Bar Blast 1-7-14

January 7, 2014
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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 Other questions regarding CLE submissions should be directed to Hope Gresham, (304)553-7238 or

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.

Lawyer Referrals 

If you are unable to assist a potential client with a legal matter, please refer the individual to the lawyer referral website (  The website provides 24/7 access and allows clients to select the attorney(s) they may wish to contact both by subject area and by distance/location. Please be sure to notify your staff of this new service.  Questions?  Contact Anita Casey at

Members of the Lawyer Referral Service  

The State Bar Lawyer Referral Service Committee added additional practice areas to the referral service. To update your practice areas click here.  

The Lawyer Referral Service Committee is also looking for feedback from members on how it can improve the program.

Tax Credits Available!

The West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest seeks donations to help us fund WVU law students who want to work in summer and full-time jobs with legal aid, the public defender and other WV public interest organizations.

There is good news for our donors.  The Fund has been granted permission by the State’s Neighborhood Investment Program to give tax credits to its donors.

Donors who contribute $500 or more get half the donation back in the form of a WV tax credit.  This credit can be used by the donor against the donor’s WV personal income tax, corporate net profits tax or business franchise tax.

Upcoming Events

January 16-17, 2014

2014 Mid Winter Convention Seminar 

Location: Embassy Suites – Charleston, WV

Host: West Virginia Association for Justice

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January 17-18, 2014

WVBA’s Young Lawyers Getaway 

Location: The Greenbrier 

Host: West Virginia Bar Association

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February 7-8, 2014

WVCLE Litigation 2014 Seminar

Location: Canaan Valley Resort – Davis, WV


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May 9-10, 2014

WV State Bar Annual Meeting 

Location: Charleston, WV

Host: WV State Bar
This event has been approved for 6 hours of MCLE including 3 hours of ethics/law office technology. Details coming soon.

May 15, 2014

Finance and Estate Planning Seminar 

Location:Edgewood Country Club – Charleston, WV

Host: WV State Bar Probate Law Committee & WV Bankers Association

June 17-18, 2014

Basic Mediation Training 

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

Host: WV State Bar ADR Comittee

July 17, 2014

Advanced Mediation Training 

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

Host: WV State Bar ADR Comittee