Bar Blast -October 29, 2019

October 29, 2019
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As we wish Hope Gresham well in her retirement, the Bar thanks her for her dedicated service to its members. Hope is retiring October 30, 2019. The Bar also welcomes its new Compliance Coordinator, Angela Volk, who will be handling continuing legal education and membership. Angie can be reached at 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 –
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, or check for updates by opening your Zoom app window, clicking 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
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 caseya@wvbar.orgCollections 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 as soon as possible.  
Upcoming Events
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 VA Medical Center and will be broadcasted live to the Beckley, Huntington and Martinsburg VA Medical Centers via video conference.  Participants may also attend via video conference.
Locations and Registration:
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. 
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.
JANUARY 29, 2020 1:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.
Free & Live Seminar/Webinar
Host: The WV State Bar Probate Law Committee
Location: The State Bar Conference Center
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.
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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