Bar Blast – December 8, 2015

December 8, 2015
HAPPY HANUKKAH! – December 6-14, 2015
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HAPPY HANUKKAH! – December 6-14, 2015

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.

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.

Share Savings with Your Employees at No Cost to You
WVSB members can offer firm employees discounts through National Purchasing Partners. Employee Discounts include: 1800 Flowers, Spy Optic, Best Buy, Expedia, ClubW, PetFirst Pet Insurance, LifeLock and myAutoloan. Click here to enroll your firm with NPP.

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.

Request for Public Comment on the Amendment to the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law
The Court is requesting public comment on amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law. The proposed amendment would permit the temporary practice of law in West Virginia by the attorney spouses of active service members assigned to a permanent duty station in West Virginia. The Court has approved a 60 day comment period to end on December 15, 2015. Any comments must be filed, in writing, with the WV Supreme Court Clerk’s Office.

Click here for a copy of the order

Upcoming Events

December 8 & 9, 2015
United States District Court for the Northern District CM/ECF Training
Location: Wheeling, WV – Grand Jury Room, 4th Floor
CLE: 3 CLE credits in office management

December 11, 2015
Free Training: Domestic Violence Protective Orders 
Join Legal Aid of West Virginia for a free CLE at the Kanawha County Judicial Annex, Voter Registration Room.  This 2.9 hour (pending) CLE will provide training on representation in Domestic Violence Protective Orders, from Start to Finish.  Trainers from Legal Aid of West Virginia will be joined by Kanawha County Magistrate Julie Yeager, who leads the DV Pilot Project court.  The training will be held on Friday,
December 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm in the Voter Registration Room.  You can sign up for the event by emailing or calling (304)343-3013 x 2138 by December 8, 2015.