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 https://www.mywvbar.org/members/profile 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Bar Veterans & Military Affairs Committee
The State Bar Veterans and Military Affairs Committee would like to promote a service to veterans provided by Legal Aid of West Virginia. Attached is a brochure providing significant information. Legal Aid for Veterans can be contacted at 1-866-4370.
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 www.wvsd.uscourts.gov. 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.
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
Revisions to Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 6 of the Rules of Judicial Disciplinary Procedure, and the Rules of the Lawyer and Judicial Assistance Program
On April 10, 2017, the Court approved a thirty-day comment period for revisions to Rule 8.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 6 of the Rules of Judicial Disciplinary Procedure, and the Rules of the Lawyer and Judicial Assistance Program. Comments must be filed in the Clerk’s Office on or before May 11, 2017. Click Here for the Order
Revision to Rule 7 of the Administrative Rules for Magistrate Court
On April 10, 2017, the Court approved a thirty-day comment period for a revision to Rule 7 of the Administrative Rules for Magistrate Court, in light of West Virginia Code § 17B-7-1 et seq., which creates a “Second Chance Driver’s License Program” that allows certain individuals to satisfy their obligations to pay court costs and fees by making a partial payment. Comments must be filed in the Clerk’s Office on or before May 11, 2017.
Host: United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
Location: Martinsburg, 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, May 5th, is the last day to make a reservation. Interested parties please contact: Connie Diamond via email –
May 18, 2017
Finance and Estate Planning Seminar
Host: WV Bankers Association, WV Society of CPAs, The WV State Bar Probate Law Committee
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.
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