TO COMPLETE VIA PAPER FORM (which must be POSTMARKED on or before September 2, 2014), click here.
IF YOU HAVE A FIRM ADMINISTRATOR OR WANT TO REGISTER A FIRM ADMINISTRATOR: Firms with 5 or more members are able to delegate a firm administrator to complete reporting and fees on their behalf. Click here for more information.
West Virginia Online Legal Help-New Pro Bono Opportunity
The West Virginia State Bar is excited to announce a new opportunity for attorneys to provide pro bono assistance to the public anytime, from anywhere. West Virginia Online Legal Help(www.wvonlinelegalhelp.org)is a new website where low-income West Virginians can post questions about their civil legal needs. The questions are answered by volunteer attorneys, who provide basic information and legal advice for free.
We need West Virginia attorneys to sign up to volunteer. The benefits of volunteering include:
No expectation of long-term representation.
Professional liability insurance provided.
Attorney’s name is anonymous to user.
Please go to www.wvonlinelegalhelp.org and click on “Lawyers Sign Up” to register to volunteer. We hope to open the website to questions from the public in September 2014.
The West Virginia State Bar, in conjunction with the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, is pleased to offer a new service to our members. In addition to receiving emails advising of situations, disseminated by the Supreme Court, which may impact your practice (these notifications include courthouse closings or similar events in your county and contiguous counties), you may now register to receive these notifications on your mobile phone via text message (SMS). Standard text messaging rates would apply, should you choose to avail yourself of this service. To do so log in towww.mywvbar.org and update the notification section of your member profile.
Please note: only members who register for this service will be notified via text message.
State Bar Polo Shirts
The West Virginia State Bar has a limited number of navy blue polo shirts embroidered with the name “WV State Bar” available for purchase. Available sizes are men’s: 6 large, 2 Xlarge and 3 XXlarge – ladies: 2 Xlarge and 1 XXlarge. If you are interested in purchasing one of these shirts for $25 (which includes shipping) please contact Cheryl Petty email@example.com or 304-553-7229.
Supreme Court Updates
Approval of Revisions to the West Virginia Rules of Evidence
On September 2, 2014, revisions to the West Virginia Rules of Evidence become effective.
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. 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.
Below is a list of tentative dates and locations.
Oct. 7 – Bridgeport
Oct. 23 – Moorfield
Oct. 8 – Morgantown
Oct. 28 – Huntington
Oct. 16 – Wheeling
Oct. 29 -Parkersburg
Oct. 21 – Beckley
Oct. 30 – Charleston
Oct. 22 – Martinsburg
Check back soon for registration and more details.
October 19, 2014
65th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Tax Institute
Location: Canaan Valley Resort, Davis, 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