BAR BLAST – April 21, 2015


April 21, 2015
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New Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Executive Committee Members

The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce new officers and members.


W. Michael Frazier – President, Huntington

John R. McGhee, Jr. – President Elect, Charleston

Meshea L. Poore – Vice-President, Charleston


District 11 – Courtney A. Kirtley – Summersville

District 12 – J. Burton Hunter III – Buckhannon

District 13 – William J. O’Brien – Bridgeport

District 14 – Monica N. Haddad – Morgantown

District 15 – Mark E. Gaydos – Kingwood

District 16 – Floyd “Kin” Sayre, III – Martinsburg

African American Representative – Kameron T. Miller – Charleston


Jasmine R. H. Morton – Chairperson, Sutton

Matthew L. Harvey – Vice-Chairperson. Martinsburg

Shannon P. Smith – Secretary, Morgantown


District 11 – Roger L. Lambert – Fayetteville

District 12 – W. Clinton Carte – Marlinton

District 13 – Landon S. Moyer – Bridgeport

District 14 – Eric M. Hayhurst – Morgantown

District 15 – Samuel P. Hess – Kingwood

District 16 – April D. Mallow – Moorefield

African American Representative – Nicole A. Cofer – Charleston

Lions, Tigers & Lawyers – Oh My!

West Virginia State Bar creates Animal Law Committee

The newly created Animal Law Committee of the West Virginia State Bar is seeking members. This committee will be studying the intersection of law and animals in West Virginia and is open to all State Bar members.  If you are interested in this exciting area of law, please email the Committee Chair, Melissa Lyons

Jefferson County E-Filing

Attorneys may now electronic file into Jefferson County Circuit Clerk’s office using WVEfile. The clerk’s office will at first be only accepting general civil “C” type cases. You may register and efile using the following link: CLICK HERE

If you have any questions or need support please contact Robin Tucker at 304-612-4423 or 304367-5360. Or Matt Arrowood at 304-550-3256 or 304-340-2912.

Art Exhibition at State Bar Center 
The University of Charleston’s Art program is proud to announce its first student exhibition in the West Virginia State Bar Center. This year’s Senior Art Exhibition is the latest project in the ongoing partnership between the two institutions that allows students and professors from UC to utilize the State Bar’s offices for various projects. The exhibition will present a variety of media and content created during the seniors’ thesis and capstone project. The capstone project consists of in-depth study, a written senior thesis, and creation of a cohesive body of work. Students showcasing their works are: Maame Serwaa Adu-Bonsu, Marieve G. Edwards, Kristina M. Ledezma, Amber Indigo Stanley.

The exhibition opened April 10 and continues through May 4, with an artists’ reception on Wednesday April 29, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in the offices of the West Virginia State Bar.

The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public. West Virginia State Bar is located in Northgate Business Park at 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, WV 25311-1231. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 p.m., Call 304-553-7220 for more information. Visit www.ucwv.edufor information about the University of Charleston for information about the West Virginia State Bar.

Pro Hac Vice Filings

By order entered March 30, 2015, the time to complete filing of Pro Hac Vice information for admissions between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2014 was extended to

midnight April 30, 2015.

Click here for a copy of the Order

2nd Judicial Circuit Vacancy
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 2nd Judicial Circuit serving Marshall, Tyler and Wetzel Counties.    Candidates must submit completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 5, 2015.  The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is May 12, 2015. Applications and instructions are available  For more information about the application process, please call Manda Bickoff at 304-558-2000.  Interviews will be held in Charleston on May 18, 2015.

“Making Money Talk – Effective Negotiations in Mediation” – Advanced Mediation Training

The ADR Committee will be sponsoring a negotiations trainingwith  Andy Little, a nationally recognized mediator and negotiations trainer, and author of the book MAKING MONEY TALK.  This training will take place on July 14, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Bridgeport Conference Center and will qualify for 7.5 hours of CLE.  Join us and learn how to more effectively utilize negotiations in mediation, whether you are a mediator or an advocate for your client.  All registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Andy’s book as part of the registration process.  Other presenters/panelists include The Honorable Michael Aloi, Don O’Dell, Esq., David Hendrickson, Esq., and Monica Haddad, Esq. Cost for the training is $150.00.  For further information contact Monica Haddad at

The Veterans and Military Affairs Committee invites you to SPIRIT OF THE MOUNTAINS 

Honoring Major General James A. Hoyer, The Adjutant General of West Virginia – SPIRIT OF THE MOUNTAINS will be held at the Governor’s Mansion on April 23, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.  General Hoyer is the 2015 recipient of the Lewis N. McManus YLA Service Award, presented annually to a person who demonstrates a life-long commitment to helping others, especially our state’s youth.  Spirit of the Mountains raises financial support for the Youth Leadership Association’s West Virginia youth programs including local youth leadership groups, Youth in Government Student Legislature and Supreme Court, 8th Grade Youth & Government Seminars, YLA Model United Nations, Camp Horseshoe’s teen Entrepreneurship and Leadership Summits and the Governor’s Youth Opportunity Camps for low income 7 – 12 year old boys and girls.  Individual tickets are $50.00 each.  Group purchases for event sponsors are also available. For tickets or more information, please contact Alicia Ridenour at YLA (304) 675-5899 or

WV Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner 2015

The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce special plans for the 17th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on April 23, 2015. The event at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston, begins at 6:00 PM.

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West Virginia Law Review Online

As the only law review in our state, the West Virginia Law Review takes seriously its obligation to serve both academia and our state’s legal community. We serve those interests by publishing articles that are nationally relevant along with articles that address issues in West Virginia. Historically, this Law Review has published special issues such as the National Coal Issue and the Energy and Sustainability Issue, reflecting the unquestioned importance of those areas of law to our state. However, we recognize that our state’s legal community is well-served by academic analysis of all areas of law. We also recognize that research specific to West Virginia can be difficult to find through major commercial avenues. As such, Volume 117 of the West Virginia Law Review is proud to launch the West Virginia Law Review Online.

The Online West Virginia Law Review can be accessed at:
Upcoming Events

April 29, 2015 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Family Law CLE

Host: Presented by Kanawha County Family Law Bench Bar Committee

Location: Edgewood Country Club

CLE: 6 credit hours including law management and ethics
Cost: $70 (including lunch)
Registration: Call 304-344-2121 or send check made payable to Kanawha County Family Law Bench Bar Committee to: Susan Shepard, Esq., P.O. Box 418, St. Albans, WV 25177

May 2, 2015

Annual Real Estate Conference & Annual Business Law Conference

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association

Location: Glade Springs Resort, Daniels, WV

May 9, 2015

Mountain State Bar Association Annual CLE

Host: The Mountain State Bar Association

Location: WVU College of Law

CLE: 6.5 Credits of CLE  (Including 1 hour ethics)

Luncheon Speaker:   Hon. Irene C. Berger

May 14, 2015

Financial and Estate Planning Seminar

Hosts: WV Bankers Association, WV Society of CPAs, The WV State Bar Probate Law Committee

Location: Edgewood County Club – Charleston, WV

May 14, 2015

WVCLE Dilapidated Buildings and Abandoned Properties

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: WVU Robert C. Byrd Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia

May 29, 2015

LAPSWV Annual Meeting and Seminar


Location: BridgeValley Community & Technical College – Charleston, WV

CLE: 7.20 Ethics/Office MCLE credits

June 18, 2015

WVCLE Insurance Law

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: WVU Medical Center – Charleston, WV

June 18-19, 2015 – SAVE THE DATE!

Public Defender Services 2015 Annual Conference 

Host: West Virginia Public Defender Services

Location: Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV

For questions, please email