Final Day to Submit: Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Elections
Nominating petitions for Districts 1,2,3,4 and 5 were sent out to all active members on January 13, 2016. Nominating Petitions must be received, by mail, email or fax no later than midnight
February 10, 2016, by the Executive Director of The West Virginia State Bar.
On February 23, 2016 members in districts 1-5 will be emailed information on how to submit their votes for Board of Governor and Young Lawyer Section Executive Committee Nominees using the State Bar E-Voting system. Each member will be provided with a specific link to vote for the nominees in their district.
A test of the new electronic voting system can be accessed byclicking here. Questions on the operation of the voting system should be directed to Mike Mellace at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other questions should be directed to the Elections Committee via Anita R. Casey at email@example.com.
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 8 and 9, 2016, annual meeting and will run through the August 2018, annual meeting, please submit your interest to Anita R. Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently the State ABA members’ delegate is Judge John Bailey of Wheeling (email@example.com). The State Bar’s delegate is Debra Scudiere of Morgantown (firstname.lastname@example.org). Either Judge Bailey or Ms. Scudiere, or YLS Executive Committee Chairperson Jasmine Morton (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Anita Casey (email@example.com) 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 www.governor.wv.gov. 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.
Corrections to Rules of Professional Conduct and Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure
The West Virginia State Bar and the Office of Disciplinary Council want to notify attorneys that certain sections of Michie’s West Virginia Code Annotated, State Court Rules 2016 are incomplete or out of date. Links to the correct sections are as followed:
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.