The Bar Center will remain closed through the end of the year for all in-person access. Bar members will not be allowed in the Bar Center to pay membership dues, complete reporting requirements, or report CLE credits. Bar Members are directed to complete the same via their membership portals. Bar staff will remain available, via telephone or email, during normal operating hours to answer questions. The Bar can be reached by calling 304-553-7220.
The 2018-2020 CLE reporting period ends on September 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. No further extensions will be given for this reporting period. You will be required to pay a $50 late fee before any credits can be reported after October 1, 2020. Suspension procedures will commence on that date for CLE noncompliance.
Opening on Workers’ Compensation Board of Review
The Workers’ Compensation Board of Review Nominating Committee is accepting letters of interest for
an opening on the Board of Review. The six-year term will begin January 1, 2021. Letters of interest
should identify the political party and county of residence and provide supporting documents, including
letters of reference. Letters of interest are to be mailed to Anita R. Casey, Executive Director, West
Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, West Virginia 25311 and have a postmark date
on or before WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2020 or emailed to email@example.com by 11:59 p.m. on
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2020. To review the legal authority, purpose, seat restrictions,
compensation, and other information on the Board of Review click here. To review the applicable code
Questions may be directed to Brian Abraham at 304-558-2000.
The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
Staff Attorney Announcement
Justice Beth Walker of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is accepting applications for a term Staff Attorney (Law Clerk) beginning August 1, 2021. Click here for more information
West Virginia Courts Transition to Microsoft Teams for
Remote Hearings and Proceedings
West Virginia courts are transitioning from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams over the next two months. Below is information to assist you with participating in remote hearings and proceedings scheduled by the courts during the transition.
Until October 31, 2020, courts will have the ability to schedule with both Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams.
After this date, all new remote hearings will be scheduled in Microsoft Teams.
Any Skype for Business meeting scheduled before October 31, 2020 will continue to function as expected after this deadline.
You can join on the Web without downloading special software, however, you can also join via the Teams app, if available.
The Teams app is available for smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices, and the app simplifies participation on these devices.
A Microsoft Teams Quick Guide for Participants is available on the West Virginia Judiciary website. Click on the Remote Hearing Information link under the Lower Courts section of the Home Page.
Requests for Public Comment
REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS
TO RULE 14 OF THE STATE BAR ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
By order entered on August 13, 2020, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals approved a request for public comment on proposed amendments to Rule 14, Succession Planning, of the West Virginia State Bar Administrative Rules. The amendments would expand the requirements under the Rule from solo practitioners to include law firms or legal entities of five or fewer lawyers. Comments must be filed in writing with the Clerk of the Court on or before September 18, 2020.
The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Dwane L. Tinsley, at Charleston, West Virginia, is due to expire on April 7, 2021. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight-year term.
The duties of a magistrate judge in this district include the following: (1) conducting most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conducting various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on referral from the judges of the district court; and (4) conducting trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants.
Comments are invited from members of the bar and the public as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court. Comments should be directed to:
Thomas A. Heywood, Chairman
Bowles Rice LLP
PO Box 1386
Charleston, WV 25325
Comments must be received by October 9, 2020.
September 16, 2020 – Webinar
9:00 a.m. to noon
CONSUMER, DATA BREACH, AND PRIVACY LAW IN WV
CLAIMS – DEFENSES – RESOLUTION
Location: Live Webinar
Troy N. Giatras, Esq. The Giatras Law Firm
M. David Griffith, Jr., Esq., Thomas, Combs & Spann, PLLC
The 2018-2020 reporting period has been extended to September 30, 2020. All CLEs must be completed and reported by that date.
The reporting period for 2020-2022 begins on July 1, 2020. The extension of the 2018-2020 reporting period does not affect the start date of the 2020-2022 reporting period.
Attorneys who are in compliance for the 2018-2020 reporting period by June 30, 2020 should begin reporting any CLE credits completed after July 1, 2020 to the 2020-2022 reporting period.
Attorneys who are not in compliance for the 2018-2020 reporting period should continue to report credits to the 2018-2020 reporting period until such time as you are in compliance. You need a minimum of 24 credits, including at least 3 in legal ethics/law office mgmt./attorney well-being/elimination of bias in the legal profession. Any credits completed after you are in compliance for the 2018-2020 reporting period and after July 1, 2020 should be reported to the 2020-2022 reporting period.
If you exceed the minimum CLE requirements for the 2018-2020 reporting period, a maximum of 6 general credits are carried over to the 2020-2022 reporting period. Credits in the ethics categories do not carryover.
Course credits cannot be split between reporting periods.
Please check your CLE transcripts for accuracy and for pending CLE credits submitted by CLE sponsors that require your confirmation. Credits are not included in your CLE total until they are confirmed and added to your CLE transcript.
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