Bar Blast 9-24-2013

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September 24, 2013
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Annual Membership Reporting and Fees 2013-14  


Active Members who have not completed annual reporting and paid fees, will be assessed an automatic penalty of $25.00 for late reporting of your Financial Responsibility Disclosure and a separate penalty of $25.00 for late payment of fees. If you would like to verify your payment click here. If you have not completed these requirements, Click here for instructions. Click here for a video tutorial on how to submit. 

A notice will be mailed to all active members who have not completed both their reporting and fee payment in a few days.
Sixty (60) days after that notice is mailed, members will be automatically suspended and may not engage in the practice of law until reinstated.

 If you wish to pay and report by paper, forms are available onThe 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.

Accept A Chance to Serve

If you have an interest in §1983 Prisoner Civil Rights cases and if you wish for an opportunity to provide Pro Bono service–this is your chance to serve! Please contact Laura H. Tatman, Judicial Assistant to United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl A. Eifert, U.S. District Court, Southern District of WV at (304) 529-5709.

WV Lawyer Publication Error

In the last issue a line from the “Improving the Courthouse Security Process” article was inadvertently omitted. We apologize for the error. Click here to view the correct version.

Proposed Amendments for Public Comment

The Court has published Proposed amendments to the Rules for Admission to Practice Law to Require Board Member Residency. The comment period will end on October 7, 2013, please send all comments to the WV Supreme Court Clerks Office.

State Bar ID Cards Available


The State Bar encourages all members to apply for a member ID card. These cards can be used at state jail facilities and can be used for identification as a member in many other situations.

To apply for an ID Card click here.

Once you apply for the ID Card your form will be returned to you and you can take that to any West Virginia DMV location. The application process may take as long as two 10-14 days to process.

Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure

The Court has proposed amendments to the Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure to increase membership of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board. The comment period will end on October 7, 2013, please send all comments to WV Supreme Court of Appeals Clerk’s Office.

Upcoming Events

September 27-28, 2013
Solo & Small Firm Conference

Location: WVU College of Law


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October 2013
State Bar Regional Meetings
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.

October 2, 2013 

WV CASA 14th Annual Conference

The WV CASA Association is sponsoring a one-day program entitled Fostering Futures: Focus on Aging Out Youth in Bridgeport on October 2, 2013.  CASA has applied for CLE credits.  Further information is available:  304-810-0952

Click here for the conference brochure

October 8, 2013
56th Annual Tax Seminar

Location: Wheeling Jesuit University: Wheeling WV

Host: The Tri-State Tax Institute and Wheeling Jesuit University

October 18-19, 2013
Update on the Law

Location: WVU College of Law


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October 20-22, 2013
64th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Tax Institute

Location: Glade Springs, Daniels, WV

Host: WV Tax Institute – The West Virginia Bar Association, The West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accounts, The College of Law, the College of Business and Economics and West Virginia University.

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November 8-9, 2013
Shale Gas Law 

Location: WVU College of Law


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