Bar Blast – September 26, 2017

September 26, 2017
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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

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

Southern District Chief Judge
On September 5, 2017, United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston succeeded Judge Robert C. Chambers as the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Chief Judge Johnston will serve a term of seven years as chief judge.

Criminal Justice Act Panel Seeking Applicants
The United States District Court for Southern District of West Virginia is currently accepting applications for appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Panel.  Members in good standing of the federal bar of the Southern District who have relevant experience and a desire to provide quality representation to indigent defendants in a variety of criminal matters are encouraged to review the current CJA Plan and access a PDF-fillable application from the Court’s website at  Both documents are located under the CJA tab.  The application is located under the subsection “CJA Panel”.   Applications are due by October 20, 2017

and can be submitted via regular mail or emailed to  Angie Volk, CJA Supervising Attorney for the Southern District, Ms. Volk is also available to answer any questions regarding the application process via email or by calling 304-347-3191.
Public Comment

Adoption of Amendment to Rule 9.0 of the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law in West Virginia 
 At a Regular Term of the Supreme Court of Appeals, continued and held at Charleston, Kanawha County, on September 20, 2017, the following order was made and entered:

Adoption of Amendment to the West Virginia Trial Court Rules, to add Rule 18 – Docket No. 16-RULES-17
 At a Regular Term of the Supreme Court of Appeals, continued and held at Charleston, Kanawha County, on September 20, 2017, the following order was made and entered:
Upcoming Events

FREE CLE: Flood Relief Seminar
October 17, 2017 
2.4-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 and Topics: 
Ann Haight-Warnings about contractors, price gouging, and charities
Tammy Bowles Raines-Flood Insurance
Thomas Hancock-Dealing with FEMA appeals
Kate White-Landlord/tenant and government benefits available in a disaster

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
3-Hours General Credit
Host: WV State Bar Veterans and Military Affairs Committee
Location: Huntington Veterans Administration facility and broadcast statewide via 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