as secure as possible. The move is needed to protect the State Bar and its members from the rash of hacks that have occurred to large organizations.   Prior to July 1, each Bar member will be prompted to update his or her password upon login if it does not meet our security requirements.  Additional information will be forthcoming before changes take effect.
Beginning April 1, the State Bar will require anyone calling in to access or change information in the State Bar’s database to have the member’s date of birth and employer name.  If the member is a sole practitioner, the employer name will be the member’s name.  This measure is also intended to increase the security of information contained in the State Bar’s database.
Public Comment

Legal Ethics Opinion: L.E.O. 2017 – Public Comment

The Lawyer Disciplinary Board is soliciting public comments on the following Legal Ethics Opinion: L.E.O. 2017-__ entitled “FACT WITNESS COMPENSATION”.
Deadline for submissions: April 7, 2017.
Click Here for More Information

Proposed Amendments to the Rules Governing Guardians Ad Litem in Family Court
The Court has provisionally approved proposed amendments to the rules governing guardians ad litem in family court, and will accept public comment on the amendments through April 10, 2017. The amendments are necessary because guardians ad litem should not routinely be appointed in family court cases. Click Here for the Order
Upcoming Events

April 2-3, 2017
The West Virginia State Bar Annual Conference & Meeting
Location: The Charleston Marriott Town Center – Charleston, WV
CLE: 6.1 credits. including 2 credits in Law Office Management and Substance Abuse
  • Legal Research in the 21st Century – Christina Steinbrecker Jack, Fastcase
  • Reflecting on Environmental Enforcement: The Advent of Mega Cases – John Cruden, Former Assistant Attorney General US Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • An update from the ABA – Linda Klein, President of the American Bar Association
  • Criminal Law – Professor Douglas Berman, Professor – Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University
  • An Introduction to the New Era of Lawyer Assistance Program – Robert Albury, Jr, Director WV Lawyer Assistance Program
  • A Panel Discussion of Practicing Law in WV from the perspective of Women Attorneys – Judge Stephanie Thacker, United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals;Justice Elizabeth Walker, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia; Hazel Straub Crews, Retired; Dina M. Mohler, Office of General Counsel, Charleston Area Medical Center

April 5, 2017 – 9:30a.m. & 1:30p.m.
Court’s Case Management Electronic Filing System 
(CM/ECF) Training – Clarksburg
Host:  United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
Location: Clarksburg, WV
About: Attorneys and/or staff may attend one class. Attorneys completing the 2 1/2 hour class will earn 3 CLE credits for office management. There is no charge for the classes. Reservations are required, as there is a limit of 12 students per class.

Friday, March 31st, is the last day to make a reservation. Interested parties please contact:  Kim Denny via email:

April 18, 2017 – FREE CLE Webinar!
What Lawyers Should Know About Evolving Investment Fiduciary Standards
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar State and Federal Tax Committee
CLE: 3.0 General Credits
Location: State Bar Center – Charleston, WV and via Webinar

April 26, 2017
Family Law CLE – National Speakers to Present!
Sponsor: The Kanawha County Family Law Bench Bar Committee
Location: Edgewood Country Club – Charleston, WV

May 18, 2017
Finance and Estate Planning Seminar 
Host: WV Bankers Association, WV Society of CPAs, The WV State Bar Probate Law Committee
Location: Edgewood County Club – Charleston, WV

May 19, 2017
Mountain State Bar Association Annual Seminar
Sponsor: Mountain State Bar Association Annual Seminar
CLE: 6.0 Credit Hours including 1.0 Ethics/Office Management
Location:  Tamarack – Beckley, WV
Questions? Contact Cheryl Henderson 304-523-5732

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 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