The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 1st Judicial Circuit Court serving Ohio, Brooke and Hancock Counties. The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is also currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 12th Judicial Circuit Court serving Fayette County. Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 9, 2018. The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is October 16, 2018. Applications and instructions are available at www.governor.wv.gov. For more information about the application process, please call Ashley Summitt at 304-558-2000. Interviews will be held in Charleston on October 23 and 24, 2018.
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 this year. Most activities will take place in late October to mid November. If you are interested in volunteering to help by hosting a drop box, collecting and/or sorting toys at the Reserve Center, please contact Committee Co-chairperson Lew Brewer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anita Casey at email@example.com.
Criminal Justice Act Panel Applications
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 criminal defense 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 or you may click here for the application.
Applications are due by October 19, 2018 and can be submitted via email to Angie Volk, CJA Supervising Attorney for the Southern District, at 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.
Task Force on the Future of the Law
The State Bar’s Task Force on the Future of the Law (FOL) Technology Subcommittee is examining changes in the practice of law springing from technology. What is coming to challenge and disrupt our practices? What is welcome? How will we respond and adapt? Working groups on (1) limited scope representation (e.g., unbundling, coaching, ghost writing) and (2) law practice security are soliciting additional members. The subcommittee’s monthly telephonic meetings are riveting. If you are interested, please contact Jill McIntyre (email@example.com).
ABA Issues Ethics Opinion on Attorney
Readiness in Times of Disaster
The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has issued Formal Opinion 482, Lawyers Obligations Related to Disasters.
69th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Tax Institute
Host: The West Virginia Tax Institute
Location: Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place -Morgantown, WV
CLE: 16.4 credit hours including 1.0 of ethics
Further information, including registration information, can be found at www.wvtaxinstitute.com or by calling Ilena Thomas at 304-624-6555.
November 13, 2018 – 10AM-1PM
FREE AND LIVE SEMINAR
Veterans & Military Affairs Annual CLE
Host: The West Virginia State Bar Veterans & Military Affairs Committee
Location: Huntington V.A. Medical Center – Huntington, WV
CLE: 3 credit hours
Registration & Agenda 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