Click here for a list that identifies books in the U. S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Parkersburg that have been determined to be excess and are available at no cost. All titles are ten to twelve years out of date. If a Bar member is interested in obtaining any of the books, please contact Kris Gerencir at 304-347-3101 by November 20 to arrange a time to pick up the books in Parkersburg.
Lawyer Referral Service Updates
The State Bar Lawyer Referral Service Committee addedadditional practice areas to the referral service. To update your practice areas click here.
The West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Board, End of Practice Committee, announces the completion and approval of Establishing a Succession Plan: A Guide to Protecting your Clients’ Interests in the Event of Your Disability, Retirement, or Death.
Attorneys can take advantage of a once-a-year opportunity during November by enrolling in the West Virginia State Bar-endorsed medical insurance program regardless of their health history or current health condition. Open Enrollment Ends November 30, 2013.
Vacancy in the 26th Family Court Circuit, Putnam County
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the family law judge vacancy for the 26th Family Court Circuit serving Putnam County. Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 2013.Applications and instructions are available atwww.governor.wv.gov. To contact the Commission regarding the application process, please call Janet Shelton at 304-558-2000. Interviews will be scheduled for and held on Monday,December 16, 2013.
West Virginia Secretary of State Announcement: New Online Business Filing Options are Available!
In addition to new Business Filings and Annual Reports, now Trade Names, Officer/Address Changes, and Terminations/ Cancellations for Limited Liability Companies, Professional Limited Labiality Companies and Limited Partnerships can be filed online through West Virginia’s online filings portal –www.Business4wv.com. It is available 24/7, pay conveniently and securely with credit card or eCheck, and instantly download filing acknowledgement. Improve efficiency and shorten filing time by days. Give it a try! Questions? Contact Penney Barker, Manager, Business and Licensing Division firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 304-558-8000.
Young Lawyers Participate in WV Law Adventure
The State Bar Young Lawyers Section will participate with the Supreme Court of Appeals in a program for fifth grade through high school students endorsed by the WV Board of Education.
The Young Lawyers’ Executive Committee is seeking nominations for the District 10 (Mercer, Monroe and Summers Counties) and District 11 (Fayette, Greenbrier, and Nicholas Counties) positions. Nominees must be members in good standing with the State Bar who have been sworn to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and who are 35 years of age or under, or members admitted to practice ten years or less prior to the State Bar’s annual meeting. Additionally, nominees must have an office in the District which they are nominated. Nominations will be accepted untilNovember 15th. Please forward nominations to Jacqueline Sikora at email@example.com.
Young Lawyers Section Update
Linnsey Amores, Kevin Baker and Kameron Miller, of the W. Va. State Bar Young Lawyers Section, coordinated a luncheon on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, in Kanawha County with the Honorable Irene Berger and Honorable Tod J. Kaufman about the practice of law and litigating in state and federal court. The WV State Bar Young Lawyers Committee would like to thank Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown and Poe, PLLC for providing lunch for this event.
Establishment of Unified Electronic Filing System
Request for Comments on Proposed Amendments to the West Virginia Trial Court Rules, Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Criminal Procedure –
On October 29, 2013, Matt Arrowood, Director of Circuit Clerk Services, presented proposed amendments to the West Virginia Trial Court Rules, West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure, and Rules of Criminal Procedure, all to establish the Unified Electronic Filing System.
The Court did provisionally approve said amendments, as well as a period of public comment on the proposed amendments. Additions are indicated by underlining. Comments may be filed in writing with the Clerk of this Court on or before
Request for public comment on the Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, the Guidelines for Children’s Guardians Ad Litemin Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, and the required form Guardian Ad Litem Report.
By order entered October 15, 2013, the Court approved a period of public comment on proposed amendments to the Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, the Guidelines for Children’s Guardians Ad Litem in Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, and a required form Guardian Ad Litem Report. Comments may be filed, in writing, with the Clerk of Court, on or before January 13, 2014.
The Lawyer Disciplinary Board approved the following L.E.O. at its October 25, 2013 meeting: L.E.O. 2013-02 Potential Conflicts of Interest for Federal Government or Military Attorneys Defending Agencies Against Furlough-related Complaints Click Here for the L.E.O
Location: WVU Medical Center – Charleston Division, Charleston, WV; Attend via Distant Learning Technology at: WVU Medical Center – Eastern Division, Martinsburg, WV and WVU Medical Center – Morgantown Division, Morgantown, WV
This time of year we are especially thankful for our attorneys who have always given back to their communities. This month’s MoreThanALawyer Natalie Sal exemplifies the best in West Virginia attorneys with her generous giving of her time in both her legal practice and her private life. Read more about our Thanksgiving MoreThanALawyer below. ********************************************************************* Community service and engagement have always been a priority in Natalie Sal’s life. She and her Morgantown firm Sal Sellaro Culpepper Legal Group routinely provide pro bono legal services for clients of the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC), WV Legal Aid, and WV Bar’s Legal Connect, and they have received multiple awards in recognition of their many years of pro bono service. Passionate about helping children and families, Natalie has served as a member of the West Virginia Court Improvement Oversight Board (charged with working state-wide to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system) and frequently presents at continuing legal education conferences statewide on issues relating to child welfare.
Natalie’s philosophy – that the generous sharing of our time and talents is essential for our community to thrive – has been every bit as much a driving force in her private life. She is on the Board of Directors of Christian Help, a local nonprofit providing necessities and services to area residents, and is a consultant for The Pantry Plus More, another local nonprofit whose mission is to help provide food, clothing, and other necessities to school-aged children. Natalie spent over 18 years as a frequent volunteer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, providing both extensive on-air volunteer assistance and off-air support for television and radio fund drives. She encourages others to become involved with the various community organizations and efforts addressing the challenges facing families in West Virginia, believing that, "Our collective wisdom is so much greater than that of any one of us alone."
As a mother of two amazing children (and volunteers-in-training), Natalie is an extremely active volunteer and fundraiser for Morgantown Learning Academy, her children’s nonprofit school, and serves on the affiliated Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Advisory Board that oversees the unique Mountain SOL outdoor education program. With a deep love of science and an engineering background, Natalie and her husband also promote science engagement and education for children in the community. From her daily social media “Cool Science Fact” to coaching FIRST Lego Robotics to providing occasional hands-on science exhibitions at area schools and daycare programs, Natalie encourages adults and children alike to get involved and to “Play science!”
Thank you, Natalie, for your dedication to pro bono service and to these volunteer organizations and the families they serve. You make us proud! ****************************************************** What is our MoreThanALawyer campaign all about? It highlights all the ways West Virginia’s attorneys impact lives within and outside of their profession. West Virginia's lawyers are service members, volunteers, mentors, coaches, musicians and committed advocates. In all of these roles, they make a difference in their community. Each month we share a MoreThanALawyer story on West Virginia State Bar’s Facebook and Twitter pages. ... See MoreSee Less