The Bar’s new Compliance Coordinator is Angela Volk. She will be handling continuing legal education and membership. Angie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-553-7238.
2019-2020 Strategic Plan
On October 18, 2019, The WV State Bar’s Board of Governors approved the Bar’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2020. To view the plan click here. Contact Executive Director Anita Casey with questions – email@example.com.
Video Conference Update
The State Bar has upgraded its video conference system and would encourage members, who have attended a video conference in the past, to update your Zoom video conference software on your device. To download the new version go to zoom.us/download, or check for updates by opening your Zoom app window, clicking zoom.us in the top left corner of your screen, and then clicking “Check for Updates”. If you have questions regarding video conferencing with the State Bar, contact Mike Mellace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOYS FOR TOTS
The West Virginia State Bar’s Veteran and Military Affairs Committee is participating in the Marine Corp Reserve’s Toys for Tots program again this year. If you are interested in volunteering to help by hosting a drop box, collecting and/or sorting toys, please contact Anita Casey at email@example.com. Collections will be done during the month of November. Sorting and distribution will be done the first two weeks of December.
Tuesday Legal Connect
The State Bar is in need of volunteer attorneys on Tuesday evenings in December 2019 to field legal questions from the public as part of the “Tuesday Legal Connect” program. Volunteers work out of the Legal Aid of WV office located at 922 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dinner is provided. If you are interested in helping in December, please email David Frercks at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
United States Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy
The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is accepting applications for a 14-year appointment as Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia at Charleston. Applications must be completed and received no later than December 9, 2019.
By order entered on October 31, 2019, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals approved a 30-day period of public comment on the proposed amendment to the Administrative Rules for the Magistrate Courts of West Virginia. The public comment period closes on December 2, 2019. Comments are to be filed in writing with the Clerk of Court. To review the proposed rules, click here.
November 12, 2019 – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
FREE LIVE SEMINAR and Video Conference
Veterans & Military Affairs Annual CLE
and Day of Service
Host: The West Virginia State Bar’s Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.
CLE: 3 hours
Speakers: Matthew Kelley, Stephen Butera, and Christian Capece
Topics: “Board of Veterans’ Appeals, Appeals Modernization Update”, “VA Appeals Modernization”, “Federal Trade Commission Resources for Military Families”, and “Scam Alerts for West Virginia”
The seminar will be live at the Clarksburg VAMC-Room 2121 and will be broadcasted live to the Beckley VAMC – Auditorium (1st Floor), Huntington VAMC – Room 2A-100 (Walsh Conference Room) and Martinsburg VAMC – Room 1B-114 (Main Building 1st Floor) via video conference. Participants may also attend via video conference.
NOTE: Participants are encouraged to stay 30 minutes after the seminar to meet with a veterans.
November 15, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
West Virginia State Bar-Young Lawyer Section Bridge The Gap Program
About: Each new lawyer admitted to practice after July 1, 2018 will have twenty-four months after their date of admission to complete the Bridge the Gap Program.
Location: Bridgeport Conference Center – Bridgeport, WV
CLE: 7.8 hours, including 3 hours legal ethics, law office management, and substance abuse
Only Members Admitted after July 1, 2018 may attend.
For members who will be sworn into the West Virginia State Bar on October 30, 2019, please wait until after you are admitted to register for the November 15, 2019 Bridge the Gap Program. Registration will be open until November 10, 2019.
Speakers: J. E. White – “Starting Probate and WV Probate Documents”; Christopher Winton – “Ancillary Administration”; and Joshua Rogers – “Handling Claims of Creditors in Probate.”
CLE: 3 hours
Registration and more information coming soon.
SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 5-6, 2020
West Virginia State Bar’s 2020 Annual Meeting
Location: The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV
CLE: 6 hours
Cost: $150 for CLE
More information coming soon
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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