As of Septemeber 4, 2012 if you have not paid membership dues
and submitted FRD Compliance reports then you will be charged a late fee of $25 for delinquent FRD and $25 for delinquent payment. If you need a replacement dues notice, FRD compliance form, or IOLTA compliance form please click here. Your State Bar number should be placed on all forms submitted. If you previously registered and have not completed payment and submission of FRD & IOLTA compliance forms please submit your information via paper form. For any questions concerning online submissions please contact Mike Mellace at MellaceM@wvbar.org.
LAWYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The West Virginia State Bar is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director of the newly organized West Virginia
Lawyer Assistance Program (“WVLAP”). The ideal applicant will be an experienced attorney with recovery experience. However, experienced, credentialed professionals with an advanced degree in an appropriate field such as addiction, mental health, or employee assistance will be considered. Applicants should understand the problems of professionals experiencing impairments such as substance abuse, addiction, gambling, mental/emotional issues, and other potentially debilitating conditions. Superior communications and organizational skills are required, as is knowledge of evaluation and treatment methods. PEIA health insurance, state retirement plan and other benefits are included or available. The Executive Director will report to and be supervised by the WVLAP Board of Directors. As an employee of the West Virginia State Bar, the WVLAP Executive Director will be precluded from engaging in the private practice of law. Applications, in the form of a resume, with references, must be received on or before Monday, October 1, 2012 and should be sent to: WVLAP, The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, West Virginia 25311-1231 or emailed with attention to WVLAP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAWYER DISCIPLINARY BOARD REQUEST FOR COMMENTS: SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT COMMITTEE
The Lawyer Disciplinary Board has received a request for an opinion concerning the “indemnify and hold harmless” language contained in settlement agreements. The Committee has drafted an L.E.O. to address this issue, and is soliciting public comments thereon. Click here for a copy of the L.E.O. Please submit your written comments to the Settlement Agreement Committee, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304. Deadline for submissions: October 12, 2012.
JUDICIAL APPOINTMENT TO THE COURT OF CLAIMS
The West Virginia State Bar is seeking candidates for the position of Judge of the Court of Claims. If interested, provide a resume to the State Bar on or before December 31, 2012. The resume should be sent – Attention: Court of Claims, 2000 Deitrick Blvd, Charleston, WV 25311. The Speaker and the President will make the appointment from a list of three candidates recommended by the Board of Governors of the State Bar. A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience as a licensed attorney is required. This position involves hearing and deciding claims filed against state agencies and the Crime Victims Fund. The main offices of the Court are at the State Capitol with travel to other parts of the state for hearings. Some administrative law, mediation, or other judicial experience would be beneficial. SeeW.VA. CODE §14-2-4,8,9, & 10 AND §14-2A-1 ET AL.
Questions: Contact Cheryle Hall at 304.347.4851
SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2012 – WVCLE INSURANCE LAW SEMINAR
WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present the “Insurance Law” seminar on September 21-22, 2012, live at the WVU College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia. Speakers include: Professor Thomas C. Cady, Ancil G. Ramey, Vincent J. King, John J. Polak, Eric J. Hulett, Cheryl A. Fisher, Paul K. Reese, John R. McGhee, Erika Klie Kolenich, Thomas J. Hurney, and Burke A. Christensen. This seminar is accredited for 9.6 WV MCLE credits, including 1.2 Ethics credits. The seminar begins at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning and adjourns at 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning. If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or call (304) 293-7255.
SEPTEMBER 23-25 – 63RD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE WEST VIRGINIA TAX INSTITUTE
The West Virginia Tax Institute, sponsored by The West Virginia Bar Association, The West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accounts, The College of Law, the College of Business and Economics and West Virginia University, will present the 63rd Annual Meeting beginning Sunday evening, September 23, 2012 and continuing through 12:30 pm on Tuesday afternoon, September 25, 2012 at The Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown, West Virginia. Lynn Nichols will kick off the seminar on Sunday evening with the recent Federal Tax Updates. Monday will include topics on the anticipated 2013 estate tax changes, Capitalization Regs under 263 topic, R&D Credit, FBAR FATCA Reporting Issues, Independent and Ethical Consideration in Tax Practice, What’s Happening on Capitol Hill and Employee vs Independent Contractor issues. Tuesday’s program will be dominated by the West Virginia State Tax Department, but will also include a topic on the Marcellus Shale, as well as the West Virginia Uniform Trust Code. This seminar qualifies for 16 hours of CLE and CPE, including 2 hours of ethics. Further information, including registration information, can be found at www.wvtaxinstitute.com or by calling Ilena Thomas at 304-624-6555.
