BAR BLAST 6-18-2013

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June 18, 2013
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Annual Membership Reporting and Fees 2013-14  

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

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

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.

West Virginia Commission on Uniform State Laws

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

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  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.

Upcoming Events

JUNE 20, 2013
Tribute Dinner Honoring Professor Franklin D. Cleckley benefiting the Innocence Project

Sponsor: WVU College of Law and many of the fine law firms of the state

Location:The Grand Hall of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences – Charleston, West Virginia

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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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