BAR BLAST 12-9-2014

December 9, 2014
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20th Judicial Circuit Vacancy

The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 20th Judicial Circuit serving Randolph County.    Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. onJanuary 6, 2015.  The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is January 16, 2015.  Applications and instructions are available  To contact the Commission regarding the application process, please call Manda Bickoff at 304-558-2000.  Interviews will be held on January 26, 2015.

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.

Supreme Court Updates

Approval of Amendments to Rule 15A.04
On November 24, 2014 the Court approved amendments to the Rule 15A-04 of the West Virginia Trial Court Rules, of the Unified Electronic Filing System.
Upcoming Events

January 9, 2015

WV Working Together Conference

Host: IRS & West Virginia State Tax Department

Location: University of Charleston – Geary Student Union

February 6-7, 2015

WVCLE Litigation 2015

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: Cannan Valley Resort – Davis, WV

March 26, 2015

WVCLE Shale Play Update

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: Charleston Civic Center