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.
The Lawyer Disciplinary Board is soliciting public comments on the following Legal Ethics Opinions:
– L.E.O. 2013-02 The Duty of Counsel to Treat a Child Represented by Counsel (A Guardian Ad Litem) the Same as Any Other Person or Party in Terms of Prohibited Direct ContactPlease submit your written comments to the following address: Prohibited Direct Contact Issues, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304. Deadline for submissions:
September 20, 2013.
– L.E.O. 2013-03 Potential Conflicts of Interest for Federal Government or Military Attorneys Defending Agencies Against Furlough-related Complaints. Please submit your written comments to the following address: Conflicts for Federal/Military Attorneys, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304. Deadline for submissions:
September 20, 2013.
Legal Services Day For Sexual Assault and Stalking Victims
Legal Aid of West Virginia and CONTACT Rape Crisis Center are hosting a free legal services day for sexual assault and stalking victims. The event is scheduled for Friday, August 16, 2013, at the Huntington Legal Aid office (1005 Sixth Avenue, Huntington, WV). Legal Aid is looking for attorneys to volunteer for the free legal services day.
Notice and Invitation – New Bar Committee – Professional Discipline and Ethics
Due to the recognized increase in professional disciplinary cases and ethics investigations across all professions and in all segments of public service, a new State Bar Committee is being created so that interested members of the Bar can come together to discuss and share information, ideas and issues affecting those who need legal representation in this specialized area.
It is time to register for Fall 2013 on campus interviews (OCI)at the West Virginia University College of Law. There are two on campus interview sessions for law firms, courts, government agencies and corporations.
The Office of the West Virginia Attorney General has issued a Request for Proposal on behalf of the West Virginia Board of Education, seeking legal representation to assist with the search for a new state superintendent of schools . The West Virginia Board of Education specifically is in need of legal assistance as it performs a nationwide employment search. Outside counsel will be expected to work with the Attorney General’s Office to advise the West Virginia Board of Education throughout the employment process. Particular experience in education law, contract law, and labor & employment law is sought. Qualified law firms or attorneys are invited to submit a proposal to represent the West Virginia Board of Education to the Attorney General’s Office on or before Friday, August 2, 2013. For additional information regarding the Request for Proposal, please click here.
Attention All Government Lawyers or Lawyers who Practice in Areas Involving Governmental Entities
Government Law is one of the largest legal practices in West Virginia. The State Bar Government Lawyers Committee membership includes lawyers who serve or practice at all governmental levels. The Committee tackles probative issues relevant to our practice and would welcome your participation in the group’s activities. The Committee’s 2013 organizational meeting is August 27, 2013 at the State Bar Center in Charleston, West Virginia at noon. Please contact Kathy Henning, email@example.com, if you are able to attend, would like lunch or, if you are unable to intend in person, would like instructions on how to participate by conference call. If you are unable to attend this meeting but wish to be part of the Committee, please contact Kathy Henning. I look forward to seeing you in August!! – Martha J. Hill, chair
July 31, 2013
Professional Discipline and Ethics Committee Meeting
WVCLE Family Law Institute Seminar
Speakers include: Andrew S. Nason, The Honorable Mike Kelly, Scott N. Friedman, Rachel L. Fletcher Cipoletti, Cindy MacAulay, Virginia Supcoe, Richard A. Bush, Dean Boland, Delby Pool, and Reed Spangler. This seminar is accredited for 9.8 WV MCLE credits, including 3.8 ethics and law office management credits.
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