The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 13th Judicial Circuit serving Kanawha County. Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 12, 2014. The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is September 19, 2014. Applications and instructions are available atwww.governor.wv.gov. To contact the Commission regarding the application process, please call Janet Shelton at 304-558-2000. Interviews will be held on September 26, 2014.
Investiture Ceremony of U.S. Magistrate
Judge Robert W. Trumble
The formal investiture ceremony of the Honorable Robert W. Trumble as United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia will take place on Friday, September 26, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the W. Craig Broadwater Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 217 W. King Street, Martinsburg, WV.
Overflow seating will be available in the Magistrate Judge Courtroom. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by September 19, 2014, to Kim A. Criswell at (304) 234-0380 firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Association of Administrative Law Judges
The WV Chapter of the National Association of Administrative Law Judges will be meeting at the State Bar Conference Center on October 2 from 11:30 to 1:30. Lunch will be provided. Anyone who is a current or new member or those who wish to join is welcome to attend.Please send RSVP to Henry Haslebacher by September 26 at email@example.com
Court of Claims
A position will be open for Judge of the West Virginia Court of Claims. The State Bar Board of Governors will nominate three (3) lawyers (any political party) and will submit these names to the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate for appointment to the Court. The term is for six (6) years. A description of qualifications can be found in WV Code Section 14-2-4 and 10 and Section 14-2-8 (compensation). If you qualify for appointment, and would like to be considered for nomination, please send your resume, with any supporting information and/or letters of reference, to Anita R. Casey, Executive Director, The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Blvd, Charleston, WV 25311 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must be RECEIVED by midnight,
Monday, October 27, 2014.
Help Our Veterans and Military Members AND Get TWO FREE HOURS of CLE Credit
The State Bar’s Veterans and Military Affairs Committee is offering two hours of CLE credit on Monday, November 10, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The two hour seminar, addressing veteran’s issues, will be held at Legal Aid of West Virginia’s Charleston office. The interactive seminar will be broadcast to 11 other Legal Aid offices throughout the State. Credit for a LIVE presentation will be given. In exchange for the two hours of credit, all participating attorneys will be asked to spend one hour (from 3:00 to 4:00 on November 10) responding to phone calls from our veterans and military members. The call in will be similar to the State Bar’s Tuesday Legal Connect. Pre-registration for the seminar is essential to insure that the Legal Aid office where you plan to attend the seminar has sufficient seating space. Registration information will be available soon.
Proposed Amendments Published
for Public Comment
On August 15, 2014, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules published proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The proposed amendments, Rules Committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and instructions on how to submit comments are posted on the federal Judiciary’s website. The public comment period ends February 17, 2015.
West Virginia Online Legal Help-New Pro Bono Opportunity
The West Virginia State Bar is excited to announce a new opportunity for attorneys to provide pro bono assistance to the public anytime, from anywhere. West Virginia Online Legal Help(www.wvonlinelegalhelp.org)is a new website where low-income West Virginians can post questions about their civil legal needs. The questions are answered by volunteer attorneys, who provide basic information and legal advice for free.
We need West Virginia attorneys to sign up to volunteer. The benefits of volunteering include:
No expectation of long-term representation.
Professional liability insurance provided.
Attorney’s name is anonymous to user.
Please go to www.wvonlinelegalhelp.org and click on “Lawyers Sign Up” to register to volunteer. We hope to open the website to questions from the public in September 2014.
Proposed Amendments to Rule 12 of Administrative Rules for the Magistrate Courts The Court is requesting Public Comment on Proposed Revisions to Rule 12 of Administrative Rules for the Magistrate Courts of West Virginia. Comments must be filed in writing, with the Clerk of the Court on or before October 27, 2014.
The West Virginia State Bar will hold nine Regional Meetings 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. The seminars have only been approved for CLE credit in West Virginia. 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.
REGISTRATION : Pre-registration is required for the training. Once space is full, a waiting list will be implemented, so please register as early as possible. PLEASE REGISTER NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014, TO ENSURE ENOUGH SEATING AND MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL ATTENDEES.
– To register for the November 10, 2014, Civic Center Charleston location, click here.
– To register for the November 13, 2014, Waterfront Place Morgantown location, click here.
