The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has a distinctive employment opportunity, available immediately — Deputy Clerk of Court. The position reports directly to the Clerk of Court of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and is an integral part of the Office of the Clerk of Court. The Deputy Clerk assists the Clerk of Court with various aspects of court operations, including opinion and order processing, case management, and the effective use of information technology. The Deputy Clerk also assists in the supervision of employees within the Office of the Clerk of Court, provides guidance and direction to the public and members of the Bar, and renders legal analysis with regard to court rules, lawyer admission and disciplinary matters, as well as other duties as assigned by the Clerk. Click here for more information.
Criminal Justice Act Panel Seeking Applicants
The United States District Court for Southern District of West Virginia is currently accepting applications for appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Panel. Members in good standing of the federal bar of the Southern District who have relevant experience and a desire to provide quality representation to indigent defendants in a variety of criminal matters are encouraged to review the current CJA Plan and access a PDF-fillable application from the Court’s website at www.wvsd.uscourts.gov. Both documents are located under the CJA tab. The application is located under the subsection “CJA Panel”. Applications are due by October 20, 2017
and can be submitted via regular mail or emailed to Angie Volk, CJA Supervising Attorney for the Southern District, firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Volk is also available to answer any questions regarding the application process via email or by calling 304-347-3191.
Las Vegas: Pro Bono Help Needed
The Nevada Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission is seeking one or more West Virginia lawyers who are willing to offer pro bono consultations to West Virginia victims and their families who were caught up in the recent Las Vegas tragedy. The consultation would deal with “the immediate, near term civil needs related to the emergency and not personal injury/lawsuits, etc.”
Interested bar members should provide their contact information by Monday, October 23, to the West Virginia Access to Justice Commission, c/o Professor Charles DiSalvo, at email@example.com.
The State Bar Center will be sponsoring an opening reception to showcase the work of Charleston Catholic High School seniors at the State Bar Center on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. The showcase is part of a continuing collaborative partnership between the State Bar and local high schools & colleges. Click here for more information
Office of Disciplinary Counsel
The Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit a lawyer from engaging in criminal conduct and prohibit lawyers from counseling a client to engage, or assisting a client, in conduct that the lawyer knows to be in violation of federal law. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act and under the CSA, it is illegal to manufacture, distribute or dispense a controlled substance. Cultivating, the sale of, or use of marijuana, even for medicinal purposes, violates federal law regardless of whether it is permitted by state law. As such, absent an amendment to the relevant rules, because the use, possession, and distribution of marijuana in any form violates federal law, attorneys are advised that engaging in such conduct or assisting others to engage in such conduct may result in federal prosecution and may trigger disciplinary proceedings.
Adoption of 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 Judicial and Lawyer Assistance Program
At a Regular Term of the Supreme Court of Appeals continued and held at Charleston, Kanawha County, on the 20th day of September, 2017, the following order was made and entered. Click here to view the order.
Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendment to Rule 5 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure for the Magistrate Courts of West Virginia
At a At a Regular Term of the Supreme Court of Appeals continued and held at Charleston, Kanawha County, on the 20th day of September, 2017, the following order was made and entered. Click here to view the order
Adoption of Amendment to Rule 9.0 of the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law in West Virginia
At a Regular Term of the Supreme Court of Appeals, continued and held at Charleston, Kanawha County, on September 20, 2017, the following order was made and entered:
If you have any questions, contact Candy Fahey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-242-2300. Or contact Rober J. Krall@hmhy.com or 304-242-2300
October 29-31, 2017
68th Annual Meeting of The WV Tax Institue
16.2 Hours of CLE and CPE credit, including 2-hours of ethics
Hosts: The West Virginia Tax Institute, The West Virginia State Bar’s State and Federal Taxation Committee, The West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia University College of Law and College of Business and Economics
Location: Embassy Suites, Charleston, WV
Further information, including registration information, can be found at www.wvtaxinstitute.com or by calling Ilena Thomas at 304-624-6555.
November 3, 2017
Family Law Committee Meeting
Location: State Bar Center, Charleston, WV
Contact: Lyne Ranson at Lyne@lyneranson.com
Save the Date: November 9, 2017
3-Hours General Credit
Host: WV State Bar Veterans and Military Affairs Committee
Location: Huntington Veterans Administration facility and broadcast statewide via video conference
Speakers and Topics:
Matthew Kelly and Stephen Butera presenting “An overview of Department of Veterans Affairs and Associated Veterans Benefits” and “An Introduction to Veterans Benefits.”
Maj. Scott Applegate presenting “Howell Not to Muddle Up a Military Divorce.”
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