BAR BLAST 12-4-2012

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December 4, 2012
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Lawyer Referral Service Now Online

The West Virginia State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service Committee would like to introduce the new Lawyer Referral Service website! The new service is designed to provide a faster and easier way for the public to connect with attorneys who may be willing to take on new cases. Participants in the new Lawyer Referral Service can be searched by practice area and zip code.


Features of the New LRS Website

  • Search By Zip Code, County & Practice Area
  • 24/7 Instant access to your information
  • Information on basic legal issues and practice areas to assist the public in becoming better informed on basic issues to eliminate unnecessary referrals to a lawyer
  • Free registration for State Bar Members who register during the 2012-2013 FY

If you are interested in receiving referrals through this service please CLICK HERE.  The service goes online to the public on November 30, 2012 at 


PLLC Renewals

As of the end of November, only 123 PLLCs have properly filed their annual registrations with the State Bar.  The due date for renewals was July 1, 2012.  If you are operating as a PLLC, and have not yet filed your 2012-13 renewal, please click here to print, complete and mail in the renewal form.  All forms should be submitted before December 31, 2012.

Chief Administrative Law Judge, West Virginia Office of Tax Appeals

The West Virginia State Bar will receive resumes through December 17, 2012 for the position of Chief Administrative Law Judge, West Virginia Office of Tax Appeals.

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Part Time Hearing Officer – West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board (CPRB)

The CPRB is requesting bids for part-time hearing officer services to be provided at the offices of the Board.

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Lawyers Without Borders, Inc. 

Seeks Volunteer Lawyers to assist as neutral independent court trial observers for the defense portion of the Caprivi trial, on-site in Namibia, beginning in February 2013.

Supreme Court of Appeals

The Supreme Court of Appeals is requesting comment on Amendments to Rule 43 of the West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure and Rule 56 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Family Court, addressing the payment of compensation to interpreters as provided by law.  Comments may be filed in writing with the Clerk of the Court by December 28, 2012. Click here for the amendments.

Upcoming Events

DECEMBER 18, 2012  10am-12pm

Education Law Committee CLE

Location: The State Bar Center – Charleston, WV

Sponsor: WV State Bar Education Law Committee

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JANUARY 10, 2013 8:30am-4:30pm 

Working Together Conference 2013

Location: University of Charleston – Geary Student Union

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