The American Bar Association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services is conducting an examination of various topics related to the public’s access to legal services in the United States. Its explanation of the study and its solicitation of comments may be accessed by clicking here. Your comments may then be offered to the Commission by submission to Debra Scudiere, the State Bar’s Representative to the ABA House of Delegates, by December 5, 2014, by sending her an e-mail email@example.com.
West Virginia IOLTA Accounts
The West Virginia Bankers Association, the Community Bankers of West Virginia and the West Virginia State Bar have been working collaboratively to address questions created by the implementation of new State Bar Administrative Rule 10 related to the set up and administration of IOLTA accounts. All three organizations are aware that the new Rule creates some confusions which may have to be addressed on an individual basis. In the meantime, it is hoped that the attached set of Questions and Answers will answer many of your questions. If not, please put your question in writing, to the attention of the IOLTA Advisory Committee, in care of Anita Casey, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and the question will be addressed at the IOLTA Advisory Committee’s next meeting. Click here for a copy of the Q and A. Thank you for your patience and understanding in working through these changes to the Rule.
Government Lawyers Committee Reception
The WV State Bar Government Lawyers Committee is sponsoring a reception at the offices of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe at 901 Quarrier Street, Charleston, from 5 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday evening, November 18th
for all lawyers who work with or interact with governmental entities. Please plan to join us and catch up with old friends and acquaintances, and perhaps make some new ones.
Approved by Order on September 29, 2014, the WV Supreme Court of Appeals approved significant amendments to the WV Rules of Professional Conduct effective January 1, 2015. West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE) and the WV Office of Disciplinary Counsel are happy to present “The Highlights of The New WV Rules of Professional Conduct” seminars in 8 locations across West Virginia throughout November and December 2014. The seminars have be approved for 2.1 WV MCLE credits, including 2.1 Ethics credits. MCLE credit has been approved in VA, PA, and OH.
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 13, 2014, Waterfront Place Morgantown location, click here.
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