Bar Blast – March 7, 2017

March 7, 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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Opportunity to Sponsor State Bar Annual Gathering
Opportunities exist for individual attorneys and/or law firms to sponsor the State Bar Annual Gathering. If you are interested in serving as a sponsor click here. For additional information contact Anita Casey 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.

25th Family Court Circuit Vacancy
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 25th Family Court Circuit serving Hardy, Grant and Pendleton Counties.    Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 13, 2017.  The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is March 20, 2017.  Applications and instructions are available at  For more information about the application process, please call Manda Bickoff at 304-558-2000.  Interviews will be held in Charleston on April 4, 2017.  Click Here for the Application Form

2017 State Bar Membership Directory Now Available

The 2017 edition of the membership directory is now available online to members.  To download or print a copy click here
To purchase a paper version click here for the order form.

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

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; Cheryle Hall, West Virginia Court of Claims; Dina M. Mohler, Office of General Counsel, Charleston Area Medical Center

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

June 28, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
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
Registration Coming Soon
For further information please email