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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.
New Member Benefit – National Purchasing Partners
As a member of the State Bar, you now have access to discount pricing on a variety of products and services through National Purchasing Partners, a free discount program which has no obligation to purchase.
National Purchasing Partners is one of the nation’s largest group purchasing organizations, leveraging the purchasing power of its combined membership to offer superior discounts from world class vendors.
Currently Participating Vendors with the State Bar Include:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Speakers will be allowed to present in the order they register. Speaking time will be strictly limited to 5 minutes.
MCLE Credit Reporting Procedures
Many sponsors are now electronically reporting your credits. Credits are imported directly into the database. You will receive an e-mail notification that a course has been added to your record. It is your responsibility to login to the member portal at www.mywvbar.org and notify email@example.com any changes or duplications on your record. However, it is still the attorney’s responsibility to ensure that all credits are properly reported to the MCLE Commission by the July 31, 2016, filing deadline for the July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2016 reporting period. If you file a paper certificate of attendance a $10 paper processing fee must be submitted with your certificate. Hours will not be recorded if not accompanied by the processing fee. The Commission WILL NOT invoice you.
To determine if a seminar has been approved, you can login to the member portal to check the sponsor list. If the sponsor is not listed as a presumptive provider, you will need to search the approved course list to determine if the course has been approved. If the course does not appear, you will need to submit the attorney application for individual course approval online through the portal. You must submit the detailed agenda, brief speaker biographical sketches, and a $20 processing fee. If you submit a paper form for course approval, it requires a $30 fee. If you want the credits posted to your record, an additional $10 fee is required for processing the certificate of attendance.
Painkiller Panel Discussion at WVU Law
WVU Law is hosting a panel discussion about the painkiller epidemic on Monday, August 31, at 7 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom. Panelists include WVU professors John Temple (journalism), Valarie Blake (health care law) and Carl Sullivan (medicine). Temple is the author of “American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic” (Lyons Press, 2015). Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, click here.
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.
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 9th Family Court Circuit serving Logan County. Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. onSeptember 8, 2015. The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is September 15, 2015. Applications and instructions are available at www.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 September 29 or September 30, 2015.
21st Judicial Circuit Vacancy
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 21st Judicial Circuit serving Grant, Mineral, and Tucker Counties. Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 8, 2015. The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is September 15, 2015. Applications and instructions are available at www.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 September 29 or September 30, 2015.
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.
The West Virginia Supreme Court will be holding WV E-File training
for attorneys and staff on Monday August 24th at 10:00am. The training will take place in the Berkeley County Commission room. This training is free and you will receive CLE credit. Please RSVP toJill.Connolly@courtswv.gov
Better Outcomes For Youth: A Cross-Training For Defenders, Attorneys, And Advocates With Clients At Risk For Or Involved In Delinquency Or Criminal Matters Who Have Special Education Needs Or Mental Health Conditions.
Host: West Virginia Advocates and the Mid-Atlantic Defender Center
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
This time of year we are especially thankful for our attorneys who have always given back to their communities. This month’s MoreThanALawyer Natalie Sal exemplifies the best in West Virginia attorneys with her generous giving of her time in both her legal practice and her private life. Read more about our Thanksgiving MoreThanALawyer below. ********************************************************************* Community service and engagement have always been a priority in Natalie Sal’s life. She and her Morgantown firm Sal Sellaro Culpepper Legal Group routinely provide pro bono legal services for clients of the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC), WV Legal Aid, and WV Bar’s Legal Connect, and they have received multiple awards in recognition of their many years of pro bono service. Passionate about helping children and families, Natalie has served as a member of the West Virginia Court Improvement Oversight Board (charged with working state-wide to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system) and frequently presents at continuing legal education conferences statewide on issues relating to child welfare.
Natalie’s philosophy – that the generous sharing of our time and talents is essential for our community to thrive – has been every bit as much a driving force in her private life. She is on the Board of Directors of Christian Help, a local nonprofit providing necessities and services to area residents, and is a consultant for The Pantry Plus More, another local nonprofit whose mission is to help provide food, clothing, and other necessities to school-aged children. Natalie spent over 18 years as a frequent volunteer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, providing both extensive on-air volunteer assistance and off-air support for television and radio fund drives. She encourages others to become involved with the various community organizations and efforts addressing the challenges facing families in West Virginia, believing that, "Our collective wisdom is so much greater than that of any one of us alone."
As a mother of two amazing children (and volunteers-in-training), Natalie is an extremely active volunteer and fundraiser for Morgantown Learning Academy, her children’s nonprofit school, and serves on the affiliated Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Advisory Board that oversees the unique Mountain SOL outdoor education program. With a deep love of science and an engineering background, Natalie and her husband also promote science engagement and education for children in the community. From her daily social media “Cool Science Fact” to coaching FIRST Lego Robotics to providing occasional hands-on science exhibitions at area schools and daycare programs, Natalie encourages adults and children alike to get involved and to “Play science!”
Thank you, Natalie, for your dedication to pro bono service and to these volunteer organizations and the families they serve. You make us proud! ****************************************************** 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