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

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


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


From: The West Virginia State Bar <>
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

Member Art Display

The State Bar is pleased to announce the exhibition of the art work of State Bar Member Bill Gerwig at the State Bar Center. Mr. Gerwig’s oil on canvas display of 20 pieces will be available for viewing until the end of May 2019.

West Virginia Free Legal Answers 2018  Pro Bono Leaders

The State Bar’s Legal Outreach Committee wishes to recognize the ABA Free Legal Answers 2018 Pro Bono Leaders. On January 24, 2019 the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, awarded Dawn White of Berkeley Springs, WV and Nigel Jeffries of Charleston, WV as ABA Free Legal Answers 2018 Pro Bono Leaders.
The Committee presents this annual recognition to individual attorneys, law firms, and law departments tha have provided extraordinary pro bono services through West Virginia Free Legal Answers. Both attorneys each individually answered more than 100 civil legal questions in the 2018 calendar year. Through their exceptional pro bono assistance they are helping ensure that the low income community is receiving the legal help they need.
If you are interested in participating as an attorney with WV Free Legal Answers Click Here
To refer someone in need of legal assistance through West Virginia Free Legal Answers Click Here

Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Elections 

Nominating petitions for Districts 1,2,3,4 and 5 were sent out to active members on January 15, 2019. Nominating Petitions must be received, by mail, email or fax no later than midnight  February 11, 2019, by the Executive Director of The West Virginia State Bar.

District County List
District 1: Brooke, Hancock and Ohio
District 2: Marshall, Pleasants, Tyler and Wetzel
District 3: Calhoun, Gilmer, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood
District 4: Clay, Jackson, Mason, Putnam and Roane
District 5: Cabell and Wayne

Click Here for the State Bar Board of Governors Nominating Petition

Click Here for the State Bar Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee Nominating Petition