Bar Blast – December 15, 2015

December 15, 2015
The State Bar Center will be closed from 11:15 – 12:30pm on Tuesday, December 15th, due to the funeral of State Bar Past President T.D. Kauffelt Jr.
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2016 State Bar Membership Directory

The 2016 edition of the membership directory will be available online at no cost to members soon. To purchase a paper versionclick here for the order form.

Video Competition
The West Virginia State Bar is sponsoring a middle and high school video competition titled
The Significance of the Magna Carta on its 800th Anniversary.
Students must apply to become contestants, with written parental permission, by Tuesday, December 15, 2015.
For more information click here to view the press release.

State Bar Medical Insurance Program

WV State Bar members currently insured by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for health insurance are to receive premium notices form Highmark reflecting their new monthly premium effective January 1.
Attorneys desiring health insurance with Highmark, in accordance with the Affordable Care Act must enroll by
January 31, 2016.
Attorneys desiring to enroll with Highmark online may go to or contact PEIA, at 304-344-5320 for assistance in enrolling.

Trial Court Administrator Job Opening 
Trial Court Administrator for the Kanawha County Circuit Court. Will work in concert with the Kanawha County Circuit Judges under the supervision of the Chief Circuit Judge with the State Court Administrator. Responsibilities are managerial in nature and include court service delivery, determining and meeting operational requirements, overseeing facilities, budgeting, purchasing, overseeing personnel and performing related work as required. Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration or related field. Five years’ experience in administrative or supervisory role. Working familiarity with court rules, procedures, and administrative law. Must be technologically skilled to navigate and manage electronic-based court filing, case management and time management systems. Salary commensurate with experience. Candidates must pass a criminal background check.
Closing date is December 16, 2015.

Click here for more information on how to apply

West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest 
In this season of giving, please consider making a donation to the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest (WVFLIPI).  Since 1987, the “Fund” has been raising money to place WVU College of Law students in summer fellowships with public interest organizations throughout West Virginia.
All donations to WVFLIPI are tax deductible and will be acknowledged in writing.
All donations should be made out to WV Fund for Law in the Public Interest and sent to WVFLIPI, c/o P.O. Box 6130, Morgantown, WV  26506.  Please contact Jennifer Powell,; if you have any questions.

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 following the meeting. Click here for The Greenbrier hotel reservation form
Recent Supreme Court Orders

In RE: Approval of Amendments to the West Virginia Rules of Juvenile Procedure. 
By order entered November 25, 2015, the Court approved amendments to the West Virginia Rules of Juvenile Procedure, effective January 1, 2016.

In RE: Notice of Correction to Rule 21 of the WV Rules of Juvenile Procedure. 
By order entered December 4, 2015, the Court approved corrections to the West Virginia Rules of Juvenile Procedure, effective January 1, 2016.
Upcoming Events

February 5-6, 2016 – SAVE THE DATE!
WVCLE 36th Annual Litigation Seminar  
WVCLE will present the “Litigation” seminar, February 5-6, 2016, at the Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, WV.  Hotel rooms are available February 4-6, 2016, at Canaan Valley Resort starting at $119 per night.  Unreserved rooms will be released on Monday, January 4, 2016! You may make your reservations by calling the resort at (800) 622-4121 and asking for the West Virginia Continuing Legal Education room block.  If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or call (304) 293-7255.