Bar Blast – November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017
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ABA Free Legal Answers
The website for the ABA Free Legal Answers program has been updated. There has been an increase in activity since the update with more questions submitted by users looking for legal help. For those attorneys who currently serve as volunteers, please be sure to check the site regularly as there are new questions being submitted daily. If you are not currently serving as a volunteer attorney for the program, but would like to do so, please visit the ABA’s Free Legal Answers website by clicking here.

Opening on Worker’s Compensation Board of Review
Members of the Workers Compensation Board of Review Nominating Committee are accepting applications for a Board of Review opening.  Applications should be sent to Anita R. Casey, Executive Director, West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, West Virginia 25311 or to  Applications must be RECEIVED by NOON on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. To review the legal authority, purpose, seat restrictions,  compensation and other information on the Board of Review click here.

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has a unique employment opportunity, available immediately – Associate Administrative Counsel.  The position reports directly to the Court’s Administrative Counsel and, under their direction, provides legal guidance to the Administrative Director of the Courts on all issues managed by the Administrative Office, including employment issues, contract issues, policy and procedural matters, management of outside counsel, and other legal tasks consistent with the management and administration of a 1400-employee entity. For more information click here and here.

 The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the First Family Court Circuit serving Ohio, Brooke, and Hancock Counties.    Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017.  The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is Tuesday, November 28, 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 Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Updates to IOLTA Reporting
 The State Bar has completed development of a new and improved IOLTA reporting system. This new system allows banks and attorneys to easily report and track IOLTA information. *Note for attorneys: the system will be fully implemented with the next two week; please check your IOLTA information on the member portal at to ensure that all IOLTA information is complete and accurate.

Supreme Court Closure Notifications
When the State Bar receives notice about a courthouse or the Supreme Court being closed, a notice will be sent to you by email or text message, based upon the request you have made.  We have added a feature which allows you to select the counties for which you want to receive notice. If you would like to sign up for specific county notifications, please go to to update your “Supreme Court Notifications”.

National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being 
The National Task Force Report and Recommendations are currently under review by The WV State Bar, The Court and WVJLAP to determine how best to proceed with the implementation of steps to facilitate a cultural shift within the legal profession (from law school to large firms and everything in between, including secured leave rules, CLE rules, lawyer discipline and other items).
To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer. The Report reveals that too many lawyers are experiencing chronic stress, high rates of depression and substance abuse.  These findings are incompatible with a sustainable legal practice, raising troubling implications for many members of the legal profession. For more information click here.
Upcoming Events

November 14, 2017
12:00-1:00 PM
Military Matters in Family Law
Host: Kanawha County Bench Bar Family Law
Location: Kanawha County Judicial Annex–Voters Regestration Room (Enter from Court Street)
Speaker: LTC Kelly Ambrose

Save the Dates: June 13-14 and July 11, 2018
Basic and Advanced Mediation Training 
Host: State Bar ADR Committee
Location: Days Hotel, Flatwoods
                  Bridgeport Conference Center

Save the Date: January 24, 2018
3-Hours credit-Law office Management
Host: West Virginia State Bar
Location: Bowles, Rice office in Martinsburg and broadcast statewide via video conference.

Save the Date: April 8-9, 2018
West Virginia State Bar’s 2018 Annual Gathering at the Greenbrier
6-Hours CLE Credit