BAR BLAST 11-11-2014

November 11, 2014
The WV State Bar Office will be closed on 11/11/14 for Veterans Day.
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ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services

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 atdscudiere@kaycasto.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 caseya@wvbar.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.
Questions? Contact : Sally Milam or Barbara Baxter

Defense Trial Counsel – Trial Academy

The Defense Trial Counsel of WV will hold its Trial Academy on

November 14 & 15 at the Robert C Byrd Federal Courthouse in

Charleston.  CLE is pending but registration has begun.

Click here for the link to the brochure.

The Highlights of The New WV Rules of 

Professional Conduct
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.

Upcoming Events

November 13, 2014

Supreme Court GAL Training   

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. 

 

November 13, 2014 at 6PM

8th Annual Legal Ease and Pig Roast

Location: Edgewood Country Club

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association

November 13 – December 4, 2014

The Highlights of The New WV Rules of Professional Conduct

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE) and the WV Office of Disciplinary Counsel

CLE: 2.1 WV MCLE credits, including 2.1 Ethics credits. Also applied for MCLE credit in VA, PA, and OH.

About: Significant amendments were made to the WV Rules of Professional Conduct effective January 1, 2015.  Click the location below to view more information and register.

Click location below to register:

November 14-15, 2014

Defense Trial Counsel – Trial Academy

Host: WV Defense Trial Counsel

Location: Robert C Byrd Federal Courthouse – Charleston, WV

Click here for the link to the brochure.

November 18, 2014: 5MP-8PM

State Bar Government Lawyers Committee Reception

Location: The offices of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe at  901 Quarrier Street, Charleston

Host: WV State Bar Government Lawyers Committee

November 20, 2014

The New Amendments to the WV Rules of Professional Conduct

Location: WVU College of Law

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)