The West Virginia State Bar would like to thank all sponsors of this year’s Annual Conference and Meeting. Over 260 individuals attended this year’s meeting, making it one of our most successful annual meetings in years.
CIP also published an online Juvenile Law Guide this year, available at this link. The guide gives an overview of West Virginia juvenile law and court procedures. It is intended to provide a framework for understanding the state’s juvenile justice system and to be a training tool for juvenile justice system personnel, law enforcement, students, and the public.
Legal Services Corporation Notice of Availability of Grant Funds for Calendar Year 2017
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announces the availability of grant funds to provide civil legal services to eligible clients during calendar year 2017. A Request for Proposals (RFP) and other information pertaining to the LSC grants process will be availableat this link during the week of April 11, 2016. In accordance with LSC’s multiyear funding policy, grants are available for only specified service areas. To review the service areas for which grants are available, by state, click here and click on the name of the state.
Applicants must file a Notice of Intent to Compete (NIC) through the online application system in order to participate in the grants process. Information about the LSC grants process including eligibility and how to file a NIC is available at this link. Complete instructions will be available in the RFP Narrative Instruction.
The RFP will be published during the week of April 11, 2016. Please refer to this link for filing dates and submission requirements. Please email inquiries pertaining to the LSC grants process to LSCGrants@lsc.gov.
Increased Penalties for Unlawful Practice of Law
On March 23, Governor Tomblin signed into law a bill increasing the penalties for the Unlawful Practice of Law. The State Bar and its Unlawful Practice of Law Committee thank Del. Steve Shaffer for his assistance in shepherding this bill through the legislature. To view the new legislation, click here
Veterans’ Priority for OPM Jobs
Administrative Law Judge openings in the social security field have been posted on USAJOBS. Preference for veterans is available.
Legal Aid of West Virginia is hosting a free*CLE presentation entitled “Family Law Basic Training” on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Presenters include Andy Nason, Esq. & Jessica Donahue Rhodes, Esq. 4 CLE credits are pending, including 1 Ethics credit. The session will take place live at Legal Aid’s Charleston office & will be available via videoconference at Legal Aid’s local offices. Attendance at this CLE is free if the participating attorney agrees to take 1 case pro bono for advice or representation through Legal Aid during 2016. Space is limited. RSVP to David Frercks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-343-3013 ext. 2138.
Non-Partisan Judicial Elections are May 10
Please spread the word among your staff, family and friends that voting for judicial candidates will ONLY take place on Tuesday, May 10. The winners on May 10, will be our new judges. There will be no judicial elections in the fall.
Lawyer Assistance Program Seeking Executive Director
The West Virginia State Bar is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director of the West Virginia Lawyer Assistance Program (“WVLAP”). The ideal applicant will be a professional with recovery experience. Lawyers, as well as experienced, credentialed or licensed professionals with advanced degrees in relevant fields such as addiction, counseling, social work, psychology or employee assistance will be considered. Applicants must understand the problems of professionals experiencing impairments such as substance abuse, addiction, gambling, mental/emotional issues, aging and other potentially debilitating conditions. Superior communication and organizational skills are required, as is knowledge of evaluation and treatment methods. Word processing skills, as well as experience in fund raising and grant writing, are preferred.
PEIA health insurance, state retirement plan and other benefits are included or available. The Executive Director will report to and be supervised by the WVLAP Board of Directors. As an employee of the West Virginia State Bar, the WVLAP Executive Director will be precluded from engaging in the private practice of law.
Applications in the form of a letter of interest and resume, with references, must be received, on or before April 30, 2016, by Anita Casey, email@example.com or 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, West Virginia 25311-1231.
Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner – April 28, 2016
Charleston Marriott Hotel
The Annual Reception and Dinner to honor the 2016 class will be held on Thursday, April 28, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston. The well attended event (black tie optional) begins at 6:00 PM and the cost is $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of ten persons.
Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations
(304)-343-9823, firstname.lastname@example.org or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.
Federal Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) Panel Seminar
Host: Offices of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
Location: Glade Springs Resort, Daniels, West Virginia
This seminar is open to all members of the bar who are on the CJA panels for either the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia as well as those members who are on the CJA training panels. Please contact Kim Lancaster at Kim_Lancaster@fd.org to register.
May 14, 2016
Mountain State Bar Association Annual Meeting
Host: Mountain State Bar Association
Location: Bluefield, WV at Fincastle Country Club
Questions? Contact Cheryl Henderson at email@example.com
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