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 email@example.com, (304)553-7238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
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