Members who have not completed annual reporting and fees before midnight on September 3, 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. Please check with your firm administrator to see if arrangements have been made with the State Bar for payment of your fees before contacting the State Bar. 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.
Since the State Bar anticipates an unusually high number of calls on September 3rd, if you have not previously logged intowww.mywvbar.org and setup your password, you may wish to submit by paper to ensure that a late fee is not added to your account. If you are unable to do so before the midnight September 3 date, your WRITTEN REQUEST FOR A WAIVER OF LATE FEES must be presented to the State Bar Board of Governors. That written request should be sent to Anita Casey at email@example.com or 2000 Deitrick Blvd, Charleston, WV 25311.
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. Your envelope must be postmarked no later than midnight on September, 3rd 2013.
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
Lunch & Laughs With a Legal Legend
A Legal Legend event will be held on Friday, September 13, 2013, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown.
The following distinguished entities have agreed to serve as Sponsors: Jackson Kelly; Kay, Casto and Chaney; McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner; Phillips, Gardill, Kaiser and Altmeyer; Spilman, Thomas and Battle; Steptoe and Johnson; Tenmile Land; White Law Offices; the WV Bar Foundation, and the WVU President’s Office.
The proceeds will be shared by Judge Keeley’s designated choice of law student clinics at the WVU College of Law and for Bar Foundation grants to improve the administration of justice in the state. Sponsorships of $2,000 provide a reserved table with 10 seats. Individual tickets can be purchased for $60. Please contact the Bar Foundation to make reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org – 304-343-9823
If you are unable to assist a potential client with a legal matter, please refer the individual to the lawyer referral website (www.wvlawyerreferral.org). The website provides 24/7 access and allows clients to select the attorney(s) they may wish to contact both by subject area and by distance/location. Although the website does not yet contain detailed information on practice areas, the Bar is working on supplementing information of general interest, by subject area, and providing links to services and other websites which may be used by the potential client to evaluate whether a referral to an attorney is needed. Please be sure to notify your staff of this new service. Questions? Contact Anita Casey at email@example.com.
September 13, 2013
Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend
Location: The WVU Erickson Alumni Center – Morgantown, WV
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