Bar Blast – May 16, 2017

May 16, 2017
 Thank you to the Sponsors of the 2017 

West Virginia State Bar Annual Gathering
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Updated Contact Information

All State Bar Members are asked to login to the “Membership Portal” to verify their contact information, add their employer name and update their password from 8 to 12 characters.
Remember that, 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.
Please go to and login to confirm your information before June 1, 2017

. If your employer name is not available on the drop down menu, please contact Cheryl at

Vacancy Announcement 
Clerk of Court – U.S. District Court
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of WV is seeking qualified applicants with expertise as a high level executive to serve as the Clerk of Court, the administrator of a complex, diverse, and innovative organization. This position, working under the Chief U.S. District Judge, has overall management authority and responsibility for the administrative activities of the Clerk’s Office and oversees the performance of the statutory duties of the office. The position requires an individual who possesses the experience, management skills, and technical expertise necessary to anticipate and resolve complex administrative, operational, budgetary, and information technology challenges quickly and efficiently. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are required, along with a proven record of leadership and accomplishment. A vacancy announcement detailing the representative duties, qualifications, application process, and benefits may be viewed by visiting our website at Priority consideration is given to those who apply by 5:00pm (EST) May 31, 2017.
The U.S. District Court is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the work place.
Public Comment

Approved Amendments to Rules 21.04 and 21.05 of the West Virginia Trial Court Rules and Rule 47 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Family Courts

By order entered on April 25, 2017, the Court approved amendments to Rules 21.04 and 21.05 of the West Virginia Trial Court Rules and Rule 47 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Family Courts, as well as amendments to Appendix B Guidelines for Guardians Ad Litem in Family Court.
Click Here for the Order

Upcoming Events

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

May 19-21, 2017
Lawyer Leadership Institute
Sponsor: WV Bar Foundation
Location:  Stonewall Jackson Resort
About: The Institute is a weekend session to provide newer lawyers with specific education and professional training that will enable them to become leaders in the legal profession, in their communities and in the State.
Questions? Contact Tom Tinder at

June 1-2, 2017
59th Annual Convention and Seminar
Sponsor: West Virginia Association for Justice
CLE: 14.6 Credit Hours, including 3.6 in ethics and law office management
Location:  Embassy Suites Hotel – Charleston

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 15-16, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
2017 Public Defender Services Indigent Defense Annual Conference
Sponsor: Public Defender Services
CLE: 18.6 Credit Hours
Location: Stonewall Resort

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

July 10-11 & 17-18, 2017
Annual, Free Cross-Training Conferences on Child Abuse/Neglect and Juvenile Law
Sponsor: The West Virginia Court Improvement Program (CIP)
CLE: 16.0 General Credits
Location: July 10-11, 2017, Lakeview Resort, Morgantown
July 17-18, 2017 Charleston Civic Center, Charleston

October 3-26, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
2017 State Bar Regional Meetings
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar
Dates & Locations:
October 3 – University of Charleston – Charleston
October 4 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington
October 5 – The Blennerhassett – Parkersburg
October 10 – Tamarack – Beckley
October 11 – McFarland House – Martinsburg
October 12 – South Branch Inn – Moorefield
October 13 – Giovanni’s – Chapmanville
October 24 – Oliverio’s Restorante – Bridgeport
October 25 – Lakeview Resort – Morgantown
October 26 – Oglebay Resort – Wheeling