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
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
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
NEW YLS OFFICERS
Jasmine R. H. Morton – Chairperson, Sutton
Matthew L. Harvey – Vice-Chairperson. Martinsburg
Shannon P. Smith – Secretary, Morgantown
YOUNG LAWYERS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 andwww.wvbar.org 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
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 atwww.governor.wv.gov. 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 email@example.com.
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 Alicia@yla-youthleadership.org.
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.
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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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