Bar Blast – February 23, 2016

February 23, 2016
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Electronic Voting
Today 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.
All voting MUST BE COMPLETED BY MIDNIGHT, MARCH 20, 2016. Election results will be available March 25, 2016.
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

2016 State Bar Membership Directory

The 2016 edition of the membership directory is now available online at no cost to members.

Click here to view and download the membership directory online.
To purchase a paper version click here for the order form. 

Reminder: Pro Bono Training Survey for Legal Aid
All State Bar members previously received an email from Legal Aid asking for input regarding the development of free online trainings for pro bono attorneys.  If you have not taken the survey, please take a few minutes to provide Legal Aid with your input by clicking the link below.   Your input will help Legal Aid develop better, more effective trainings.  Thank you for your time and help.

Public Interest Advocates Auction
The annual PIA auction will be at the WVU College of Law on Thursday, March 10th. A buffet dinner ($10) will be served at 5 p.m. and the auction begins at 6 p.m. in the new Event Space at the College of Law. All proceeds from the auction fund summer and full time public interest fellowships for WVU College of Law students.
There will be a lawyer door prize, raffles, and many interesting items up for bid. Some items of interest? A round of golf for 4 with cart and fees at the Greenbrier; golf for 2 and dinner at Nemacolin Resort; a handmade briefcase from Tanner’s Alley; a Fit Bit donated by LexisNexis; Pirates tickets; Steelers tickets; a year of admission to the Mon County Bar meetings (12 CLE’s!); Artwork; books; and much more!
If you are interested in receiving a list of auction items or arranging for a proxy bidder, please email

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.

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.

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. 

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 3-4, 2016
Annual Conference and Meeting of the West Virginia State Bar
Host: The West Virginia State Bar
Location: The Greenbrier

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: Kanawha County Family Law Bench-Bar 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.

May 14, 2016 – Save the Date!
Mountain State Bar Association Annual Meeting
Host: Mountain State Bar Association
Location: Bluefield, WV at Fincastle Country Club
Questions? Contact Cheryl Henderson at

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

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!
Questions? Contact

October 2016 – Save the Date!
State Bar Regional Meetings
Host: WV State Bar
October 4 – Beckley
October 19 – Morgantown
October 5 – Martinsburg October 20 – Wheeling
October 6 – Moorefield October 25 – Charleston
October 7 – Logan October 26 – Huntington
October 18 – Clarksburg October 27 – Parkersburg
More information coming soon.