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June 25, 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. Questions: contact Anita Casey

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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 Renewals 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 will be sponsoring an update on the law free one hour CLE seminar on July 15th at noon at The State Bar Center. The seminar will include lunch but will be limited to the first 35 registrants. Please advise Kathy Henningif you will be attending by contacting her at before July 12.

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 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.

Call for Energy Papers

Volume 116 of the West Virginia Law Review will be publishing the second-annual Energy and Sustainability Issue and is looking for articles discussing environmental, natural resource, energy, and related policy topics. Anyone interested in writing an article for this issue should submit a 1000-word proposal describing the article’s specific topic, including why the topic is important and how the article will relate to the theme of the issue. Proposals should be sent to Imad S. Matini or Alan J. Wilson at or, respectively. You can find more information here.

Upcoming Events

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
Putting Mediation to Work in Your Practice: Advanced Mediation Annual Training

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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