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Annual Membership Reporting & Fees
The deadline for Reporting and Fee payment is midnight, September 1, 2015. For more information on how to complete this process go to www.wvbar.org.
The State Bar has been working to partner with organizations to create member benefits for all of our members. Currently we have two new programs that we would like members to know about. Member benefits can be located on the State Bar website at www.wvbar.org under “For Attorneys” > “Member Benefits” on the drop down menu.
ALPS Attorney Match allows lawyers from all walks of the profession to create a profile and build a network of other attorneys with shared interests.
Unlawful Practice of Law (UPL) Public Hearing
Advocacy by Non-Lawyers before WV Administrative Proceedings
The Unlawful Practice of Law Committee of the West Virginia State Bar will conduct an open hearing on the issue of whether the appearance by non-lawyers in an advocacy role in state administrative proceedings constitutes the unlawful practice of law. This hearing will take place on September 3, 2015, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The hearing will be at the West Virginia State Bar offices located at 2000 Deitrick Blvd, Charleston, WV 25311. Lawyers or non-lawyers wishing to be heard on this issue must register with the State Bar no later than August 24, 2015 by emailing Executive Director Anita Casey email@example.com. Speakers will be allowed to present in the order they register. Speaking time will be strictly limited to 5 minutes.
State Bar Annual Meeting 2016
The West Virginia State Bar 2016 Annual Meeting will be held at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Six hours of continuing legal education will be offered onMonday, April 4, for a total cost of $75. Discounted room rates will be available for two days before and after the meeting. Agenda topics are being finalized. Presenters will include members of our federal judiciary and nationally renowned speakers. A buffet dinner will be held on Sunday, April 3 at 7PM.. All are invited to attend the dinner where 2016 Fifty Year Bar Members, Past Presidents of the State Bar and award winners for both the State Bar and Legal Aid of West Virginia will be recognized. The cost for the dinner will be $130/person. Registration for both events will be at a cost of $195/person. Keep watching the Bar Blast for updates on the Annual Meeting.
Annual Professional Limited Liability (PLLC) Organization Renewals
In order to insure that your PLLC is in compliance with the laws of The State of West Virginia, you need to file an annual renewal application with The State Bar. Any change in the corporate organization from the prior year must be reported. COPIES OF CURRENT CERTIFICATES OF INSURANCE ARE REQUIRED. Every PLLC must also register an email address.
If your organization renewed online previously click here to login. PLLC Annual Renewals were due by July 1, 2015. If you have questions concerning PLLC reporting requirements contact Anita R. Casey at 304-553-7228 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 email@example.com.
In Re: Approval of Amendments to Rule 15A.04 of the West Virginia Trial Court Rules
By order entered July 27, 2015, the Court approved amendments to Rule 15A.04 of the West Virginia Trial Court Rules with regard to participation in the Unified Electronic Filing System Pilot Project.
The Court entered an order seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the West Virginia Code of Judicial Conduct. The order is available on the Recent Rules Orders page of the Court’s website using this link.
The public comment period ends September 8, 2015. All comments must be in writing and filed with the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office.
Request for Public Comment on Proposed Revisions to the Rules of Appellate Procedure
On July 13, 2015, the Court entered an order requesting public comment on proposed revisions to the Rules of Appellate Procedure that will likely be of interest to your organizations. Among other changes, the proposed revisions are intended to provide guidance to counsel in criminal appeals, habeas corpus appeals, or abuse and neglect appeals when counsel lacks a good faith belief that an appeal is warranted, and the client demands that an appeal be advanced. The order is available atthis link. The deadline for public comments is September 11, 2015. All comments must be in writing and filed with the Clerk.
Lawyer Disciplinary Board Request For Public Comments
The Lawyer Disciplinary Board is soliciting public comments on the following Legal Ethics Opinions:
L.E.O. 2015-01: Use of Stand-In Counsel
Deadline for submissions: September 14, 2015. Please submit your written comments to the following address: Stand-In Counsel Committee, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304.
L.E.O. 2015-02: Social Media and Attorneys
Deadline for submissions: September 14, 2015. Please submit your written comments to the following address: Social Media
Committee, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304.
L.E.O. 2015: The Amended Rules of Professional Conduct and the Effect on L.E.I. 98-02
Deadline for submissions: September 14 2015. Please submit your written comments to the following address: L.E.O. Committee, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304.
Request for Public Comment on Amendments to the West Virginia Rules of Juvenile Procedure.
On July 22, 2015, the Court approved a sixty-day period for public comment on the proposed amendments to the West Virginia Rules of Juvenile Procedure. The proposed amendments to the Rules reflect the reorganization of Chapter 49 of the Code and incorporate statutory reforms to the juvenile justice system. Comments may be filed, in writing, with the Clerk of the Court on or before September 22, 2015.
October 13-29, 2015: The West Virginia State Bar will hold nine Regional Meetings this fall. These meetings will provide 3.0 Continuing Legal Education credits in the areas of ethics, office management, substance abuse, and/or elimination of bias. The seminars have only been approved for CLE credit in West Virginia. Lunch will be included at each meeting. Each Regional Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last until, approximately, 1:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per person. One of The State Bar’s Officers will attend each meeting.
66th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Tax Institute
Host: The West Virginia Tax Institute, The West Virginia Bar Association, The West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accounts, The College of Law, the College of Business and Economics and West Virginia University
Location: The Resort at Glade Springs, Daniels, West Virginia
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