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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The 2016 Annual Conference and Meeting of the West Virginia State Bar
The West Virginia State Bar’s Annual Conference and Meeting is the ideal venue to reconnect with lawyers and friends – and to build new relationships – all while enjoying the amenities of West Virginia’s premier resort, the Greenbrier. Take advantage of excellent Greenbrier accommodation rates offered only to our members* and obtain CLE credits at presentations by our Judiciary and nationally recognized presenters. Upon arrival, all are encouraged to attend the State Bar Annual Dinner on Sunday, April 3rd, where 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. On Monday, April 4th, attend the CLE program consisting of 6 hours of presentations that promise to be informative and helpful to your practice. Attendance at the Dinner on Sunday, April 3, and the CLE program on Monday, April 4, is only $195.00. For those who can only attend the seminar on April 4, the cost is $75.00. For those who can only attend the dinner on April 3, the cost is $130.00.
*The special discounted room rates will be available for the two days prior to and the two days following the 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.
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.
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