BAR BLAST – February 17, 2015

February 17, 2015
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Vacancy on the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission

There is an attorney vacancy on the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission.  Pursuant to W. Va. Code § 3-10-3a(b), the State Bar Board of Governors shall assist the Governor in filling the vacancy by nominating “no more than twenty nor less than ten best qualified attorneys for appointment to the commission.”  No more than four appointed members may be from the same political party.  Further, no more than three appointed members of the commission may be residents of the same congressional district.  All members of the Commission must be citizens of WV.  In light of the current composition of the JVAC, the vacancy must be filled by a non-Democrat (i.e., a Republican, Independent, or other) from either the 1st or 3rd Congressional District.  Qualified attorneys interested in applying for a position on this volunteer, non-paid Commission should submit their names, with accompanying resumes and any letters of reference, to Anita R. Casey at by NOON on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  Questions regarding the vacancy may be submitted to Debra H. Scudiere at

WV Division of Highways

The West Virginia Division of Highways is updating its statewide list of attorneys interested in preparing title abstracts and conducting closings. Any attorney interested in providing such work on a contract basis should send a letter of interest and a resume showing sufficient familiarity with title work to: A.M.
“Fenway” Pollack, West Virginia Department Transportation, Division of Highways, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Building 5, Room A631, Charleston, WV. 25305-0430

Chief Public Defender and Assistant Public Defenders in The Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation

The Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation (Wood and Wirt Counties) is accepting applications for the position of Chief Public Defender and Assistant Public Defenders. Any persons interested may submit resumes to: C. Blaine Myers, Chairman, By Mail at:  P.O. Box 287, Parkersburg, WV 26102 or by email Applicationsfor Chief Public Defender should be submitted by February 28, 2015.

Pro Hac Vice Changes

Important changes to the West Virginia pro hac vice admission procedures became effective on January 1, 2015.  These changes include a new $350 annual fee to be paid by out-of-state lawyers admitted pro hac vice on or before January 1, 2015.  Click here to review the September 29, 2014, Order


An implementation Order entered December 12, 2014, requires local counsel, for out-of-state lawyers admitted during the past five years, to contact those counsel to determine whether the annual fee applies. The fee must be paid by the out-of-state lawyer on or before March 31, 2015.

Click here to review the December 12, 2014, Order.



2015 State Bar Membership Directory

The 2015 edition of the membership directory should be available in February. If you wish to order a paper version click here for the order form.

Appointment of a Full-Time United States

 Magistrate Judge

The US District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia is accepting applications for a full-time US Magistrate Judge to serve the Clarksburg and Elkins points of holding court.   The term of office is eight years subject to reappointment. The full position description, and application forms may be obtained from the Clerk’s offices in Clarksburg, Elkins, Martinsburg, or Wheeling and on

Applications must be submitted personally or by certified mail and received by March 13, 2015.  Applicants must submit an original and ten copies of the application in an envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL” to Cheryl Dean Riley, Clerk of Court, U.S. District Court, 1125 Chapline Street, P.O. Box 471, Wheeling WV 26003.

Notice of Vacancy for the Position of United States Bankruptcy Judge

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for theSouthern District of West Virginia atCharleston.Applications must be COMPLETED AND RECEIVED NO LATER THAN March 2, 2015.

Upcoming Events

March 26, 2015

WVCLE Shale Play Update

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: Charleston Civic Center

April 10, 2015

The Intersection of Water & Energy:  Implications of Water Protection on Energy Production

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: WVU College of Law

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April 17-18, 2015 – SAVE THE DATE!

State Bar Annual Meeting

Host: The West Virginia State Bar

Location: Glade Springs Resort – Beckley, WV

Registration information will be available soon.

April 29, 2015 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Family Law CLE – 

Host: Presented by Kanawha County Family Law Bench Bar Committee

Location: Edgewood Country Club

CLE: 6 credit hours including law management and ethics
Cost: $70 (including lunch)
Registration: Call 304-344-2121 or send check made payable to Kanawha County Family Law Bench Bar Committee to: Susan Shepard, Esq., 218 6th Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177

April 30, 2015

WVCLE Healthcare Law

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: WVU Robert C. Byrd Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia

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May 14, 2015

WVCLE Dilapidated Buildings and Abandoned Properties

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: WVU Robert C. Byrd Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia

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June 18-19, 2015 – SAVE THE DATE!

Public Defender Services 2015 Annual Conference 

Host: West Virginia Public Defender Services

Location: Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV

For questions, please email

August 2-7, 2015

Summer CLE Seminar

Host: Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership

Location: Cambridge, England

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