BAR BLAST 10-8-2013

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October 8, 2013
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State Bar Regional Meetings
These meetings will provide 3.0 Continuing Legal Education credits in the areas of ethics, office management and substance abuse. Lunch will be included at each meeting.
Each Regional Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last until 1:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per person. One of The State Bar’s Officers will attend each meeting.
Oct. 22 – Beckley
Oct. 9 – Morgantown Oct. 23 –  Martinsburg
Oct. 10 – Bridgeport  Oct. 24 – Moorefield

For online registration click here
Click here for the agenda 

Annual Membership Reporting and Fees 2013-14  


Active Members who have not completed annual reporting and paid fees, will be assessed an automatic penalty of $25.00 for late reporting of your Financial Responsibility Disclosure and a separate penalty of $25.00 for late payment of fees. If you would like to verify your payment click here. If you have not completed these requirements, Click here for instructions. Click here for a video tutorial on how to submit. 

A notice was mailed on September 20th to all active memberswho have not completed both their reporting and fee payment. On November 21st, members will be automatically suspended and may not engage in the practice of law until reinstated.

 If you wish to pay and report by paper, forms are available onThe State Bar’s website. There is a $10.00 processing fee for all paper submissions, which must be paid at the time of submission. Members who wish to file online and select to pay by check are not subject to the $10 processing fee.

Questions?  Contact Anita Casey.

Attorney General Outside Counsel Requests

The Office of the West Virginia Attorney General is encouraging qualified law firms and attorneys to submit proposals for several Requests for Proposal that are currently pending on the Attorney General’s website.  Click here for a specific list the Office is seeking outside counsel legal services to represent the State for.

Attorneys with questions may contact Deputy Attorney General Richie Heath by phone at (304) 558-2021, or you can e-mail questions to

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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 .

Free Civil Rights Program

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 6:00 PM and again at 7:30 PM, at Wheeling’s Independence Hall, the J.R. Clifford Project will present “A New Home for Liberty,” a community historical drama about West Virginia Statehood and civil rights.  The cast includes Senior Justice Larry Starcher, Fairmont attorney Greg Hinton, and local legal professionals.  For more information and to reserve seats, go to, or call 304-541-4494.

Government Lawyers Reception

All lawyers representing government agencies, including federal, state and local agencies and all administrative law judges are invited to a reception and cash bar at the Charleston offices of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, 901 Quarrier Street, on October 25th, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Government lawyers comprise the largest group within the West Virginia State Bar and the Government Lawyers Committee is providing governmental lawyers this networking opportunity. Please come and join us. RSVP to by October 22nd.

Questions Contact: Martha HillSally Milam, or Barb Baxter

West Virginia Public Defender Guidelines

The West Virginia Public Defender services has published new guidelines for determining the eligibility of individuals for the representation that is made available under the provisions of Article 21 of Chapter 29 of the West Virginia Code.  The guidelines took effect on October 1, 2013.

Click here for the new guidelines.

WV Health Care Authority Law Practice Fellowship

The Network for Public Health Law and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are receiving applications for the Visiting Attorney, Public Health Law Practice Fellowship. This program offers J.D.s the opportunity to develop skills and competencies in practice-based public health law that will advance their careers in the field and prepare them for employment within local, state, federal or tribal public health organizations.
For more information about these fellowships and the application process click here. Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2013. For a description of all the host sites, including the West Virginia State Privacy Office host site click here.  Questions?

Contact or 651-695-7636

Upcoming Events

October 18-19, 2013
Update on the Law

Location: WVU College of Law


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October 20-22, 2013
64th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Tax Institute

Location: Glade Springs, Daniels, WV

Host: WV Tax Institute – The West Virginia Bar Association, The West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accounts, The College of Law, the College of Business and Economics and West Virginia University.

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November 8-9, 2013
Shale Gas Law 

Location: WVU College of Law


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