Bar Blast – September 12, 2017

September 12, 2017
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Volunteers Needed
The State Bar is in need of volunteer attorneys on Tuesday evenings in September 2017 to field legal questions from the public as part of the “Tuesday Legal Connect” program.
Volunteers would work out of the Legal Aid of WV office located at 922 Quarrier Street in Charleston from 5:30pm-8:00pm.
If you would be interest in helping in September, please email David Frercks at as soon as possible.

Expedited Service at Secretary of State’s Office
Effective September 7, 2017, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office will provide expedited services through a separate fee for business filings filed at any of the Secretary of State’s business locations, as permitted through the passage of Senate Bill 547, West Virginia Code section 59-1-2(k). For more information, click here to visit the Secretary of State’s website.

Position Announcement
The Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of West Virginia, at Charleston, is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender.  The Federal Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services to indigent persons in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts. Click here for more information
Upcoming Events

September 15, 2017-11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend
Charity Roast of WVU Provost and former WVU College of Law Dean Joyce McConnell
Host: WV Bar Foundation
Location: Erickson Alumni Center-Morgantown, WV

September 19-20, 2017
Improving Behavior, Improving Lives
15.6-Hours MCLE Credit
Improving Behavior, Improving Lives is designed to engage professionals across systems, including those in the fields of mental health, juvenile justice, and child and family services, as well as advocacy and family groups serving individuals with multiple challenges and/or who have experienced trauma
Host: WV Department of Health & Human Resources
Location: Summersville Arena and Convention Center
Click here for more inforamtion and to register for the conference.

Free CLE: Eviction-Landlord Tenant Law
September 27, 2017 
3-Hours General Credit
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar
Location: State Bar Center. The seminar will also be broadcast statewide via phone and video conference.
Speakers: Susana Duarte, Bruce Perrone, Sam Hanna

October 3-26, 2017
2017 State Bar Regional Meetings
Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar
3-Hours CLE credit in law office management, elimination of bias and ethics
*The State Bar may have different instructors at the various locations. The order of presentation may also vary. Each session will be fifty minutes of instruction time.

Trust Accounts 101
Presenters: Counsel from the West Virginia Office of Disciplinary Counsel

A Guide to the CourtPlus Initiative
Presenters: Personnel from the Division of Circuit Clerk Services at the Supreme Court of Appeals

The Stranger in Yourself

Recognizing and Exploring Bias in Today’s Culture
Presenter: LTC Kelly Ambrose, Staff Judge Advocate – United States Army
Dates & Locations: All meetings will be held from 10:30am-1:30pm
October 3 – University of Charleston – Charleston
October 4 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington
October 5 – The Blennerhassett – Parkersburg
October 10 – Tamarack – Beckley
October 11 – McFarland House – Martinsburg
October 12 – South Branch Inn – Moorefield
October 13 – Giovanni’s – Chapmanville
October 24 – Oliverio’s Restorante – Bridgeport
October 25 – Lakeview Resort – Morgantown
October 26 – River City Ale Works – Wheeling

October 24, 2017
60th Annual Tax Seminar 
Host: Tri-State Tax Institute
Location: Wheeling Jesuit University
If you have any questions, contact Candy Fahey at or 304-242-2300. Or contact Rober J. or 304-242-2300

October 29-31, 2017
68th Annual Meeting of The WV Tax Institue 
16.2 Hours of CLE and CPE credit, including 2-hours of ethics
Hosts: The West Virginia Tax Institute, The West Virginia State Bar’s State and Federal Taxation Committee, The West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia University College of Law and College of Business and Economics
Location: Embassy Suites, Charleston, WV
Further information, including registration information, can be found at or by calling Ilena Thomas at 304-624-6555.

Save the Date: November 9, 2017
Free CLE
3-Hours General Credit
Host: Veterans and Military Affairs
Location: Huntington Veterans Administration facility and broadcast statewide via video conference
Matthew Kelly and Stephen Butera presenting “An overview of Department of Veterans Affairs and Associated Veterans Benefits” and “An Introduction to Veterans Benefits.”
Scott Applegate presenting “Howell Not to Muddle Up a Military Divorce.”

Save the Date: January 24, 2018
Free CLE
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
2018 Annual Gathering at the Greenbrier
6-Hours CLE Credit