BAR BLAST 11-4-2014


November 4, 2014
The WV State Bar Office will be closed on 11/4/14 for Election Day. We encourage everyone to support their state and local governments by voting!
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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.

 Click location below to register:

Questions? Contact Kathy Henning at

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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, 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.

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.

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
Upcoming Events

November 5-6, 2014

US District Court Northern District CM/ECF Training  

Location: Wheeling, WV (4th Floor Jury Assembly Room)

About: The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia requires all attorneys to electronically file all pleadings using the Court’s Case Management Electronic Filing System (referred to as CM/ECF). The Court is offering a two and one half (2 ½) hour training course for attorneys and/or their support staff on the use of the CM/ECF filing system on the following dates:
Wednesday, November 5 – 9:00am and 1:30pm
Thursday, November 6 – 9:00am and 1:30pm
Attorneys completing the 2 1/2 hour class will earn 3 CLE credits in office management. There is no charge for the class. Reservations are required, as there is a limit of 12 students per class. Reservations to be made via email no later than FridayOctober 31, 2014 to:

November 6, 2014

The New Amendments to the WV Rules of Professional Conduct

Location: Robert C. Byrd Medical Center – Charleston and Live via WEBCAST

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

November 7 – 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 10, 2014

Veterans and Military Affairs Seminar 

Host: State Bar Veterans and Military Affairs Committee

CLE: 2.0 including 0.5 ethics hours

Click location below to register:

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November 10 & 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 10, 2014, Civic Center Charleston location, click here.
– 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 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)