2019 National Celebration of Pro Bono Attorneys

October 20-26, 2019: To help celebrate the 2019 National Pro Bono week, The West Virginia State Bar invites it’s Bar members to participate in one of our committee sponsored volunteer programs. Since 2014, over 140 West Virginia licensed attorneys have volunteered their time to answer 2,300+ civil legal questions through West Virginia Free Legal Answers. Also, each year West Virginia licensed attorneys answer 1,000 telephone calls through Tuesday Legal Connect.

How to Get Involved:

Tuesday Legal Connect– Every Tuesday evening, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., West Virginia State Bar members volunteer their time to answer questions on a toll-free telephone line. If you would like to participate in Tuesday Legal Connect as an attorney, contact Tina Roberts at 304-343-3013 ext. 2159.

 West Virginia Free Legal Answers – Eligible users post legal questions to a private messaging system. The questions are answered by volunteer attorneys.  If you would like to participate as a volunteer attorney, please click here to register. 

STUDENT ART WORK DISPLAY

The State Bar is pleased to announce the exhibition of the art work of Saint Joseph Central Catholic High School students at the State Bar Center.  The students’ oil on canvas display of 17 pieces will be available for viewing until the end of December 2019.   Thank you is extended to the talented students and their art instructor, Sherri Holtzapfel, for lending the art work to The State Bar.

SCHEDULE YOUR NEXT MEETING AT THE WV STATE BAR’S CONFERENCE CENTER

The renovations to the State Bar’s Training Center have been completed and can be reserved by Bar members. The Training Center is located on the lower level of the State Bar Center and has the capacity to accommodate up to 35 attendees. If an attendee is unable to use stairs from the first floor to the lower level, the attendee may drive down the driveway on the far side of the Bar Center and enter the building at the bottom of the driveway. The Training Center has a kitchen area that can be used for food service and has handicap accessible restrooms. Any Bar member who wants to reserve the Training Center room or one of the other smaller conference rooms, may contact the West Virginia State Bar at 304-553-7220.

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