Bar Blast – March 6, 2018

March 6, 2018
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Citizen Soldier, Young Lawyer and Mentor of the Year Nominations
Nominations must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018.
Citizen Soldier Nominations:
The 2018 Citizen Soldier Award will be presented at the 2018 Annual Gathering of The West Virginia State Bar at the Charleston Marriott. To obtain information regarding the awards process click here.
Young Lawyer of the Year Nominations
The 2018 Young Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented at the 2018 Annual Gathering. To obtain information regarding the awards process click here.
Mentor of the Year Nominations
The 2018 Mentor of the Year Award will be presented at the 2018 Annual Gathering. To obtain information regarding the awards process click here.

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 caseya@wvbar.org with any questions

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

West Virginia Bar Association Executive Director Announces Retirement
It is with regret that the Exectutive Council of the West Virginia Bar Association must inform the bar that our long time Executive Director, Pryce Haynes, has announced his retirement. Pryce performed his duties as Executive Director tirelessly and always with the best interests of the West Virginia Bar Association and its members in mind.
The West Virginia Bar Association is America’s oldest voluntary bar association. Pryce strived to maintain the rich traditions of the Association in keeping with that history. We deeply appreciate Pryce’s years of faithful service and wish him the very best.

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.

ADOPTION OF AMENDMENT TO RULE 1B(e)(1) OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE RULES FOR MAGISTRATE COURTS – DOCKET NO. 17-RULES-1
Click here for a copy of the order entered February 14, 2018

ADOPTION OF AMENDMENT TO RULE 17.05 OF THE TRIAL COURT RULES, Docket No. 17-RULES-14
Click here for a copy of the order entered February 14, 2018
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.
Upcoming Events

March 8, 2018
Free and Live
10:00AM-1:00PM CLE Seminar
IT Security for a Small Firm, Marketing for a Small Firm, and Video Conferencing for a Small Firm
CLE- 3 hours in Law office Management
Location: State Bar Center, Charleston, WV and broadcast statewide online via video conference
Click here to register.

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 jennifer.powell@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-8555 with any questions

March 23, 2018
West Virginia Bankruptcy Seminar
Host:
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 lisa_mcneil@wvnb.uscourts.gov 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. There will be an Art Walk in Charleston that evening and the Government Lawyers Committee is holding the Reception to correspond with Art Walk. Artwork by West Virginia attorneys may be displayed. The Committee is still working on the logistics. The Reception will provide a Taco Feast, Sangria and beer and the fabulous musical stylings of the St. Marks Steel Drums. All West Virginia lawyers are invited! Contact Barb Baxter at barb.l.baxter@wv.gov with any questions.

April 20, 2018 8:30-5:00
Family Law CLE
Host:
Kanawha County Family Law Bench-Bar Committee
Location: India Center in Southridge
Please email Lyne Ranson at lyne@lyneranson.com 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
Host:
Government Lawyers Committee
Location:
Via video conference

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
Registration opening soon

May 18, 2018 8:30-4:00
Mountain State Bar Association Annual CLE
6 Hours CLE Credit
Location: Shepherdstown, WV
Registration begins April 1, 2018
 
Contact Cheryl Henderson at 304-523-5732 with questions.
Click here to view the event brochure.

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

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

 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.
THIS TRAINING IS OFFERED EVERY OTHER YEAR SO THE NEXT TRAINING WILL NOT BE UNTIL 2020. 

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
8:30-4:30
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 martha.j.hill@wv.gov 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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