Bar Blast – October 23, 2018

October 23, 2018
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Position Open for Commissioner of WV Legislative Claims Commission
The West Virginia State Bar is seeking candidates for the position of Commissioner of the Legislature Claims Commission. The State Bar Board of Governors will nominate three (3) lawyers (the applicant should be affiliated with Democratic Party) and will submit these names to the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate for appointment to the Claims Commission. The term is for six (6) years. A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience as a licensed attorney is required. A full description of qualifications can be found in W.Va. Code Section 14-2-4 and 14-2-10, and compensation is provided for in W.Va. Code Section 14-2-8. This position involves hearing and deciding claims filed against state agencies and the Crime Victims Fund. The main offices of the Claims Commission are at the State Capitol with travel to other parts of the state for hearings. Some administrative law, mediation, or other judicial experience would be beneficial.

If you qualify for appointment, and would like to be considered for nomination, please send your resume, with any supporting information and/or letters of reference, to Anita R. Casey, Executive Director, The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Blvd., Charleston, WV 25311 or Nominations must be received by midnight, December 31, 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 or Anita Casey at

Volunteers needed for North Carolina Hurricane Relief
Lawyers across America are eligible for a pro bono opportunity made possible by a recent order of the North Carolina Supreme Court. The order permits out-of-state lawyers to temporarily provide pro bono legal services to low- to moderate-income North Carolina residents affected by Hurricane Florence.

Upcoming Events

October 23-25, 2018 – 10:30AM – 1:30PM
West Virginia State Bar Regional Meetings
CLE: 3.0 credit hours including 3.0 of ethics
For more information or to register click on the location below.
Event Date
Location Registration Deadline
10/23/2018 Beckley, WV 10/15/2018
10/24/2018 Shepherdstown, WV
*Maximum Capacity 35
10/25/2018 Moorefield, WV 10/15/2018

October 25, 2018
WV Supreme Court Candidate Forum – FREE
Host: West Virginia Women Attorneys
Location: LaBelle Theater – Charleston, WV
CLE: 2.4 total credits, including 1.2 ethics credits

ABOUT: West Virginia Women Attorneys invite you to attend a FREE WV Supreme Court Candidate Forum on October 25, 2018, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM (DOORS AT 5:30) at the LaBelle Theater in Charleston.  Register and submit potential questions for the candidates at

October 28-30, 2018
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 or by calling Ilena Thomas at 304-624-6555.

November 13, 2018 – 10AM-1PM
Veterans & Military Affairs Annual CLE & Day of Service
Host: The West Virginia State Bar Veterans & Military Affairs Committee
CLE: 3 credit hours
NOTE: To obtain credit for the seminar those attending will be expected to remain for a 60 minute walk in legal clinic.
Locations – REGISTRATION DEADLINE 11/9/2018
Huntington V.A. Medical Center – Click Here to Register
Beckley VA Medical Center – Click Here to Register
Clarksburg VA Medical Center – Click Here to Register
Martinsburg VA Medical Center – Click Here to Register

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