BAR BLAST 5-28-2013

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May 28, 2013
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State Bar Website Unavailable 

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.

Please Update Your Contact Information
Please make sure your contact information is up to date. Log into the members section of www.wvbar.orgClick here for instructions.

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 If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 or

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.

W. Kendrick King- Law License Annulled

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

Upcoming Events

MAY 31, 2013
WV Association of Administrative Law Judges Annual Meeting and Seminar
Location: Charleston Civic Center

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JUNE 5 & 6, 2013: 9:00am & 1:30pm
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: 1st Floor Magistrate Judge Courtroom, Martinsburg, WV

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JUNE 6-7, 2013
2013 Annual WVPDS Conference

Sponsor: WV Public Defender Services

Location: Glade Springs Resort and Conference Center, Daniels, WV

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JUNE 6-7, 2013
55th Annual Convention and Seminar

Sponsor: WV Association for Justice

Location: Embassy Suites Hotel – Charleston, WV

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JUNE 9-12, 2013

Defense Trial Counsel of WV 31st Annual Meeting

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?

Questions?  Contact Michael Cimino at (304)340-1299  Registration Form.

JUNE 13, 2013
WVCLE E-Discovery Seminar

Sponsor: WVCLE

Location: WVU Medical Center – Charleston, WV

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JUNE 18-19, 2013
Basic Mediation Annual Training Sessions

Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar’s ADR Committee

Location: Flatwoods, WV

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JUNE 21, 2013
WVCLE Essential Skills Seminar

Sponsor: WVCLE

Location: Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

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JULY 9-11, 2013: Martinsburg – Holiday Inn

JULY 15-17:  Charleston – Embassy Suites
Court Improvement Program (CIP)

Sponsor: Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

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JULY 10, 2013
Advanced Mediation Annual Training Sessions

Sponsor: The West Virginia State Bar’s ADR Committee

Location: Flatwoods, WV

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August 15-17, 2013
127th Annual Meeting

Location: The Homestead
Sponsor: The West Virginia Bar Association

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