BAR BLAST – April 29, 2014

April 29, 2014
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2014 State Bar Annual Meeting
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.

Click here for more information & registration details.

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.

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Establishment of Unified Electronic Filing System

Adoption of Amendments to the West Virginia Trial Court Rules, Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Criminal Procedure. Effective May 1, 2014.

John Fisher Retirement Celebration
May 7 at WVU College of Law

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

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 or 304-343-4481, ext. 2167.

Upcoming Events

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

To Register: Email –

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May 1, 2014

WVCLE Tips & Technology to Avoid Ethical Complaints and Increase Profitability 

Location: WVU Medical Center Charleston Division, Charleston, WV and LIVE via webcast!


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May 3, 2014

Business Law Division Annual Conference
Real Estate Law Division Annual Conference

Location: Oglebay Resort |Wheeling, WV

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association

May 5th at 1:30 pm & May 6th at 9:30am, 2014

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.

Friday, May 2, is the last day to make a reservation.
Interested parties please contact:
Kim Denny via email:

May 9-10, 2014

WV State Bar Annual Meeting 

Location: Charleston, WV

Host: WV State Bar
This event has been approved for 6 hours of MCLE including 5 hours of ethics/law office technology.

May 14-16, 2014

Defense Trial Counsel of WV 32nd Annual Meeting 

Location: Stonewall Resort

Host: Defense Trial Counsel of WV
Questions? Contact Peggy Schultz, Executive Director at 304-344-1611 or by email at

May 15, 2014

Finance and Estate Planning Seminar 

Location:Edgewood Country Club – Charleston, WV

Host: WV State Bar Probate Law Committee & WV Bankers Association

May 16, 2014

Mountain State Bar Annual MCLE  

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


June 5, 2014

WVCLE Recent Developments in the Law    

Location: Clarion Hotel, Shepherdstown, WV


June 6, 2014

Hot Topics for Government Lawyers  

Location: Capitol Conference Center – Charleston, WV

Host: WV State bar Government Lawyers Committee

June 12-13, 2014

2014 Annual Conference: “We are in this together”  

Location: Oglebay Resort & Conference Center

Host: WV Public Defender Services

June 17-18, 2014

Basic Mediation Training 

*There will be no Basic Mediation training in 2015.

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

Host: WV State Bar ADR Committee

July 7 & 10, 2014

CIP Child Abuse and Neglect Training  

July 7-8, 2014, at the Bridgeport Conference Center

July 10-11, 2014, at the Charleston Marriott

Host: The WV Court Improvement Program (CIP)

For more information go to

Click here for the brochure

July 8 & 11, 2014

CIP Juvenile Law Training 

July 8, 2014, at the Bridgeport Conference Center

July 11, 2014, at the Charleston Marriott

Host: The WV Court Improvement Program (CIP)

Registration will open this spring, when information will be posted on

July 17, 2014

Advanced Mediation Training 

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

Host: WV State Bar ADR Committee
Click here for online registration
Click here for the agenda
Note: There is no requirement to have completed Basic Mediation Training before attending the Advanced Program.
Questions? Contact Monica Haddad

August 7-9, 2014

128th Annual Meeting

Location:The Greenbrier

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association