BAR BLAST 6-4-2013

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June 4, 2013
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State Bar Website

 On Monday, June 3, all members should have received an email containing instructions on how to log into their member account at Online submission of annual reporting requirements and payment of fees will be available shortly after your member account is created.If you did not receive an email from with first time login instructions please contact Mike Mellace

Young Lawyers Section Vacancy

The Young Lawyer’s Executive Committee currently has a vacancy in District 12 (Braxton, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster Counties).  If you are a young lawyer who is interested in serving on the YLS Committee, or if you know a young lawyer who would be a perfect candidate, please contact Jacqueline L. Sikora at jacqueline.sikora@courtswv.govor 304-291-7265.  All members in good standing with the Bar who have been sworn to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and who are 35 years of age or under, or members admitted to practice ten years or less prior to the State Bar’s annual meeting, are considered “young lawyers.”  All nominees must have their principle office located in one of the District 12 counties.

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

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

Legal Aid Board of Directors
Four members of the West Virginia Bar were recently elected  to serve on Legal Aid of West Virginia’s Board of Directors. New members were seated at Legal Aid’s May 17, 2013, Board meeting.

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Updated Rules for Lawyer Assistance Program

The Supreme Court has approved Amendments to the Rules of the Lawyer Assistance Program.

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

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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