October 7-30, 2014: The West Virginia State Bar will hold nine Regional Meetings this fall. These meetings will provide 3.0 Continuing Legal Education credits in the areas of ethics, office management, substance abuse, and/or elimination of bias. The seminars have only been approved for CLE credit in West Virginia. Lunch will be included at each meeting. Each Regional Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last until, approximately, 1:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per person. One of The State Bar’s Officers will attend each meeting.
Help Our Veterans and Military Members AND Get TWO FREE HOURS of CLE Credit
The State Bar’s Veterans and Military Affairs Committee is offering two hours of CLE credit on Monday, November 10, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The two hour seminar, addressing veteran’s issues, will be held at Legal Aid of West Virginia’s Charleston office. The interactive seminar will be broadcast to 11 other Legal Aid offices throughout the State. Credit for a LIVE presentation will be given. In exchange for the two hours of credit, all participating attorneys will be asked to spend one hour (from 3:00 to 4:00 on November 10) responding to phone calls from our veterans and military members. The call in will be similar to the State Bar’s Tuesday Legal Connect. Pre-registration for the seminar is essential to insure that the Legal Aid office where you plan to attend the seminar has sufficient seating space.
HIPAA Preemption Analysis The WV Executive Branch recently updated its HIPAA Preemption analysis. There is also a summary and flow chart explaining the mechanics of HIPAA preemption. Additionally, the Executive Branch’s Privacy Requirements document was recently updated, and provides a summary of all privacy laws impacting the enterprise. Both are revised annually to support the Executive Branch’s internal privacy compliance, and may be useful to others as a resource. Any questions may be directed to Sallie Milam, WV’s Chief Privacy Officer, at 304-558-7000.
Court of ClaimsA position will be open for Judge of the West Virginia Court of Claims. The State Bar Board of Governors will nominate three (3) lawyers (the applicant may not be affiliated with the Democratic Party) and will submit these names to the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate for appointment to the Court. The term is for six (6) years. A description of qualifications can be found in WV Code Section 14-2-4 and 10 and Section 14-2-8 (compensation).
If you qualify for appointment, and would like to be considered for nomination, please send your resume, with any supporting information and/or letters of reference, to Anita R. Casey, Executive Director, The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Blvd, Charleston, WV 25311 or email@example.com. Nominations must be RECEIVED by midnight,Monday, October 27, 2014.
West Virginia Online Legal Help-New Pro Bono OpportunityThe West Virginia State Bar is excited to announce a new opportunity for attorneys to provide pro bono assistance to the public anytime, from anywhere. West Virginia Online Legal Help(www.wvonlinelegalhelp.org)is a new website where low-income West Virginians can post questions about their civil legal needs. The questions are answered by volunteer attorneys, who provide basic information and legal advice for free.We need West Virginia attorneys to sign up to volunteer. The benefits of volunteering include:
No expectation of long-term representation.
Professional liability insurance provided.
Attorney’s name is anonymous to user.
Please go to www.wvonlinelegalhelp.org and click on “Lawyers Sign Up” to register to volunteer. We hope to open the website to questions from the public in September 2014.
Recent Rules OrdersAmendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct and Rule 8 of the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law will become effective January 1, 2015. West Virginia State Bar Administrative Rule 10 related to client trust accounts becomes effective Sept 29, 2014.Click here for copies of the rule orders
Proposed Amendments to Rule 12 of Administrative Rules for the Magistrate Courts The Court is requesting Public Comment on Proposed Revisions to Rule 12 of Administrative Rules for the Magistrate Courts of West Virginia. Comments must be filed in writing, with the Clerk of the Court on or before October 27, 2014.
Public Comment for Rule 15A.04The Court is Requesting Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Rule 15A.04 of the West Virginia Trial Court Rules. Comments must be filed in writing on or before the deadline of October 31, 2014, with the Clerk of the Court.Click here for a copy of the order
REGISTRATION : Pre-registration is required for the training. Once space is full, a waiting list will be implemented, so please register as early as possible. PLEASE REGISTER NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014, TO ENSURE ENOUGH SEATING AND MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL ATTENDEES.
– To register for the November 10, 2014, Civic Center Charleston location, click here.
– To register for the November 13, 2014, Waterfront Place Morgantown location, click here.
Although these are difficult and uncertain times we don’t want to miss highlighting an attorney who is MoreThanA Lawyer. Sharing the good work of our attorneys will always be a priority and Brandy Bell portrays the best in helping her community beyond her practice of law at Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC. Here is her story. ******************************************* Brandy resides in Bridgeport, WV, with her family and practices law in Morgantown. Beyond her duties of her practice and as a wife and mother of two, Brandy exemplifies how our lawyers give back to their communities with her many volunteer activities. “My husband and I feel strongly about giving back and supporting our local schools, youth sports programs, church, and community.” She is active with her children’s pre-school and elementary school serving on their boards and organizing fundraisers and events to address the needs of students and teachers, whether funding for a playground or calm areas in the school, or supporting the local backpack programs. As a member of several youth sports programs Brandy also strives to ensure that every child has the opportunity to find passion in what they love. Brandy also invests her time and energy in the @GFWC Bridgeport Junior Woman’s Club which is dedicated to community improvement, including the organization of water walks to raise awareness of clean water issues that impact areas around the world, raising funds for WVU Children’s Hospital and providing scholarships to students who also participate in community service. Brandy was nominated by her law partner, Shannon Smith.
Thank you, Brandy, for your dedication to these volunteer organizations and the children 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