BAR BLAST 12-2-2014

December 2, 2014
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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

West Virginia Online Legal Help-New Pro Bono Opportunity

The West Virginia State Bar is excited to announce a new opportunity for attorneys to provide pro bono assistance to the public anytime, from anywhere.  West Virginia Online Legal Help( is a new website where low-income West Virginians can post questions about their civil legal needs.  The questions are answered by volunteer attorneys, who provide basic information and legal advice for free.

We need West Virginia attorneys to sign up to volunteer.  The benefits of volunteering include:

  • No expectation of long-term representation.
  • Professional liability insurance provided.
  • Attorney’s name is anonymous to user.

Please go to and click on “Lawyers Sign Up” to register to volunteer.  We hope to open the website to questions from the public in September 2014.

Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events

December 3 and 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:

Dec. 3 – Beckley

Dec. 4 – Lewisburg