BAR BLAST 2-26-2013

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February 26, 2013
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Recording CLE Hours for Non-Approved Providers

At its meeting of January 11, 2013, The West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors approved a $20 fee for reporting CLE credit hours submitted for any program which has not received prior approval from the MCLE Commission.  The filing fee will become effective for all non-approved hours submitted on or after March 18.  Click here to view a copy of the form.  If you have questions, contact Hope Gresham or 304-553-7238.

Lawyer Referral Service Now Online

The West Virginia State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service Committee has introduced a 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.  Please refer individuals seeking legal representation, which you are not able to provide, to this new website, rather than to the State Bar office. 

Judicial Benchbook – 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.

Public Interest Advocates 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 (Dining at 5, bidding at 6). If you can’t attend but wish to submit a proxy bid, please email Andrew Thomas and we can arrange it for

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

MARCH 4, 2013

Justice Frank Cleckley Retirement Celebration  

Location:  WVU Erickson Alumni Center

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MARCH 7, 2013  

WVCLE Recent Development in the Law Seminar   

Location: WVU College of Law

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March 19-20, 2013 

US District Court – Northern District of West Virginia CM/ECF Training 

Location: Clarksburg, WV – District Judge Courtroom

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MARCH 21, 2013  

WVCLE Hot Topics in the Shale Play Seminar  

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.