Important changes to the West Virginia pro hac vice admission procedures become effective January 1, 2015. These changes include a new $350 annual fee to be paid by out-of-state lawyers admitted pro hac vice for one year or more. The annual fee applies as long as the out-of-state lawyer has one or more cases pending in West Virginia. The out-of-state lawyer is responsible for paying the fee. Click here to review the September 29, 2014, Order
By implementation Order entered December 12, 2014, the Supreme Court authorized the State Bar to contact local counsel for out-of-state lawyers admitted during the past five years to determine whether the annual fee applies and to collect the fee. The fee must be paid on or before March 31, 2015, and by March 31 of each subsequent year until the case or matter is resolved. The pro hac vice admission will be terminated if the March 31, 2015, deadline is not met.
The YLS Executive Committee has a vacancy for a District Representative for your District. If you are interested in serving on the YLS Executive Committee as a District Representative, please send an email to Jason Foster at Jason.email@example.com by January 6, 2014.
Lobbyist Registration Notice
The West Virginia Ethics Commission reminds West Virginia lobbyists that all registrations expire on December 31. Registration forms for the 2015-16 registration cycle are now being accepted by the Ethics Commission. Early registration is encouraged.
Lobbyists must complete (1) a WV Lobbyist Payment and Registration Information Cover Sheet; (2) a Lobbyist Registration Statement, and (3) an Employer Representation/Authorization form for each employer or entity represented. These forms are available on the Ethics Commission’s website at www.ethics.wv.gov.
Registration fees are $100 per lobbyist and $100 per employer represented.
West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest (WVFLIPI)
In this season of giving, please donate to the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest (WVFLIPI).
All donations should be made out to WV Fund for Law in the Public Interest and sent to WVFLIPI, c/o P.O. Box 6130, Morgantown, WV 26506. Please contact Jennifer Powell, Executive Director if you have any questions firstname.lastname@example.org ; or at 304 293 8555.
The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals is excited to announce a new opportunity to access Judicial records digitally. We are piloting a web based system that will allow viewing of records digitally from a website that is accessible 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Eventually this system will have records from all 55 counties. If you would like to participate in the testing phase of this service for a limited amount of counties being accessible, please email your desire toCCSEFile@courtswv.gov and we will randomly select users.
January 9, 2015
WV Working Together Conference
Host: IRS & West Virginia State Tax Department
Location: University of Charleston – Geary Student Union
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