Bar Blast – February 16, 2016

February 16, 2016
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Electronic Voting
On February 23, 2016, members in districts 1-5 will be emailed information on how to submit votes for Board of Governor and Young Lawyer Section Executive Committee Nominees using the State Bar’s E-Voting system. Each member will be provided a specific link to vote for the nominees in his or her district.
A test of the new electronic voting system can be accessed clicking here until Friday, February 19th at 5pm. Questions on the operation of the voting system should be directed to Mike Mellace at Other questions should be directed to the Elections Committee via Anita R. Casey at

Avoiding Scam Emails
The WV Office of Technology has provided information on avoiding accidentally opening phishing or other scam emails. For detailed information on the recommendations click here.

Position Available in American Bar Association House of Delegates
West Virginia has been allotted an additional spot in the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.  The spot is for a young lawyer.  Under ABA Guidelines, a young lawyer is an attorney who is 35 years of age or younger or who has been in practice less than five years.  If you qualify as a young lawyer and are interested in being considered for the position, which will begin after the August, 2016, annual meeting and will run through the August 2018, annual meeting, please submit your interest to Anita R. Casey at  Currently the State ABA members’ delegate is Judge John Bailey of Wheeling ( The State Bar’s delegate is Debra Scudiere of Morgantown (  Either Judge Bailey or Ms. Scudiere, or YLS Executive Committee Chairperson Jasmine Morton ( would be happy to respond to any inquiries you may have.  Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2016. To review the ABA House of Delegate Reimbursement Rules click here.

We Need Your Help
The West Virginia State Bar’s Lawyer Assistance Program Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Todd Mount, of Shaffer and Shaffer in Madison, has agreed to serve as the Program’s Volunteer Coordinator.  The Volunteer Coordinator will serve as a liaison between the Board and the LAP Director to locate and coordinate work needed to grow the Program’s capacity of meeting its mission of assisting lawyers who develop physical or mental infirmity, substance abuse or other problems that interfere with a lawyer’s provision of services.  If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please contact either Todd Mount ( or Anita Casey ( to advise of your interest in assisting.  Thank you for helping the State Bar and the members of the Board serve attorneys in need in West Virginia. 

9th Judicial Circuit Vacancy
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 9th Judicial Circuit serving Mercer County.    Candidates must submit completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 18, 2016.  The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is March 1, 2016.  Applications and instructions are available at  For more information about the application process, please call Manda Bickoff at 304-558-2000.  Interviews will be held in Charleston on March 7, 2016.

ABA 2016 Midyear Meeting – 
House of Delegates Actions
If you are interested in reviewing the actions taken by the ABA House of Delegates at the 2016 midyear meeting 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 (including 3 credits in elimination of bias and office management) 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 CLE seminar has been approved in WV for 6 credits including 3 office management and elimination of bias credits.
*The special discounted room rates will be available for the two days following the meeting. Click here for The Greenbrier hotel reservation form
Upcoming Events

March 10, 2016 at Noon
Family Law State Bar Committee Meeting Held With WVU CLE 
Host: WV State Bar Family Law Committee
Location: WVU CAMC Education Center

March 24, 2016
New Developments in the Shale Gas Play Seminar 
Location: West Virginia University Medical Center – Charleston Division in Charleston, WV
If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or call (304) 293-7255.

March 31, 2016
Annual Bench & Bar Seminar Reception WV Supreme Court of Appeals Candidates’ Forum
Host: WV Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and The Kanawha and Putnam County Bar Associations
Location: The Charleston Marriott
For more information or to register, call 800-944-9822 or e-mail

April 21, 2016
WVCLE Employment Law Seminar 
Location: West Virginia University Medical Center – Charleston Division in Charleston, WV
If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or call (304) 293-7255.

May 3, 2016 – 10am-5pm
Kanawha County Family Law CLE Seminar 
Host: WV State Bar Family Law Committee
Location: Edgewood Country Club – Charleston, WV
Seminar Cost: $90 (lunch included)

To register send payment to Susan Shepard – Post Office Box 418 St.Albans, WV 25177.

June 21-22, 2016 
Basic Mediation Training
Host: WV State Bar ADR Committee
Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

July 20, 2016 
Advanced Mediation Training – Advocacy in Mediation
Host: WV State Bar ADR Committee
Location: Bridgeport Conference Center – Bridgeport, WV
More information and registration coming soon!