The WV State Bar is continuing its COVID-19 Webinar series with panel discussions with Circuit Court Judges around the State addressing your concerns with our Courts and their dockets, practices, and procedures in the midst of COVID-19.
May 29, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
COVID-19 Webinar – CIRCUIT COURTS IN
CLE: 1.0 CLE Credit Hour in Law Office Management
PANELISTS: Judge James A. Matish, Harrison County
Judge Debra Scudiere, Monongalia County
Judge Steven L. Shaffer, Preston County
Moderator: Shannon P. Smith, Esq. (Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC)
Please be sure to log into the membership portal and verify or update your contact information by June 1. The State Bar will be mailing orange postcard reminders of membership reporting and fees in June for the July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 fiscal year.
Supreme Court Extends CLE Reporting Period and Bridge the Gap Completion Dates
Due to ongoing CLE issues caused by the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has granted a request from the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a one-year extension for completion of the Bridge the Gap program for certain attorneys and an extension of the CLE reporting period to September 30, 2020. The reporting period normally would have ended on June 30, 2020.
Attorneys admitted between July 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019, are granted a one-year extension to complete the Bridge the Gap program. Therefore, those attorneys must complete the program within thirty-six months after their admission to the Bar. The necessity for this extension was due to the cancellation of the April 2020 session of the Bridge the Gap course for new admittees.
CLE Reporting Period Extension:
All required CLE credits must be completed and reported by September 30, 2020, to avoid late filing fees.
An email reminder notice will be sent on August 31, 2020 to those attorneys who are not yet in CLE compliance.
Credits submitted after October 1, 2020 for the 2018-2020 reporting period will require a $50 late filing fee. Credit will not be entered until the late fee is paid.
Certified notice will be sent out as soon as practicable after October 1, 2020, to those attorneys who are in non-compliance after the September 30 reporting deadline.
Attorneys will have 30 days from the date of the certified notice of non-compliance to complete and file courses to attain CLE compliance.
A petition to suspend any attorney who does not attain CLE compliance within that 30 day period will be sent to the Supreme Court of Appeals.
Attorneys will be suspended until such time as they have established CLE compliance.
Temporary Waiver of Online Continuing Legal Education Credit Limit
Due to concerns associated with the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has granted a request from the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a temporary waiver of current CLE rules and regulations which limit the CLE credits for online and in-house credits to 12 credits. The temporary waiver is limited to the 2018-2020 reporting period. Please see the attached link for the full Order of the Court
Recorded Videos of State Bar Seminars
Available for Viewing for Online Credit
Twenty-one and one-half hours of online CLE credits are currently available to attorneys through viewing recorded videos of previous State Bar seminars. The subject matters are criminal law (2 credit), succession planning (3 credits, including 3 credits in Law Office Management), probate law(3 credits), marijuana law (3 credits, including 1/2 ethics credit), landlord tenant law(3 credits), intellectual property law (3 credits), keeping healthy during the pandemic (1/2 credit in attorney well-being), maintaining ethics in crisis (1 credit in ethics), coronavirus relief legislation (2 credits), and WV Courts moving forward (1 credit in Law Office Management). Links are provided below to view the videos and to report the credits upon completion.
Per the Order of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, your CLE Reporting Period has been extended to September 30, 2020. Attached are directions for submitting your credits. Print the attached document and use it as your CLE Reporting Guide. If you do not submit your own CLE credits, please share this document with the individual who reports your CLE Credits.
Come rain, shine, or COVID-19, the CLE will be held September 10, 2020. At this time, we plan to hold the CLE in person at the beautiful Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center. However, given the ever changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and depending on the circumstances prior to the CLE, some additional protective measures may be taken, possibly including the following:
Some or all speakers may appear virtually (i.e. Skype or Zoom).
The conference may be held virtually.
All registered attendees will be notified via e-mail regarding any
changes to the program or format. If you have questions, please contact Lyne Ranson at Lyne@lyneranson.com.
Host: Kanawha County Family Law Bench Bar Committee
Location: Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
CLE: 8.9 credits – including 1.1 credits in law office management.
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This time of year we are especially thankful for our attorneys who have always given back to their communities. This month’s MoreThanALawyer Natalie Sal exemplifies the best in West Virginia attorneys with her generous giving of her time in both her legal practice and her private life. Read more about our Thanksgiving MoreThanALawyer below. ********************************************************************* Community service and engagement have always been a priority in Natalie Sal’s life. She and her Morgantown firm Sal Sellaro Culpepper Legal Group routinely provide pro bono legal services for clients of the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC), WV Legal Aid, and WV Bar’s Legal Connect, and they have received multiple awards in recognition of their many years of pro bono service. Passionate about helping children and families, Natalie has served as a member of the West Virginia Court Improvement Oversight Board (charged with working state-wide to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system) and frequently presents at continuing legal education conferences statewide on issues relating to child welfare.
Natalie’s philosophy – that the generous sharing of our time and talents is essential for our community to thrive – has been every bit as much a driving force in her private life. She is on the Board of Directors of Christian Help, a local nonprofit providing necessities and services to area residents, and is a consultant for The Pantry Plus More, another local nonprofit whose mission is to help provide food, clothing, and other necessities to school-aged children. Natalie spent over 18 years as a frequent volunteer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, providing both extensive on-air volunteer assistance and off-air support for television and radio fund drives. She encourages others to become involved with the various community organizations and efforts addressing the challenges facing families in West Virginia, believing that, "Our collective wisdom is so much greater than that of any one of us alone."
As a mother of two amazing children (and volunteers-in-training), Natalie is an extremely active volunteer and fundraiser for Morgantown Learning Academy, her children’s nonprofit school, and serves on the affiliated Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Advisory Board that oversees the unique Mountain SOL outdoor education program. With a deep love of science and an engineering background, Natalie and her husband also promote science engagement and education for children in the community. From her daily social media “Cool Science Fact” to coaching FIRST Lego Robotics to providing occasional hands-on science exhibitions at area schools and daycare programs, Natalie encourages adults and children alike to get involved and to “Play science!”
Thank you, Natalie, for your dedication to pro bono service and to these volunteer organizations and the families they serve. You make us proud! ****************************************************** 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