BAR BLAST 10-16-2012

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Delinquent Dues & FRD Compliance Reporting 

If you have not paid membership dues and submitted FRD Compliance reports, you are past due and owe late fees. If requirements are not met by November 19, 2012, your membership status will be moved to suspended for nonpayment and/or noncompliance.

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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.

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Free Legal Assistance Available for Storm Survivors

A toll-free legal aid line is taking calls from those impacted by this summer’s derecho in designated West Virginia counties.

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Lawyer Disciplinary Board Updates

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. On September 14, 2012 the Board also issued L.E.O. 2012-01 and an order that vacates outdated Legal Ethics Opinions.

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WV L.A.P. Seeks Volunteers

The West Virginia Lawyer Assistance Program (WVLAP) Board of Directors would like to hear from those interested in serving as a volunteer.

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Criminal Justice Act Panel & Training Panel Applications
The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia is currently accepting applications for appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Panel and Training Panel.

WV Law Review Updates

The West Virginia Law Review would like to inform you of some upcoming events. More Information 

Social Networking Committee
The State Bar is looking for members that would be interested in joining the social networking committee. Please contact Mike Mellace for more information.
Upcoming Events

OCTOBER 16-25 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
West Virginia State Bar Regional Meetings

Locations: Bridgeport – October 16, Moorefield – October 17,  Martinsburg – October 18, Beckley – October 23,  Charleston – October 24, Morgantown – October 25

CLE: 3.0 MCLE credit hours in legal ethics, office management, substance abuse and elimination of bias.

Register via paper form or Register and pay online

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OCTOBER 19, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

Investiture Ceremony of U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh

Location: Shepherd University Recital Hall

OCTOBER 19-20, 2012  

Family Law Seminar

Location: The WVU College of Law, Morgantown, WV

CLE: 10.0, including 1.2 ethics credits

Sponsor: WVCLE

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OCTOBER 20-21, 2012

Shepherdstown Civil Rights Drama

Location: Shepherd University’s Frank Arts Center

Sponsor: West Virginia Bar Foundation & The J.R. Clifford Project

For more information go to or call 304-345-7663.

OCTOBER 27, 2012 

WVU College of Law Race for Justice

LOCATION: WVU College of Law, Morgantown, WV

Sponsor: The Student Bar Association

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NOVEMBER 2, 2012 

Lunch and Laughs With a Legend

LOCATION: Erickson Alumni Center – Morgantown, WV

Sponsor: The WV Bar Foundation

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NOVEMBER 2-3, 2012  

Solo and Small Firm Conference 

Location: The WVU College of Law, Morgantown, WV

CLE: 10.0, including 2.2 ethics credits and up to 7.3 office management credits

Sponsor: WVCLE

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NOVEMBER 9, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Veterans & Military Affairs – Free Seminar / Webinar

Locaton: Any internet connection or Live on location at: Lewisburg, Logan, Elkins, Morgantown, Princeton, Wheeling, Parkersburg, Charleston, Clarksburg, Huntington, Beckley, & Martinsburg.

CLE: 3.0 credits

Sponsor: WV State Bar Veterans & Military Affairs Committee

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NOVEMBER 14 & 16, 2012 
Court Sponsored GAL Training – Registration Now Open!

NOVEMBER 16-17, 2012  

Shale Gas Law Seminar

Location: The WVU College of Law, Morgantown, WV

CLE: 9.1, including 1.2 ethics credits

Sponsor: WVCLE

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