Members of the Workers Compensation Board of Review Nominating Committee are accepting applications for a Board of Review opening. Applications should be sent to Anita R. Casey, Executive Director, West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, West Virginia 25311 or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be RECEIVED by NOON on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. To review the legal authority, purpose, seat restrictions, compensation and other information on the Board of Review click here.
SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNSEL POSITION
The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has a unique employment opportunity, available immediately – Associate Administrative Counsel. The position reports directly to the Court’s Administrative Counsel and, under their direction, provides legal guidance to the Administrative Director of the Courts on all issues managed by the Administrative Office, including employment issues, contract issues, policy and procedural matters, management of outside counsel, and other legal tasks consistent with the management and administration of a 1400-employee entity. For more information click here and here.
Deputy Clerk of Court Position Announcement
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.
1ST FAMILY COURT CIRCUIT VACANCY
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the First Family Court Circuit serving Ohio, Brooke, and Hancock Counties. Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017. The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Applications and instructions are available at www.governor.wv.gov. For more information about the application process, please call Manda Bickoff at 304-558-2000. Interviews will be held in Charleston on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
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.
National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being
The National Task Force Report and Recommendations are currently under review by The WV State Bar, The Court and WVJLAP to determine how best to proceed with the implementation of steps to facilitate a cultural shift within the legal profession (from law school to large firms and everything in between, including secured leave rules, CLE rules, lawyer discipline and other items).
To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer. The Report reveals that too many lawyers are experiencing chronic stress, high rates of depression and substance abuse. These findings are incompatible with a sustainable legal practice, raising troubling implications for many members of the legal profession. For more information click here.
November 3, 2017
Family Law Committee Meeting
Location: State Bar Center, Charleston, WV
Contact: Lyne Ranson at Lyne@lyneranson.com
Free CLE: November 9, 2017
3-Hours General Credit
Host: WV State Bar Veterans and Military Affairs Committee
Beckley VA Medical Center
Clarksburg – Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center
Huntington VA Medical Center
Martinsburg VA Medical Center
State Bar Center in Charleston, WV
Online as a 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.”
Thank you to all speaker at the Advanced Mediation Training in Bridgeport on July 29, 2021. Kwame Christian, M. A. Esq., American Negotiation Institute, LLC, gave a great presentation on "Moving Through Mediation." He is pictured during his presentation and with past President Monica Nassif Haddad. Also in attendance and pictured below are past Bar Presidents Robert M. Steptoe, Jr., Debra H. Scudiere, Elliot G. Hicks, Monica Nassif Haddad, and Judge Michael J. Aloi. ... See MoreSee Less
The WV State Bar is pleased to announce this month’s MoreThanALawyer recipient, Duane Ruggier, a litigation attorney with Pullin Fowler Flanagan Brown & Poe, PLLC in Charleston, who has relentlessly advocated for a more accessible West Virginia to those challenged with a physical handicap. Duane was nominated by Vic Flanagan and Monica Nassif Haddad. Read below for Duane’s inspiring story.***************************************************************************Duane Ruggier was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his first year of law school in 1995. Duane, a high school athlete in basketball, soccer and tennis, went from walking and running normally to “walking the walls” and then using a cane, a walking rollator and now, a power chair. Despite his diagnosis, Duane continued to be a strong advocate for maintaining an active and productive lifestyle despite one’s disability. “I have never thought that things get better by just sitting on the couch worrying about your problems. I have always believed that it is better for you, your family and your State to get up and go to work no matter what your particular malady is.” Duane has devoted significant time and effort to the National MS Society and in making West Virginia more accessible to his fellow disabled individuals. “Though I knew that I had to first provide for my family, it was also important for me to help those with MS and to make our State more accessible to all individuals. If you are not in a wheelchair then you just can’t understand that a three-inch curb might as well be 10 feet high or that a bathroom without grab bars prevents you from using the bathroom or that having to park at the back of the parking lot is too far of a distance to actually make it to the courthouse.” Duane’s practice requires him to travel throughout the State, exposing him to many courthouses and businesses. “Wherever I go I try to make a positive change if I can.” With Duane’s advocacy he has been able to bring about changes to facilities such as courthouses, hotels, restaurants, schools and shopping centers including handicapped parking spaces at the Federal Courthouse in Charleston, the Harrison County Courthouse, Hurricane Middle School, Hurricane City Hall, CAMC General and at convenience stores, hotels and law firms around the state. He was also pivotal in creating handicapped bathrooms at the West Virginia Supreme Court, the West Virginia State Bar, CAMC Teays Valley, Logan County Courthouse, and in many law firms and restaurants. Duane is relentless in his quest for accessibility for the handicapped. Duane also serves on the West Virginia Access to Justice Committee where he has assisted with garnering over $500,000 in ADA improvements to West Virginia courthouses. Dan Kimble, Director of the WV Access to Justice Commission, praises Duane: “As a member of the Access to Justice Commission, Duane has been invaluable in helping the Commission members, WVU College of Law students, government officials and the public, gain awareness to the barriers that limit the full potential of those with handicapping conditions. The great thing about Duane is that he doesn’t just see the barriers; he goes through them!” As a member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Multiple Sclerosis Society, Duane is a frequent speaker and advocate regarding Multiple Sclerosis. With the assistance of his law firm, he has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the MS Society with their involvement in the MS 150 Bike Race, Dinner of Champions, MS Art Auction and the Women on the Move Luncheon. In 2015, the Inaugural Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament was first held at the Berry Hills Golf Club in Charleston, WV with all proceeds from the tournament going to benefit the MS Society. The annual tournament is supported by attorneys from all across the State of West Virginia from both the Plaintiff and Defense bars and hosts golfers from as far away as California and Texas and even Sweden. This year’s Sixth Annual Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament will be held at the Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country Club in Teays Valley, WV on October 11, 2021. Please contact Duane if you are interested in participating or sponsoring at email@example.com.Duane resides in Hurricane with his wife, Jennifer. He is grateful for the support of his wife and children, Duane III, Anthony, Isabella, Gabriel and Hannah. “When you have MS, the entire family has MS, and I am more than blessed to have an entire family behind me.” Thank you Duane, for your relentless advocacy improving the quality of life and ensuring the legal rights of those challenged by disability and for being so much More Than A Lawyer.*****************************************************************************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