The West Virginia State Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Commission is pleased to announce that The State Bar’s database for submission of Continuing Legal Education credits is up and running. The new database allows members to 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. The online submission process is much more efficient and effective for both the member and the Bar and will provide the CLE Coordinator with more time to dedicate to significant member services. The CLE Commission is providing membership with notice that, 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 atMCLE_Commission@wvbar.org. Other questions regarding CLE submissions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, (304)553-7238 or email@example.com.
Pro Bono Celebration Week Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared October 20th – 26th to beNational Pro-Bono Celebration Week. National Pro Bono Celebration Week is a coordinated effort to showcase the great differences that pro bono lawyers make to the people of West Virginia, highlighted opportunities for pro bono service to help those who cannot afford legal assistance, recruit and train more pro bono volunteers and acknowledge the partnerships that form the basis for many of the West Virginia Bar’s most successful pro bono efforts. Click here to see the proclamation.
Request for Public Comment
Request for public comment on the Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, the Guidelines for Children’s Guardians Ad Litemin Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, and the required form Guardian Ad Litem Report.
By order entered October 15, 2013, the Court approved a period of public comment on proposed amendments to the Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, the Guidelines for Children’s Guardians Ad Litem in Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, and a required form Guardian Ad Litem Report. Comments may be filed, in writing, with the Clerk of Court, on or before January 13, 2014.
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 6th Judicial Circuit serving Cabell County. Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. onNovember 8, 2013. Applications and instructions are available at www.governor.wv.gov. To contact the Commission regarding the application process, please call Janet Shelton at 304-558-2000. Interviews will be scheduled for and held on December 3, 2013.
Criminal Law Committee Meeting: November 12th
The Criminal Law Committee is pleased to announce that State Senator Corey Palumbo (Judiciary Chair) will present a seminar on the bills passed by the 2013 legislature, and discuss issues which are anticipated to come before the 2014 legislature at the State Bar Center at noon on November 12. One (1) hour of CLE credit will be given for the seminar. The seminar will be limited to the first 35 registrants. Lunch will be provided for Criminal Law Committee members who pre-register for the session. To sign up, click here. Questions: contact John Mitchell, Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you are unable to assist a potential client with a legal matter, please refer the individual to the lawyer referral website (www.wvlawyerreferral.org). 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. Although the website does not yet contain detailed information on practice areas, the Bar is working on supplementing information of general interest, by subject area, and providing links to services and other websites which may be used by the potential client to evaluate whether a referral to an attorney is needed. Please be sure to notify your staff of this new service. Questions? Contact Anita Casey at email@example.com.
Shale Gas Law Speakers include: William J. Leon, Joel E. Symonds, Erin E. Magee, Joseph L. Jenkins, Rodney W. Stieger, Rachel L. Fletcher Cipoletti, Armando Benincasa, and Sean Cassidy. This seminar is accredited for 9.2 WV MCLE credits, including 1.2 ethics credits.
Location: WVU Medical Center – Charleston Division, Charleston, WV; Attend via Distant Learning Technology at: WVU Medical Center – Eastern Division, Martinsburg, WV and WVU Medical Center – Morgantown Division, Morgantown, WV
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