BAR BLAST 2-12-2013

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February 12, 2013
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Judicial Benchmark – Now Available

The 2013 Judicial Benchbook for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings is now available for free download. The benchbook is a must-have resource for anyone practicing in child abuse/neglect cases, as it contains case law, statutes, rules, and more information related to this field. See below for Court Improvement (CIP) Cross-training conferences.

Living Monuments: The Courthouse Book Release

A Book of the 55 County Courthouses of West Virginia will be released on Febuary 16, 2013 at Taylor Books in Charleston, WV.  The book is a project of the West Virginia Association of Counties, produced by The Walkabout Company, PLLC, of Wheeling.

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Public Interest Advocates Annual Auction 

The Public Interest Advocates are celebrating 25 years of supporting public interest fellows at the annual PIA Auction! The Auction will take place on March 7, 2013

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Supreme Court Order

The Administrative Office of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has set the interest rate at 7.00% percent for judgments and decrees entered during the 2013 calendar year.  Click here for the order.

The Minority Lawyers Committee Of the West Virginia State Bar Call for Interest
The Minority Lawyers Committee of the West Virginia State Bar recognizes that achieving diversity in the legal profession is an evolutionary process that requires continued effort and commitment. Realizing that a diverse group of talented legal professionals is important to the success of law firms, law departments, public service organizations and other legal entities, the Minority Lawyers Committee has made it a priority to reach out to West Virginia College of Law and assist with the Minority Clerkship Program.

Voluntary Good Practices Guidance to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

The ABA Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Profession has worked with other entities to develop voluntary good practices guidance for lawyers to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.  The Task Force has concerns about how mandatory gatekeeper provisions might affect confidential attorney-client relationships and other issues.  Below are two publications from the ABA Task Force:

Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for Lawyers to Detect and Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing [PDF]

FAQs on the Gatekeeper Initiative and Voluntary Good Practices Guidance [PDF]

Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY 22-23, 2013 

WVCLE Litigation 2013 Live Seminar

Location: Canaan Valley Resort – Davis, WV

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MARCH 4, 2013  NEW!!

Justice Frank Cleckley Retirement Celebration  

Location:  WVU Erickson Alumni Center

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MARCH 21, 2013  

WVCLE Hot Topics in the Shale Play Seminar – Space Available! 

Location: Charleston Civic Center

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Court Improvement Program (CIP) – Save the Date! 
At the Martinsburg Holiday Inn
  • July 9 – Child Abuse and Neglect Day
  • July 10 – Juvenile Law Day
  • July 11 – Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) day
At the Charleston Civic Center
  • July 15 – Child Abuse and Neglect Day
  • July 16 – Juvenile Law Day
  • July 17 – Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) day

More information, including the conference agenda and registration, will be available this spring.

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