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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Tom Smith will be the presenter. The seminar will include lunch but will be limited to the first 35 registrants. Please advise Kathy Henning if you will be attending by contacting her at email@example.com before July 12.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, respectively. You can find more information here.
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.
The State Bar has again received notice of several phishing/solicitation scams. Members need to be careful in responding to any email from an individual they do not know.
Minority Clerkship Reception
The State Bar’s Minority Lawyers Committee is sponsoring a reception for all minority summer law clerks on July 11, 2013, from 5:00 to 7:00. The reception will be held at the State Bar Center. Please come to meet and welcome these rising stars. If you plan to attend or have any questions, please contact Kathy Henning at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, July 8.
The current 2012-2014 MCLE reporting period does not end until June 30, 2014. We are working diligently to get MCLE submissions online again very shortly. You can submit a paper form from our website or wait until our new system is up for online submissions. Thank you for your patience as we upgrade our new system.
Beginning on September 1, 2013 any attorney who attends a CLE held at a location outside of West Virginia must confirm with the seminar sponsor that the seminar sponsor has paid the appropriate fee for approval of the seminar to the West Virginia State Bar. If the seminar sponsor is not a West Virginia State Bar presumptive provider (i.e. has paid the $500 yearly sponsor fee) or has not paid $50 for approval of the specific seminar, each individual attorney wishing to receive WV MCLE credit for the course must complete Form A (add link here) and remit a $20 processing fee to the West Virginia State Bar.
All seminars that have been pre-approved will be listed by provider on the new WV State Bar membership portal in a drop down menu on the MCLE screen. Seminar sponsors are being required by the WV State Bar MCLE Commission to provide a list of attendees within 30 days following each approved seminar. If you are unable to locate your seminar on the website more than 30 days after attending the same, and you believe that your seminar was pre-approved, please email@example.com.
WV Bar Exam Support
The YLS has launched its WV Bar Exam Support page on Facebook and Twitter. The YLS created these social media outlets so that our young lawyers can offer support, encouragement, and advice to those taking the WV Bar Exam in July. With the direction of District 14 YLS Representative, Shannon Smith, and young lawyer, Lindsey Saad, the WV Bar Exam Support answers questions, and gives exam takers tips and tricks to taking the bar exam. Also, a list of “mentors” for each of the WV State Bar Districts is provided to our “followers” to help facilitate one-on-one contact with a lawyer in their area. If you know of anyone who could use moral support while studying for the bar exam, please have them “like” our Facebook page (West Virginia Bar Exam Support) or follow us on Twitter.
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.
YLS Practice Handbook – Request for Volunteers
The State Bar is updating the Practice Handbook Chapters, which are located on the YLS website and is requesting volunteers to either update existing handbook chapters or author needed chapters. Click here for a full list.
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