Bar Blast – October 31, 2017

October 31, 2017
Free CLE: Veterans and Military Affairs Nov. 9
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Opening on Worker’s Compensation Board of Review
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  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.

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.

 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  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.

Art Exhibition
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.
Upcoming Events

November 3, 2017
Family Law Committee Meeting
Location: State Bar Center, Charleston, WV
Contact: Lyne Ranson at

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.”

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
6-Hours CLE Credit