SEPTEMBER 25 & 26, 2012 – UNITED STATES NORTHERN DISTRICT COURT CM/ECF SYSTEM TRAINING
**DUE TO THE HIGH DEMAND FOR THESE CLASSES, TWO ADDITIONAL SESSIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED IN MARTINSBURG
The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia requires all attorneys to electronically file all pleadings, using the Court’s Case Management Electronic Filing System (referred to as CM/ECF). The Court is offering a two and one half hour (2 1/2) training course for attorneys and/or their support staff on use of the CM/ECF filing system on September 25 & 26 at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Martinsburg Point of Holding Court. The Session will be held in the Magistrate Judge Courtroom, on the 1st Floor.
Attorneys and/or staff may attend one class. Attorneys completing the 2 1/2 hour class will earn 3 CLE credits for office management. There is no charge for the classes. Reservations are required, as there is a limit of 12 students per class. Wednesday, September 19, is the last day to make a reservation. Interested parties please
SEPTEMBER 28-29, 2012 – UPDATE ON THE LAW SEMINAR FEATURING BAYLOR UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT KENNETH W. STARR
WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present the “Update on the Law” seminar on September 28-29, 2012, live at the WVU College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia. We are honored to have Baylor President Kenneth W. Starr as our keynote faculty. Judge Starr has served as U.S. Solicitor General of the United States, as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, and as Independent Counsel for five federal investigations. Other speakers include: Professor Thomas C. Cady, Marcia Broughton, Andrew S. Graham, Gerald W. Townsend, Professor Robert M. Bastress, Briana J. Marino, Renee N. Frymyer, Professor Marjorie McDiarmid, and Charles D. Dunbar. This seminar is accredited for 8.6 WV MCLE credits, including 1.0 ethics credits. We have also applied for MCLE credits in OH, PA, KY, and VA. The seminar begins at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning and adjourns at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning. If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or call (304) 293-7255.
OCTOBER 23, 2012 – TRI-STATE TAX INSTITUTE
The 55th annual tax seminar sponsored by the Tri-State Tax Institute
and Wheeling Jesuit University will be held on October 23, 2012 on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling. Our featured presentation this year is Jeffrey Wright, tax leader in the oil and gas industry practice of Deloitte & Touche’s Houston, Texas office, speaking on Oil and Gas Tax Considerations from the Landowner’s Perspective. Other topics include Creative Charitable Planning with Non-Cash Assets, Economic Update, Ethics, and Income Tax Legislation Update. For additional information on the program and to register click here. If you have questions, contact Cathy Rector at Wheeling Jesuit University email@example.com. You may also contact Robert J. Krall, Esq., Chairman of the Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-242-2300. CLE credits are approved for West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, including an hour of ethics credit.
NOVEMBER 14 & 16, 2012 – COURT-SPONSORED GAL TRAINING – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Registration is open for guardian ad litem (GAL) training sponsored by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. The training will take place November 14, 2012, at the Charleston Civic Center, andNovember 16, 2012, at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. All attorneys who wish to be appointed as family court GALs must have this training before January 1, 2013. All attorneys who want to be appointed as GALs in child abuse/neglect cases must have approved training before July 1, 2013. This training will satisfy the requirements for both types of GALs. There is no registration fee, but online pre-registration is required. To register for the Charleston training, please CLICK HERE. To register for the Morgantown training, please CLICK HERE.
Although these are difficult and uncertain times we don’t want to miss highlighting an attorney who is MoreThanA Lawyer. Sharing the good work of our attorneys will always be a priority and Brandy Bell portrays the best in helping her community beyond her practice of law at Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC. Here is her story. ******************************************* Brandy resides in Bridgeport, WV, with her family and practices law in Morgantown. Beyond her duties of her practice and as a wife and mother of two, Brandy exemplifies how our lawyers give back to their communities with her many volunteer activities. “My husband and I feel strongly about giving back and supporting our local schools, youth sports programs, church, and community.” She is active with her children’s pre-school and elementary school serving on their boards and organizing fundraisers and events to address the needs of students and teachers, whether funding for a playground or calm areas in the school, or supporting the local backpack programs. As a member of several youth sports programs Brandy also strives to ensure that every child has the opportunity to find passion in what they love. Brandy also invests her time and energy in the @GFWC Bridgeport Junior Woman’s Club which is dedicated to community improvement, including the organization of water walks to raise awareness of clean water issues that impact areas around the world, raising funds for WVU Children’s Hospital and providing scholarships to students who also participate in community service. Brandy was nominated by her law partner, Shannon Smith.
Thank you, Brandy, for your dedication to these volunteer organizations and the children 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