The primary purpose of the West Virginia Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel is to protect the public, to reassure the public as to the reliability and integrity of attorneys, and to safeguard its interests in the administration of justice. The public expects lawyers to exhibit the highest standards of integrity and honesty. Lawyers have a duty not to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, or interference with the administration of justice. Lawyers are officers of the court and must operate within the bounds of the law and act in a manner to maintain the integrity of the Bar.
In light of the recent events, the Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel reminds citizens that there are strict rules that prohibit lawyers or anyone acting on behalf of a lawyer or a law firm from direct in-person or telephone solicitation with prospective clients that the lawyer or law firm has no family or prior professional relationship. Additionally, a lawyer or law firm is permitted to directly solicit prospective clients by mail or by recorded communication, but it must clearly designated as “Advertising Material” and may not involve coercion, duress or harassment.
Violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct should be reported to the West Virginia Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel. You may contact the Office at 304-558-7999 and you may access the website at www.wvodc.org.
WVAJ Mid-Winter Convention Continuing As Scheduled
The West Virginia Association for Justice Mid-Winter Convention and Seminar will be able to continue this week as scheduled. It is planned January 16 – 17 at Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston. Onsite registration is available. For more information or if you have questions, call (304)344-0692 or visit the event website.
2014 State Bar Membership Directory
The 2014 edition of the membership directory should be available in February. If you wish to order a paper version click here for the order form.
CLE Online Submissions
The State Bar’s database for submission of Continuing Legal Education credits is up and running. Members may enter their own CLE credits and obtain an immediate confirmation that the submissions have been received. Members will be able to select the seminar attended from a list of seminars approved by the Commission. Effective January 1, 2014, there will be a $10.00 processing fee assessed on all paper submissions. A check to cover input of the data must accompany the submission. Questions regarding the fee should be directed to the CLE Commission at MCLE_Commission@wvbar.org. Other questions regarding CLE submissions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, (304)553-7238 or email@example.com.
Intellectual Property Law Committee
The State Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Committee is seeking a chairperson. If you are interested in serving as chairperson, and revitalizing the Committee’s activities, please contact Anita Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-553-7228.
Supreme Court Order
The Administrative Office of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has set the interest rate at 7.00% percent for judgments and decrees entered during the 2014 calendar year. Click here for the order.