As of September 4, 2012 if you have not paid membership dues
and submitted FRD Compliance reports, a late fee of of $25 for delinquent FRD and a separate late fee of $25 for delinquent dues payment has been automatically attached to your account. 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. The final deadline is November 19th, 2012 before suspension for nonpayment of dues and nonsubmission of the Financial Responsibility Disclusure form. For any questions concerning delinquent dues and compliance please contact Cheryl Petty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROFESSIONAL LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES
The West Virginia State Bar has been working with the Secretary of State’s Office for the past few years attempting to reconcile records of law related PLLCs. Since the State Bar has computerize many of its records, it has been easier to locate potential discrepancies between the two organization’s records. To insure that your PLLC is properly listed with both organizations, please make sure that you have renewed your organization either through online submission atwww.wvbar.org or click here for a PLLC annual renewal form. Any questions please contact Anita Casey at email@example.com.
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.
YOUNG LAWYER SECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE VACANCY
The YLS Executive Committee has a vacancy for District 10 (Mercer, Monroe, and Summers Counties). If you practice in District 10 and are interested in serving on the YLS Executive Committee, please send an email to Jason Foster at Jason.email@example.com bySeptember 31, 2012.
GREATER KANAWHA VALLEY FOUNDATION
A position on the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Board of Trustees is open. The West Virginia State Bar has been asked to recommend three potential candidates for consideration for that position. If you are a resident of Kanawha, Boone, Clay, Lincoln, Putnam or Fayette County, and are interested in serving on The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Board, please submit your resume for consideration. Resumes, with any letters of recommendation, must be received by midnight on Sunday, October 7 and can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by US Postal mail addressed to The West Virginia State Bar, Attention: Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Nominations, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, WV 25311. The State Bar’s Board of Governors will select up to three candidates, for consideration by the Foundation’s Nominating Committee, at the Board of Governors meeting on October 26-27. To view the expectations of the Foundation for the Trustee position click here. Questions concerning the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation or serving on its Board should be directed to Becky Ceperley, President and CEO, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, 304-346-3620.
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 2-25: STATE BAR REGIONAL MEETINGS
The State Bar will begin its annual set of Regional Meetings onOctober 2, 2012. The meetings are scheduled for:
Wheeling – October 2
Parkersburg – October 3
Huntington – October 4
Bridgeport – October 16
Moorefield – October 17
Martinsburg – October 18
Beckley – October 23
Charleston – October 24
Morgantown – October 25
The meetings will begin at 10:30 a.m., include a lunch, and should end by 1:30 p.m. The meetings will provide a total of 3.0 MCLE credit hours in legal ethics, office management, substance abuse and/or elimination of bias. The cost is $100 per person. A copy of the agenda and a listing of specific locations for the meetings will be provided at a later date.
NOVEMBER 9, 2012 – VETERANS AND MILITARY AFFAIRS – FREE SEMINAR/WEBINAR
The West Virginia State Bar’s Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Legal Aid of West Virginia, is sponsoring a free seminar/webinar. The seminar/webinar will be presented/broadcast on November 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Three (3) CLE credits will be available. Details on the presentations, locations, and registration information will be available soon. If you have questions in the interim, contact Anita Casey at email@example.com or 304-558-7993.
Thank you to all speaker at the Advanced Mediation Training in Bridgeport on July 29, 2021. Kwame Christian, M. A. Esq., American Negotiation Institute, LLC, gave a great presentation on "Moving Through Mediation." He is pictured during his presentation and with past President Monica Nassif Haddad. Also in attendance and pictured below are past Bar Presidents Robert M. Steptoe, Jr., Debra H. Scudiere, Elliot G. Hicks, Monica Nassif Haddad, and Judge Michael J. Aloi. ... See MoreSee Less
The WV State Bar is pleased to announce this month’s MoreThanALawyer recipient, Duane Ruggier, a litigation attorney with Pullin Fowler Flanagan Brown & Poe, PLLC in Charleston, who has relentlessly advocated for a more accessible West Virginia to those challenged with a physical handicap. Duane was nominated by Vic Flanagan and Monica Nassif Haddad. Read below for Duane’s inspiring story.***************************************************************************Duane Ruggier was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his first year of law school in 1995. Duane, a high school athlete in basketball, soccer and tennis, went from walking and running normally to “walking the walls” and then using a cane, a walking rollator and now, a power chair. Despite his diagnosis, Duane continued to be a strong advocate for maintaining an active and productive lifestyle despite one’s disability. “I have never thought that things get better by just sitting on the couch worrying about your problems. I have always believed that it is better for you, your family and your State to get up and go to work no matter what your particular malady is.” Duane has devoted significant time and effort to the National MS Society and in making West Virginia more accessible to his fellow disabled individuals. “Though I knew that I had to first provide for my family, it was also important for me to help those with MS and to make our State more accessible to all individuals. If you are not in a wheelchair then you just can’t understand that a three-inch curb might as well be 10 feet high or that a bathroom without grab bars prevents you from using the bathroom or that having to park at the back of the parking lot is too far of a distance to actually make it to the courthouse.” Duane’s practice requires him to travel throughout the State, exposing him to many courthouses and businesses. “Wherever I go I try to make a positive change if I can.” With Duane’s advocacy he has been able to bring about changes to facilities such as courthouses, hotels, restaurants, schools and shopping centers including handicapped parking spaces at the Federal Courthouse in Charleston, the Harrison County Courthouse, Hurricane Middle School, Hurricane City Hall, CAMC General and at convenience stores, hotels and law firms around the state. He was also pivotal in creating handicapped bathrooms at the West Virginia Supreme Court, the West Virginia State Bar, CAMC Teays Valley, Logan County Courthouse, and in many law firms and restaurants. Duane is relentless in his quest for accessibility for the handicapped. Duane also serves on the West Virginia Access to Justice Committee where he has assisted with garnering over $500,000 in ADA improvements to West Virginia courthouses. Dan Kimble, Director of the WV Access to Justice Commission, praises Duane: “As a member of the Access to Justice Commission, Duane has been invaluable in helping the Commission members, WVU College of Law students, government officials and the public, gain awareness to the barriers that limit the full potential of those with handicapping conditions. The great thing about Duane is that he doesn’t just see the barriers; he goes through them!” As a member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Multiple Sclerosis Society, Duane is a frequent speaker and advocate regarding Multiple Sclerosis. With the assistance of his law firm, he has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the MS Society with their involvement in the MS 150 Bike Race, Dinner of Champions, MS Art Auction and the Women on the Move Luncheon. In 2015, the Inaugural Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament was first held at the Berry Hills Golf Club in Charleston, WV with all proceeds from the tournament going to benefit the MS Society. The annual tournament is supported by attorneys from all across the State of West Virginia from both the Plaintiff and Defense bars and hosts golfers from as far away as California and Texas and even Sweden. This year’s Sixth Annual Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament will be held at the Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country Club in Teays Valley, WV on October 11, 2021. Please contact Duane if you are interested in participating or sponsoring at firstname.lastname@example.org.Duane resides in Hurricane with his wife, Jennifer. He is grateful for the support of his wife and children, Duane III, Anthony, Isabella, Gabriel and Hannah. “When you have MS, the entire family has MS, and I am more than blessed to have an entire family behind me.” Thank you Duane, for your relentless advocacy improving the quality of life and ensuring the legal rights of those challenged by disability and for being so much More Than A Lawyer.*****************************************************************************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