In order to better serve our members, on Friday, May 31, the State Bar Website will be unavailable while the current member section is replaced by the State Bar Membership Portal. This Portal will allow members to handle their FRD, IOLTA and CLE reporting requirements and pay fees on line and in one easy step. On Monday, June 3, all members will receive an email containing instructions on how to log into their member account. Online submission of annual reporting requirements and payment of fees will be available shortly after your member account is created.
Annual Professional Limited Liability Organization Renewals In order to insure that your PLLC is in compliance with the laws of The State of West Virginia, you need to file an annual renewal application with The State Bar. Any change in the corporate organization from the prior year must be reported and copies of current certificates of insurance are required. Every PLLC must also register an email address.If your organization renewed online last year click here to login. If not please click here to register to complete your online renewal. PLLC Annual Renewal are due by July 1, 2013. If you have questions concerning PLLC reporting requirements contact Anita R. Casey at 304-553-7228 or email@example.com. If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Virginia Supreme Court Rule 8 Amendments
The Court has proposed Amendments to Trial Court Rule 8 Governing, Cameras, Audio Equipment, and Media in the Courtroom. Comments must be filed in writing by May 31, 2013.Click here for the proposed rule.
L.E.O. Approved by the Lawyer Disciplinary Board
The Lawyer Disciplinary Board approved the following L.E.O 2013-01, concerning settlement agreements, at its April 26, 2013 meeting. Click here to view L.E.O. 2013-01
Updated Rules for Lawyer Assistance Program The Supreme Court has approved Amendments to the Rules of the Lawyer Assistance Program.
On May 16,2013, pursuant to a Rule 3.25 petition flled by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued an Order which annulled, by voluntary consent, Respondent W. Kendrick King’s license to practice law in the State of West Virginia. Click here for a copy of the Court’s Order. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Office of Disciplinary Counsel in Charleston, West Virginia.
WVU College of Law Judicial Clerkship DirectoryThe WVU College of Law is compiling a judicial clerkship directory. They hope to identify all of our graduates who have served as state or federal judicial law clerks.If you are a WVU College of Law graduate and have served as a state or federal judicial law clerk after graduation, please forward your name and current contact information, as well as your year of graduation, name of the judge you clerked for,
name of the court, location of your clerkship, and dates that you served as a clerk to Jennifer Powell, Director of the Center for Law and Public Service, by e-mailing her at Jennifer.email@example.com
MAY 31, 2013
WV Association of Administrative Law Judges Annual Meeting and Seminar
United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia CM/ECF training About:The Court is offering a two and one half (2 ½) hour training course for attorneys and/or their support staff on the use of the CM/ECF filing system
Location: Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes – Myrtle Beach, SC
Topic: Is There a Civil Future Ahead of Us? Presentations will provide an in-depth look at the road we have traveled and where we are going with the civil justice system in West Virginia. How will the future system impact your practice?
Thank you to all speaker at the Advanced Mediation Training in Bridgeport on July 29, 2021. Kwame Christian, M. A. Esq., American Negotiation Institute, LLC, gave a great presentation on "Moving Through Mediation." He is pictured during his presentation and with past President Monica Nassif Haddad. Also in attendance and pictured below are past Bar Presidents Robert M. Steptoe, Jr., Debra H. Scudiere, Elliot G. Hicks, Monica Nassif Haddad, and Judge Michael J. Aloi. ... See MoreSee Less
The WV State Bar is pleased to announce this month’s MoreThanALawyer recipient, Duane Ruggier, a litigation attorney with Pullin Fowler Flanagan Brown & Poe, PLLC in Charleston, who has relentlessly advocated for a more accessible West Virginia to those challenged with a physical handicap. Duane was nominated by Vic Flanagan and Monica Nassif Haddad. Read below for Duane’s inspiring story.***************************************************************************Duane Ruggier was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his first year of law school in 1995. Duane, a high school athlete in basketball, soccer and tennis, went from walking and running normally to “walking the walls” and then using a cane, a walking rollator and now, a power chair. Despite his diagnosis, Duane continued to be a strong advocate for maintaining an active and productive lifestyle despite one’s disability. “I have never thought that things get better by just sitting on the couch worrying about your problems. I have always believed that it is better for you, your family and your State to get up and go to work no matter what your particular malady is.” Duane has devoted significant time and effort to the National MS Society and in making West Virginia more accessible to his fellow disabled individuals. “Though I knew that I had to first provide for my family, it was also important for me to help those with MS and to make our State more accessible to all individuals. If you are not in a wheelchair then you just can’t understand that a three-inch curb might as well be 10 feet high or that a bathroom without grab bars prevents you from using the bathroom or that having to park at the back of the parking lot is too far of a distance to actually make it to the courthouse.” Duane’s practice requires him to travel throughout the State, exposing him to many courthouses and businesses. “Wherever I go I try to make a positive change if I can.” With Duane’s advocacy he has been able to bring about changes to facilities such as courthouses, hotels, restaurants, schools and shopping centers including handicapped parking spaces at the Federal Courthouse in Charleston, the Harrison County Courthouse, Hurricane Middle School, Hurricane City Hall, CAMC General and at convenience stores, hotels and law firms around the state. He was also pivotal in creating handicapped bathrooms at the West Virginia Supreme Court, the West Virginia State Bar, CAMC Teays Valley, Logan County Courthouse, and in many law firms and restaurants. Duane is relentless in his quest for accessibility for the handicapped. Duane also serves on the West Virginia Access to Justice Committee where he has assisted with garnering over $500,000 in ADA improvements to West Virginia courthouses. Dan Kimble, Director of the WV Access to Justice Commission, praises Duane: “As a member of the Access to Justice Commission, Duane has been invaluable in helping the Commission members, WVU College of Law students, government officials and the public, gain awareness to the barriers that limit the full potential of those with handicapping conditions. The great thing about Duane is that he doesn’t just see the barriers; he goes through them!” As a member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Multiple Sclerosis Society, Duane is a frequent speaker and advocate regarding Multiple Sclerosis. With the assistance of his law firm, he has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the MS Society with their involvement in the MS 150 Bike Race, Dinner of Champions, MS Art Auction and the Women on the Move Luncheon. In 2015, the Inaugural Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament was first held at the Berry Hills Golf Club in Charleston, WV with all proceeds from the tournament going to benefit the MS Society. The annual tournament is supported by attorneys from all across the State of West Virginia from both the Plaintiff and Defense bars and hosts golfers from as far away as California and Texas and even Sweden. This year’s Sixth Annual Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament will be held at the Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country Club in Teays Valley, WV on October 11, 2021. Please contact Duane if you are interested in participating or sponsoring at firstname.lastname@example.org.Duane resides in Hurricane with his wife, Jennifer. He is grateful for the support of his wife and children, Duane III, Anthony, Isabella, Gabriel and Hannah. “When you have MS, the entire family has MS, and I am more than blessed to have an entire family behind me.” Thank you Duane, for your relentless advocacy improving the quality of life and ensuring the legal rights of those challenged by disability and for being so much More Than A Lawyer.*****************************************************************************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