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 email@example.com.
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR APPOINTMENT OF NEW MAGISTRATE JUDGE
The Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges System of the Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States magistrate judge for the Southern District of West Virginia at Charleston. The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging: (1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of various pretrial matters, including discovery, and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge; and (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. The basic authority of a United States magistrate judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636. You may view the entire public notice and obtain the application form atwww.wvsd.uscourts.gov. Applications must be submitted only by applicants personally and must be received by October 15, 2012.
FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR STORM SURVIVORS
A toll-free legal aid line is taking calls from survivors of this summer’s derecho in designated West Virginia counties. These counties are Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments. The service, which allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer, is a partnership between the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (www.abanet.org/disaster), Legal Aid of West Virginia (www.disasterlegalaid.org) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (www.fema.gov).
Survivors facing legal issues may call 877-331-4259 24 hours a day to the message line to request assistance. Phone lines are staffed during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and callers may leave a message after those times. Callers should identify that they are seeking FEMA legal assistance, and should identify what county they are located in. Survivors who qualify for assistance will be matched with West Virginia lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help.
The type of legal assistance available includes:
Assistance with securing FEMA and other government benefits available to disaster survivors
Assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims
Help with home repair contracts and contractors
Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster
Assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures
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.
NEW ORDER: September 14, 2012 – the Lawyer Disciplinary Board issued the following Order which vacates outdated Legal Ethics Opinions.
WV LAP SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
The West Virginia Supreme Court recently enacted Rules of the West Virginia Lawyer Assistance Program (WVLAP). These rules establish a program designed to provide help for lawyers who suffer from any physical or mental health condition that may affect their ability to practice law. Rule 4 addresses ‘volunteers’ and permits the enlistment of “volunteer lawyers and judges whose responsibilities may include: assisting in interventions; serving as twelve-step program sponsors and/or recovery mentors; acting as local contact for members of the legal profession seeking help from the WVLAP; acting as a contact between WVLAP and the courts, the Lawyer Disciplinary Board, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, and other State bar organizations, committees, and law schools; providing compliance monitoring as may be appropriate; and performing any other function deemed appropriate and necessary by the Board to fulfill its purposes.”
The WVLAP Board of Directors would like to hear from those interested in serving as a volunteer. One of the first functions the Board hopes to establish with the assistance of such volunteers is development and implementation of lawyer support groups throughout the state.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT PANEL AND TRAINING PANEL APPLICATIONS
The United States District Court for Southern District of West Virginiais currently accepting applications for appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Panel and Training Panel. Members in good standing of the federal bar of the Southern District who have relevant experience and a desire to provide quality representation to indigent defendants in a variety of criminal matters are encouraged to review the current CJA Plan and access an application from the Court’s website at www.wvsd.uscourts.gov or click here for an application. Both documents are located in the CJA section and include complete eligibility requirements. Attorneys who lack relevant experience but are interested in federal criminal defense work may apply for the Training Panel. Applications are due by November 16, 2012. Angie Volk, CJA Supervising Attorney for the Southern District, is available to address any questions at 304-347-3191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STATE BAR REGIONAL MEETINGS
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. CLICK HERE for the agenda.
OCTOBER 19, 2012 – INVESTITURE CEREMONY OF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE GINA M. GROH
The Judges of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of WestVirginia cordially invite you to attend the formal investiture ceremony of United States District Judge Gina M. Groh onFriday, October 19, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at Shepherd University, Frank Center – Shipley Recital Hall, 100 West Campus Drive, Shepherdstown, WV. A reception will follow at the Shepherd University Wellness Center. There will be security present at the ceremony. Security regulations require each individual to show an official photo identification before being granted access. No guns or weapons of any kind will be permitted in the building. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by October 12, 2012, to Kim A. Criswell at (304)234-0380 or email@example.com.
OCTOBER 19-20, 2012 – FAMILY LAW SEMINAR
WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present the “Family Law” seminar on October 19-20, 2012, live at the WVU College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia. Speakers include: Lyne Ranson, Andrew S. Nason, The Honorable Patricia Keller, Professor Marjorie McDiarmid, The Honorable David P. Greenberg, Professor Kendra Fershee, Andrea J. Hinerman, J. Jeffrey Culpepper, The Honorable Sally G. Jackson, Lorraine M. Eckard, Dean Dawson, Lisa Lynn, Roger A. Griffith, and Daniel L. Selby. This seminar is accredited for 10.0 WV MCLE credits, including 1.2 ethics credits. It is also accredited for 8.0 OH MCLE credits, including 1.0 ethics credits, 8.25 KY MCLE credits, including 1.0 ethics credits, and 8.5 PA MCLE credits, including 1.0 ethics credits. The seminar begins at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning and adjourns at 11:20 a.m. Saturday morning. If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HEREor call (304) 293-7255.
OCTOBER 20-21, 2012 – SHEPHERDSTOWN CIVIL RIGHTS DRAMA
The J.R. Clifford Project, with support from the West Virginia Bar Foundation, is presenting two free performances of “A New Home for Liberty: Human Rights, Slavery, and the Creation of West Virginia” at Shepherd University’s Frank Arts Center, on Saturday and Sunday,October 20 and 21. Delegate John Doyle will portray the Chairman of the 1861-63 Wheeling Convention; the community cast includes Circuit Judge David Sanders, County Commissioner Dale Manuel, Magistrates Bill Senseney and Gail Boober, former Delegate and Minority Leader Charles S. Trump, Senior Justice Larry Starcher, and State Senator John Unger. For more information and to reserve seats, go to www.jrclifford.org or call 304-345-7663.
OCTOBER 27, 2012 – WVU COLLEGE OF LAW RACE FOR JUSTICE
The Student Bar Association at the WVU College of Law is hosting its 5K run/walk “Race for Justice” on Saturday, October 27 in Morgantown, WV. The SBA invites all West Virginia State Bar members to register to run or walk; CLICK HERE to register. The SBA also seeks donations from bar members to serve as sponsors for the race. Click Here for the donor registration form. All proceeds from this race benefit WV Senior Legal Aid.
If you have any questions, wish to register or wish to serve as a sponsor, please contact: Matthew F. Chase at
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.Speakers will include LTC Kelly D. Ambrose, MIL NG WV ARNG, whose topic is “Camouflage doesn’t hide everything: Avoiding discrimination and malpractice with military members”; Stephen Butera and Matthew Kelly, of the Department of Veterans Affairs, who will speak about the unique mental health and substance abuse issues veterans encounter, with an emphasis on the legal ramifications of the same; and Gary Pullin and Gene Bailey, whose topic is “An Overview of the Legal Obligations Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA).” Details on the locations and registration information will be available soon. If you have questions in the interim, contact Anita Casey firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-558-7993.
Locations of Live Webinar: Lewisburg, Logan, Elkins, Morgantown, Princeton, Wheeling, Parkersburg, Charleston, Clarksburg, Huntington, Beckley, and we are trying to obtain a location in Martinsburg.
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, and November 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.
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 email@example.com.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