Bar Blast – April 19, 2016

April 19, 2016
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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.

Updated Contact Information

All State Bar Members are asked to login to the “Membership Portal” to verify their contact information. Please go to and login to confirm your information before May 20, 2016.


Judicial Benchbook for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings
 The 2016 Judicial Benchbook for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings is now available. Click here to download.
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.  Questions? Contact Nikki Tennis at
Upcoming Events

April 21, 2016
WVCLE Employment Law Seminar 
Location: West Virginia University Medical Center – Charleston Division in Charleston, WV
If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or call (304) 293-7255.

April 22, 2016 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Family Law Basic Training
Host: Legal Aid of WV
Location: The session will take place live at Legal Aid’s Charleston office & will be available via videoconference at Legal Aid’s local offices.
CLE: 4 CLE credits are pending, including 1 Ethics credit.
About: 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. RSVP to David Frercks at or 304-343-3013 ext. 2138.

April 22, 2016: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The West Virginia State Bar Animal Law Committee Animal Law Seminar
Host: The West Virginia State Bar Animal Law Committee
Location: Capitol Conference Center, Capitol Street, Charleston, WV
6.6 credit hours approved
Topics include: Animal Law: A View from the Bench, Pet Trusts, Assistance Animals, Pet Custody, Prosecuting Animal Crimes

April 28, 2016
Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner
Host: The West Virginia Bar Foundation
Location: The Marriott, Charleston, WV
Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations

May 3, 2016 – 9am-5pm
Kanawha County Family Law CLE Seminar 
Host: Kanawha County Family Law Bench-Bar Committee
Location: Edgewood Country Club – Charleston, WV
CLE: 8 Attendance Credits
Seminar Cost: $90 (lunch included)

To register send payment to Susan Shepard – Post Office Box 418 St.Albans, WV 25177.

For more information contact Lyne Ranson at

May 4-5, 2016
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 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

May 19, 2016
Finance and Estate Planning Seminar 
Host: WV Bankers Association, WV Society of CPAs, The WV State Bar Probate Law Committee
Location: Edgewood County Club – Charleston, WV

May 19, 2016
Recent Developments in the Law Seminar 
Host: WVCLE and the Cabell County Bar Association
Location: Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, WV

May 21, 2016
2016 Real Estate Law & Business Law Conferences
Host: The WV Bar Association
Location: Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV

June 16, 2016
Insurance Law Seminar 
Location: WVU Medical Center – Charleston, WV

June 21-22, 2016 
Basic Mediation Training
Host: WV State Bar ADR Committee
Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV *The State Bar has obtained a discounted room rate for the nights of June 20 and June 21.
Questions? Contact

June 23-24, 2016 
Public Defender Services 2016 Indigent Defense Conference (formerly the Public Defender Annual Conference) 
Host: West Virginia Public Defender Services
Location: Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV
Registration Coming Soon. Please email with any questions/concerns you might have.

July 20, 2016 
Advanced Mediation Training – Advocacy in Mediation
Host: WV State Bar ADR Committee
Location: Bridgeport Conference Center – Bridgeport, WV *The West Virginia State Bar has obtained a discounted room rate for July 19th.
Questions? Contact

October 2016 – Save the Date!
State Bar Regional Meetings
Host: WV State Bar
October 4 – Beckley
October 19 – Morgantown
October 5 – Martinsburg October 20 – Wheeling
October 6 – Moorefield October 25 – Charleston
October 7 – Chapmanville
(Location Change)
October 26 – Huntington
October 18 – Clarksburg October 27 – Parkersburg
More information coming soon. Registration will open in late August.