New State Bar Officers and Members

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Charleston, wv, APRIL 8, 2019:  The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce new officers and members of The West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors for 2019-2020. New officers are Ann L. Haight – President, Charleston; Monica N. Haddad – President-Elect, Morgantown; and Thomas E. Scarr – Vice-President, Huntington.

Newly Elected Members of the State Bar’s Board of Governors are: Mark A. Kepple, Wheeling; Adam E. Barney, Moundsville; Aaron C. Boone, Parkersburg; Tanya Hunt Handley, Point Pleasant; and David D. Amsbary, Huntington.

Newly elected officers of the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee are Nicole A. Cofer – Chairperson, Charleston; Eric M. Hayhurst – Vice-Chairperson, Morgantown; and Angela N. Brunicardi-Doss – Secretary, Parkersburg.

New Members of the Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee are: Jordan M. Laird, Wheeling; Rachel J. Cornell, Middlebourne; and Laci B. Browning, Huntington.

West Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting and Seminar

The West Virginia State Bar held its Annual Meeting and Seminar on April 7-8, 2019 at the Embassy Suites, Charleston, West Virginia. Speakers included Justice Adrienne Nelson from the Oregon Supreme Court, Terry Harrell, Chief Justice Elizabeth Walker, Bruce Hennes, Brian Moore, Katherine Capito, and Kanawha County Circuit Judges Joanna Tabit. The seminar was successful and saw a very good turnout.  Thank you to the speakers, attendees and sponsors for making the seminar a success.

LAWS – Legal Advancement for West Virginia Students

The Supreme Court invites attorneys to contact their local high schools and middle schools and offer to help students learn about the appellate court system and prepare for LAWS, which is available statewide for the first time this year. LAWS – Legal Advancement for West Virginia Students – is a civic education program in which the Supreme Court holds an argument docket at a county courthouse about once a year and invites students from that area to attend.  The LAWS docket this year will be April 9 at the Morgan County Courthouse in Berkeley Springs. As always, the arguments will be  webcast live.  This year for the first time, the webcast will be recorded and kept on the West Virginia Judiciary YouTube Channel so that students anywhere can watch during their normal class times.  The cases and documents filed in the cases also are available on the West Virginia Judiciary website.Questions should be directed to Jennifer Bundy at 304-340-2305 or jennifer.bundy@courtswv.gov

Phishing Emails Impersonating State Bar Staff

Throughout January 2019 there have been reports from members receiving emails from fraudulent email accounts attempting to impersonate a State Bar staff member. If you receive one of these emails please mark it as spam and delete the message.

The State Bar does not email invoices to members unless the member completes a form requesting to pay via check on our membership website www.mywvbar.org.

 

Below is an example of one of the emails received by a State Bar member.

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From: The West Virginia State Bar <c.castro@corporacionurimar.com>
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2019 8:29 AM
To: ———————
Subject: Re: Invoice #18204 Message

Please see attached and thanks!

I have enclosed a copy of the invoice for your reference, you can download view using this link

The West Virginia State Bar
mellacem@wvbar.org