Thank you to all speaker at the Advanced Mediation Training in Bridgeport on July 29, 2021. Kwame Christian, M. A. Esq., American Negotiation Institute, LLC, gave a great presentation on "Moving Through Mediation." He is pictured during his presentation and with past President Monica Nassif Haddad. Also in attendance and pictured below are past Bar Presidents Robert M. Steptoe, Jr., Debra H. Scudiere, Elliot G. Hicks, Monica Nassif Haddad, and Judge Michael J. Aloi. ... See MoreSee Less
The WV State Bar is pleased to announce this month’s MoreThanALawyer recipient, Duane Ruggier, a litigation attorney with Pullin Fowler Flanagan Brown & Poe, PLLC in Charleston, who has relentlessly advocated for a more accessible West Virginia to those challenged with a physical handicap. Duane was nominated by Vic Flanagan and Monica Nassif Haddad. Read below for Duane’s inspiring story.***************************************************************************Duane Ruggier was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his first year of law school in 1995. Duane, a high school athlete in basketball, soccer and tennis, went from walking and running normally to “walking the walls” and then using a cane, a walking rollator and now, a power chair. Despite his diagnosis, Duane continued to be a strong advocate for maintaining an active and productive lifestyle despite one’s disability. “I have never thought that things get better by just sitting on the couch worrying about your problems. I have always believed that it is better for you, your family and your State to get up and go to work no matter what your particular malady is.” Duane has devoted significant time and effort to the National MS Society and in making West Virginia more accessible to his fellow disabled individuals. “Though I knew that I had to first provide for my family, it was also important for me to help those with MS and to make our State more accessible to all individuals. If you are not in a wheelchair then you just can’t understand that a three-inch curb might as well be 10 feet high or that a bathroom without grab bars prevents you from using the bathroom or that having to park at the back of the parking lot is too far of a distance to actually make it to the courthouse.” Duane’s practice requires him to travel throughout the State, exposing him to many courthouses and businesses. “Wherever I go I try to make a positive change if I can.” With Duane’s advocacy he has been able to bring about changes to facilities such as courthouses, hotels, restaurants, schools and shopping centers including handicapped parking spaces at the Federal Courthouse in Charleston, the Harrison County Courthouse, Hurricane Middle School, Hurricane City Hall, CAMC General and at convenience stores, hotels and law firms around the state. He was also pivotal in creating handicapped bathrooms at the West Virginia Supreme Court, the West Virginia State Bar, CAMC Teays Valley, Logan County Courthouse, and in many law firms and restaurants. Duane is relentless in his quest for accessibility for the handicapped. Duane also serves on the West Virginia Access to Justice Committee where he has assisted with garnering over $500,000 in ADA improvements to West Virginia courthouses. Dan Kimble, Director of the WV Access to Justice Commission, praises Duane: “As a member of the Access to Justice Commission, Duane has been invaluable in helping the Commission members, WVU College of Law students, government officials and the public, gain awareness to the barriers that limit the full potential of those with handicapping conditions. The great thing about Duane is that he doesn’t just see the barriers; he goes through them!” As a member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Multiple Sclerosis Society, Duane is a frequent speaker and advocate regarding Multiple Sclerosis. With the assistance of his law firm, he has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the MS Society with their involvement in the MS 150 Bike Race, Dinner of Champions, MS Art Auction and the Women on the Move Luncheon. In 2015, the Inaugural Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament was first held at the Berry Hills Golf Club in Charleston, WV with all proceeds from the tournament going to benefit the MS Society. The annual tournament is supported by attorneys from all across the State of West Virginia from both the Plaintiff and Defense bars and hosts golfers from as far away as California and Texas and even Sweden. This year’s Sixth Annual Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament will be held at the Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country Club in Teays Valley, WV on October 11, 2021. Please contact Duane if you are interested in participating or sponsoring at email@example.com.Duane resides in Hurricane with his wife, Jennifer. He is grateful for the support of his wife and children, Duane III, Anthony, Isabella, Gabriel and Hannah. “When you have MS, the entire family has MS, and I am more than blessed to have an entire family behind me.” Thank you Duane, for your relentless advocacy improving the quality of life and ensuring the legal rights of those challenged by disability and for being so much More Than A Lawyer.*****************************************************************************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