If you are unable to assist a potential client with a legal matter, please refer the individual to the lawyer referral website (www.wvlawyerreferral.org). The website provides 24/7 access and allows clients to select the attorney(s) they may wish to contact both by subject area and by distance/location. Please be sure to notify your staff of this new service. Questions? Contact Anita Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Lawyer Referral Service
The State Bar Lawyer Referral Service Committee added additional practice areas to the referral service. To update your practice areas click here.
The Lawyer Referral Service Committee is also looking for feedback from members on how it can improve the program.
West Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting Make plans to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting which will be held in Charleston, WV on May 9th & 10th. This event has been approved for 6 hours of MCLE including 3 hours of ethics/law office technology. Details will be coming soon.
Tax Credits Available!
The West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest seeks donations to help us fund WVU law students who want to work in summer and full-time jobs with legal aid, the public defender and other WV public interest organizations.
There is good news for our donors. The Fund has been granted permission by the State’s Neighborhood Investment Program to give tax credits to its donors.
Donors who contribute $500 or more get half the donation back in the form of a WV tax credit. This credit can be used by the donor against the donor’s WV personal income tax, corporate net profits tax or business franchise tax.
Request for Comments on Proposed Amendments to the West Virginia Trial Court Rules, Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Criminal Procedure –
On October 29, 2013, Matt Arrowood, Director of Circuit Clerk Services, presented proposed amendments to the West Virginia Trial Court Rules, West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure, and Rules of Criminal Procedure, all to establish the Unified Electronic Filing System.
The Court did provisionally approve said amendments, as well as a period of public comment on the proposed amendments. Additions are indicated by underlining. Comments may be filed in writing with the Clerk of this Court on or before
Amendments to the Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure to Increase Membership of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board
At a Regular Term of the Supreme Court of Appeals continued and held at Charleston, Kanawha County, on the 26th day of November, 2013, the following order was made and
entered: Click here for the Amendments
Amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law
At a Regular Term of the Supreme Court of Appeals continued and held at Charleston, Kanawha County, on the 20th day of November, 2013, the following order was made and entered: Click here for the Amendments
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