BAR BLAST – February 18th, 2014

February 18, 2014
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Pro Hac Vice Online Submission

The West Virginia State Bars Unlawful Practice of Law Committee is pleased to announce the new online system for Pro Hac Vice submissions. Starting February 18, 2014, all Pro Hac Vice Admission requests should be directed .

The new system will allow payment of filing fees on line and will expedite the submission process significantly. Paper submission will still be accepted, however online submissions are encouraged.

For general questions: Cheryl Petty – 

For technical questions: Mike Mellace –

For substantive questions: Executive Director, Anita Casey –

2014 State Bar Membership Directory

The 2014 edition of the membership directory should be available in late February. Instructions on free download will be available soon. If you wish to order a paper version click here for the order form.

L.E.O. Approved by the Lawyer Disciplinary Board

The Lawyer Disciplinary Board approved the following L.E.O. at its January 17, 2014 meeting: L.E.O. 2014-01: “The duty of counsel to treat all persons represented by a Guardian Ad Litem the same as any other person or party in terms of prohibited direct contact”.

Moot Court Judges Needed

The National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition at WVU Law is looking for volunteer judges.

Now in its fourth year, the competition attracts exceptional law students from across the country. Interested parties should contact Marc Valentine at

The event takes place on March 27-29th. 

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Legal Fellows Opportunities with US Attorney’s Office, NDWV

On Monday, February 24 at Noon at the WVU College of Law, Bill Ihlenfeld, the US Attorney for the Northern District, will be speaking about opportunities within his office through a Legal Fellows Program, as well as opportunities for part-time work as a Special Assistant US Attorney.  All positions are unpaid, but provide invaluable litigation experience, and can serve as transition period between law school and full-time practice, or assist those who are re-entering the profession.  This session is aimed at providing general information, and will be an opportunity for those in attendance to learn more about the US Attorney’s office.  Questions?  Contact Assistant Dean for Career Services – Amber Brugnoli at

Upcoming Events

February 24, 2014

WVCLE Regulation of CO2 Emissions Seminar 

Location: WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WV


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February 27, 2014

Use of Life Insurance in Estate Planning / Business Transition Planning

Location:  WVU Erickson Alumni Center – Morgantown, WV

Host:  North Central West Virginia Estate Planning Council

March 27, 2014

WVCLE Hot Issues in the Shale Play 

Location: Charleston Civic Center – Charleston, WV


May 9-10, 2014

WV State Bar Annual Meeting 

Location: Charleston, WV

Host: WV State Bar
This event has been approved for 6 hours of MCLE including 3 hours of ethics/law office technology. Details coming soon.

May 15, 2014

Finance and Estate Planning Seminar 

Location:Edgewood Country Club – Charleston, WV

Host: WV State Bar Probate Law Committee & WV Bankers Association

May 16, 2014

Mountain State Bar Annual MCLE  

Location: Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV

The Mountain State Bar Association has a great line up of speakers offering a total of six (6) MCLE hours including two (2) ethic hours. Contact Attorney Dwight Staples for information 304-523-5732. Click here for the event brochure

June 17-18, 2014  – UPDATED!

Basic Mediator Training 

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

July 7 & 10, 2014

CIP Child Abuse and Neglect Training  

July 7, 2014, at the Bridgeport Conference Center

July 10, 2014, at the Charleston Marriott

Registration will open this spring, when information will be posted on

July 8 & 11, 2014

CIP Juvenile Law Training 

July 8, 2014, at the Bridgeport Conference Center

July 11, 2014, at the Charleston Marriott

Registration will open this spring, when information will be posted on

July 17, 2014

Advanced Mediator Training 

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

Host: WV State Bar ADR Comittee