The State Bar is pleased to announce the 2014 Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place in Charleston on May 9 & 10th.
6 hours CLE, including 5 hours of ethics/law office management, will be offered. A banquet will be held May 9th recognizing 50 Year Members, State Bar Past Presidents, and Award winners.
Request for Comment on Proposed Revisions to the Rules of Profession Conduct and Ancillary Matters
By order entered April 14, 2014, the Court approved a 60-day period of public comment on major revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct that are intended to update the rules in conformity with West Virginia law, and are largely patterned after the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct. As a consequence of the proposed revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct, two additional subject matters are affected: admission of out-of-state lawyers pro hac vice and the administration of client trust accounts, including the Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program. These two subject matters are addressed in Rule 8 of the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law and proposed State Bar Administrative Rule 10, respectively. State Bar Administrative Rule 10 will form a part of a new set of rules that will replace the existing State Bar Rules and Regulations. The new State Bar Administrative Rules are still under development, and the remaining portions will be released for comment later this year. Because State Bar Administrative Rule 10 relates to the subject matter in the proposed amendments to Rule 1.15 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, it is appropriate for consideration as part of this package of rule changes. All practicing lawyers are encouraged to review the revisions carefully and submit comments. The public comment period closes on Friday, June 13, 2014. To review the proposed changes, click here.
Amendment to Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse
By order entered on April 24, 2014, the Court approved amendments to the Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, guidelines for children’s guardians ad litem in child abuse and neglect proceedings, and a required form guardian ad litem report.
Members of the Bar are invited to the retirement celebration for WVU Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus John Fisher on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the College’s new Event Hall. The John W. Fisher II Courtroom will be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP with names of all attending by May 1, 2014, to email@example.com.
Legal Aid Ethics CLE
Legal Aid of West Virginia is hosting an ethics presentation, “Ethics Update,” presented by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel on Friday, May 2nd, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. The ethics one hour CLE session will be presented live at Legal Aid’s Charleston office and will also be available via videoconference at each of Legal Aid’s local offices (Beckley, Clarksburg, Elkins, Huntington, Lewisburg, Logan, Parkersburg, Princeton, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Wheeling). There is no cost to attend the presentation. All bar members are welcome, though space is limited. RSVP to Kate White at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-343-4481, ext. 2167.
May 1, 2014 – Noon to 5pm
Family Law Spring CLE
Location: Edgewood Country Club – Charleston, WV
Host: Kanawha County Bench Bar Committee & The West Virginia State Bar Family Law Committee
5.80 total including 2.40 in ethics/office management
United States Northern District Court CM/ECF Training
Location: Elkins, WV – District Judge Courtroom
About:The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia requires all attorneys to electronically file all pleadings, using the Court’s Case Management Electronic Filing System (referred to as CM/ECF). The Court is offering a two and one half hour (2 1/2) training course for attorneys and/or their support staff on use of the CM/ECF filing system on the following days in the Elkins Point of Holding Court.
Both classes located in the District Judge Courtroom, Elkins
Attorneys and/or staff may attend one class. Attorneys completing the 2 1/2 hour class will earn 3 CLE credits for office management. There is no charge for the classes. Reservations
are required, as there is a limit of 12 students per class.
Location: Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
The Mountain State Bar Association has a great line up of speakers offering a total of six (6) MCLE hours including two (2) ethic hours. Contact Attorney Dwight Staples for information 304-523-5732. Click here for the event brochure
May 16, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Family Law Committee Meeting
Location: State Bar Center – Charleston, WV
Host: WV State Bar Family Law Committee
May 29, 2014
Taming Your iPad, Outlook, and Document & Task Management Technology
Location: Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
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