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 Directory
The 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?
This time of year we are especially thankful for our attorneys who have always given back to their communities. This month’s MoreThanALawyer Natalie Sal exemplifies the best in West Virginia attorneys with her generous giving of her time in both her legal practice and her private life. Read more about our Thanksgiving MoreThanALawyer below. ********************************************************************* Community service and engagement have always been a priority in Natalie Sal’s life. She and her Morgantown firm Sal Sellaro Culpepper Legal Group routinely provide pro bono legal services for clients of the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC), WV Legal Aid, and WV Bar’s Legal Connect, and they have received multiple awards in recognition of their many years of pro bono service. Passionate about helping children and families, Natalie has served as a member of the West Virginia Court Improvement Oversight Board (charged with working state-wide to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system) and frequently presents at continuing legal education conferences statewide on issues relating to child welfare.
Natalie’s philosophy – that the generous sharing of our time and talents is essential for our community to thrive – has been every bit as much a driving force in her private life. She is on the Board of Directors of Christian Help, a local nonprofit providing necessities and services to area residents, and is a consultant for The Pantry Plus More, another local nonprofit whose mission is to help provide food, clothing, and other necessities to school-aged children. Natalie spent over 18 years as a frequent volunteer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, providing both extensive on-air volunteer assistance and off-air support for television and radio fund drives. She encourages others to become involved with the various community organizations and efforts addressing the challenges facing families in West Virginia, believing that, "Our collective wisdom is so much greater than that of any one of us alone."
As a mother of two amazing children (and volunteers-in-training), Natalie is an extremely active volunteer and fundraiser for Morgantown Learning Academy, her children’s nonprofit school, and serves on the affiliated Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Advisory Board that oversees the unique Mountain SOL outdoor education program. With a deep love of science and an engineering background, Natalie and her husband also promote science engagement and education for children in the community. From her daily social media “Cool Science Fact” to coaching FIRST Lego Robotics to providing occasional hands-on science exhibitions at area schools and daycare programs, Natalie encourages adults and children alike to get involved and to “Play science!”
Thank you, Natalie, for your dedication to pro bono service and to these volunteer organizations and the families they serve. You make us proud! ****************************************************** 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