On June 17, all members were mailed a membership reporting and fees post-card. Click here for a sample copy of the post card. This post-card will give you instructions on how to pay your 2013-14 membership fees and complete your FRD and IOLTA reporting online. You are encouraged to use the online reporting option. Although this method of submission differs from past paper reporting, the new system will be easier in the long run and is a much more cost effective method of reporting. A firm administrator may also register to do all the payment of fees and reporting of FRD and IOLTA for the entire firm. If you wish to continue with paper reporting, forms will be available on The State Bar’s website. There is a $10.00 processing fee for all paper FRD & IOLTA submissions, which must be paid at the time of submission. Online reporting and fee payment will be available at this link beginning at 11:59pm June 17th. Questions: contact Anita Casey at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 or email@example.com.
Criminal Law Committee
The Criminal Law Committee is seeking new members. If you are interested in joining the Committee, please plan to participate in a July 15 meeting at noon at the State Bar Center. To be sure the Bar can accommodate those attending, please advise Kathy Henning if you will be attending in person or participating by phone. The call in number will be 1-760-569-7171 with a code of 582251.
Fee Changes for Uniform Commercial Code Filings
Effective July 12, 2013, pursuant to West Virginia Code §46-9-525, (Senate Bill 426 – 2013 Legislative Session) the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office is required to implement the fee changes for all Uniform Commercial Code Filings and Uniform Commercial Code Searches.
The West Virginia Commission on Uniform State Laws is established by statute to work with Commissioners from other states in the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) to develop uniform and model state acts, and when appropriate work with the West Virginia State Legislature to get them enacted into law in West Virginia. By statute, the Commission issues an annual report. Click here to view a copy of the 2013 Report to the Legislature.
Living Monuments, a book featuring over 500 pictures of West Virginia’s 55 courthouse is available at Taylor Books in Charleston or by contacting the West Virginia Association of Counties at 304-346-0591 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The coffee table size book highlights the history and architecture of the courthouses and is being issued on the eve of West Virginia’s 150th birthday. The cost is $35 per book.
Legal Food Frenzy
Legal Food Frenzy was started in a Martinsburg Law Office in 2011 to generate friendly competition with other firms in Berkeley County to see which firm could raise the most food for the local food pantry. This year we are taking Legal Food Frenzy statewide – that is where your firm can help. We are asking attorneys to bring in food and set up space in their lobby (be a host) for the community to drop off nonperishable items. If you decided to participate, you will receive a flyer template that you can print and hang in your local community.
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