BAR BLAST – February 3, 2015

February 3, 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 caseya@wvbar.org by NOON on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  Questions regarding the vacancy may be submitted to Debra H. Scudiere at dscudiere@kaycasto.com.

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.

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.
 

THE STATE BAR IS NO LONGER ABLE TO ACCEPT PAPER PRO HAC VICE SUBMISSIONS BECAUSE OF REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR OUT-OF-STATE LAWYERS. ALL OUT-OF-STATE LAWYERS MUST REGISTER ONLINE AND FILE PAPERWORK ELECTRONICALLY.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS.

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  http://www.wvnd.uscourts.gov/

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.

Supreme Court Updates

Amendment to Rules of Procedure 

for Administrative Appeals 

The Court is Proposing an amendment to Rule 2(h) of the Rules of  Procedure for Administrative Appeals. Public comments must be in writing and filed with the Clerk on or beforeFebruary 9, 2015. Click here for the Order

Upcoming Events

February 6-7, 2015

WVCLE Litigation 2015

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: Cannan Valley Resort – Davis, WV

March 26, 2015

WVCLE Shale Play Update

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: Charleston Civic Center

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.

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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