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. Well in advance of the September 3, reporting deadline, you should confirm that you have a password and are familiar with the system. You do not want encounter problems at the end of the reporting period that may negatively impact your ability to submit your information and subject you to late reporting penalties. 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 submissions, which must be paid at the time of submission.Members who wish to file online and select to pay by check are not subject to the $10 processing fee. Questions: contact Anita Casey firstname.lastname@example.org
The Board of Directors of The West Virginia Lawyer Assistance Program is pleased to announce the hiring of George Daugherty to serve as the new/first Director of the program. George’s office will be at a confidential private entrance on the lower level of the State Bar Center in Charleston. He will be available to accept calls at a private number (304-553-7232) on a 24 hour a day basis so that initial contacts may be arranged to assure confidentiality. Arrangements may also be made to meet at some neutral location for the same reason. George can also be reached by email at email@example.com.
Hearing or Visually Impaired Attorneys
The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind are attempting to determine if there are lawyers in West Virginia who are themselves deaf or have a particular interest in the issues of the deaf community. Likewise, are there lawyers who are blind or have represented persons who are blind in issues around access. The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind stress with older students how to appropriately advocate for themselves. Knowing how lawyers can be contacted and how their services can help in advocating for their rights could be very helpful. If you have information, or are willing to assist, contact Lynn Boyer, Ph.D., Superintendent, West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, 301 East Main Street, Romney, WV 26757, 304.822.4801,
The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce that nine Regional Meetings will be held this fall. These meetings will provide 3.0 Continuing Legal Education credits in the areas of ethics, office management, substance abuse, and/or elimination of bias. Lunch will be included at each meeting.
Each Regional Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last until, approximately, 1:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per person. One of The State Bar’s Officers will attend each meeting. For more information and online registration click here
Access to Justice Survey
In an effort to better understand how West Virginia lawyers are helping to meet the legal needs of West Virginians, the Access to Justice Commission of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is conducting a survey of members of the State Bar to gain more information about your experiences in performing pro bono work. Recognizing that lawyers often provide legal assistance in a variety of ways at little or no costs to clients, the Access to Justice Commission wants to hear from you to determine the types of pro bono work being performed, as well as what we can do to better recognize and increase such efforts.
The West Virginia Human Rights Commission is pleased to announce that on August 16, 2013, Allison C. Anderson joined the Commission as an Administrative Law Judge.
Judge Anderson is a 2003 graduate of Marshall University and 2006 graduate of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. Prior to joining the Commission, Judge Anderson practiced with the law firm of Farrell, White & Legg PLLC for seven years specializing in the areas of medical malpractice and product liability defense.
August 30-31, 2013
Practicing Law Ethically Update: Bridging the Digital Divide
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.
Although these are difficult and uncertain times we don’t want to miss highlighting an attorney who is MoreThanA Lawyer. Sharing the good work of our attorneys will always be a priority and Brandy Bell portrays the best in helping her community beyond her practice of law at Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC. Here is her story. ******************************************* Brandy resides in Bridgeport, WV, with her family and practices law in Morgantown. Beyond her duties of her practice and as a wife and mother of two, Brandy exemplifies how our lawyers give back to their communities with her many volunteer activities. “My husband and I feel strongly about giving back and supporting our local schools, youth sports programs, church, and community.” She is active with her children’s pre-school and elementary school serving on their boards and organizing fundraisers and events to address the needs of students and teachers, whether funding for a playground or calm areas in the school, or supporting the local backpack programs. As a member of several youth sports programs Brandy also strives to ensure that every child has the opportunity to find passion in what they love. Brandy also invests her time and energy in the @GFWC Bridgeport Junior Woman’s Club which is dedicated to community improvement, including the organization of water walks to raise awareness of clean water issues that impact areas around the world, raising funds for WVU Children’s Hospital and providing scholarships to students who also participate in community service. Brandy was nominated by her law partner, Shannon Smith.
Thank you, Brandy, for your dedication to these volunteer organizations and the children 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