IF YOU HAVE A FIRM ADMINISTRATOR OR WANT TO REGISTER A FIRM ADMINISTRATOR. Firms with 5 or more members are able to delegate a firm administrator to complete reporting and fees on their behalf. Click here for more information.
The July 1, 2012 – June 30,2014 Reporting Period end on June 30, 2014. The completion and filing deadline is July 31, 2014.
Active members of the Bar are required to complete and file 24 approved credits, including at least 3 credits in legal ethics, office management, substance abuse, and/or elimination of bias in the legal profession credits. Active members admitted between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, are required to file 12 approved credits, including at least 3 credits in legal ethics, office management, substance abuse, and/or elimination of bias in the legal profession credits.
You may check your credits online, and submit new activities online through the member portal at www.mywvbar.org. Paper MCLE submissions require a $10 processing fee payable to the WV State Bar. Paper forms will not be processed without the required fee.
Annual Professional Limited Liability Organization Renewals
You are required file an annual renewal application of your PLLC with The State Bar. Any change in the corporate organization from the prior year must be reported and a copy of the current certificate of insurance in the name of the PLLC is required.
Public Notice for Reappointment of Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert
The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert at Wheeling,West Virginia, is due to expire onMarch 23, 2015. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of a magistrate judge to a new 8-year term.
Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent Magistrate Judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the Court
The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce that you may now obtain information on County Bar representatives on the State Bar’s website. To access the name and phone number of the attorney identified in each county as the “contact person” for that Bar, go to the State Bar’s website atwww.wvbar.org and click on “about us.” On the drop down menu, click on County Bar Associations and scroll down to the County you need.
Supreme Court Updates
Approval of Revisions to the West Virginia Rules of Evidence
On September 2, 2014, revisions to the West Virginia Rules of Evidence become effective.
Filing fees increased for all Civil Cases on July 1, 2014 to $200. This fee change adds a new fee of $200 for defendants filing counterclaims, cross claims, third party complaints and motions to intervene.
The fee for miscellaneous petitions in family court will increase to $200 this includes Paternity, Child Support, Visitation and Custody, Infant Guardianships, etc. Petitions for Divorce, Separate Maintenance will remain at $135; Modifications of Family Court orders will remain at $85; Expedited petitions in family court remain $35.
Rules of Practice and Procedure for Minor Guardianship Proceedings
The Court is requesting Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to The Rules of Practice and Procedure for Minor Guardianship Proceedings. Public Comments are to be filed with the Clerk of the West Virginia Supreme Court on or before August 11, 2014.
The Court is requesting Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to RULE 3.29 of the Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure. Public Comments are to be filed with the Clerk of Clerk of the West Virginia Supreme Court on or before
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This time of year we are especially thankful for our attorneys who have always given back to their communities. This month’s MoreThanALawyer Natalie Sal exemplifies the best in West Virginia attorneys with her generous giving of her time in both her legal practice and her private life. Read more about our Thanksgiving MoreThanALawyer below. ********************************************************************* Community service and engagement have always been a priority in Natalie Sal’s life. She and her Morgantown firm Sal Sellaro Culpepper Legal Group routinely provide pro bono legal services for clients of the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC), WV Legal Aid, and WV Bar’s Legal Connect, and they have received multiple awards in recognition of their many years of pro bono service. Passionate about helping children and families, Natalie has served as a member of the West Virginia Court Improvement Oversight Board (charged with working state-wide to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system) and frequently presents at continuing legal education conferences statewide on issues relating to child welfare.
Natalie’s philosophy – that the generous sharing of our time and talents is essential for our community to thrive – has been every bit as much a driving force in her private life. She is on the Board of Directors of Christian Help, a local nonprofit providing necessities and services to area residents, and is a consultant for The Pantry Plus More, another local nonprofit whose mission is to help provide food, clothing, and other necessities to school-aged children. Natalie spent over 18 years as a frequent volunteer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, providing both extensive on-air volunteer assistance and off-air support for television and radio fund drives. She encourages others to become involved with the various community organizations and efforts addressing the challenges facing families in West Virginia, believing that, "Our collective wisdom is so much greater than that of any one of us alone."
As a mother of two amazing children (and volunteers-in-training), Natalie is an extremely active volunteer and fundraiser for Morgantown Learning Academy, her children’s nonprofit school, and serves on the affiliated Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Advisory Board that oversees the unique Mountain SOL outdoor education program. With a deep love of science and an engineering background, Natalie and her husband also promote science engagement and education for children in the community. From her daily social media “Cool Science Fact” to coaching FIRST Lego Robotics to providing occasional hands-on science exhibitions at area schools and daycare programs, Natalie encourages adults and children alike to get involved and to “Play science!”
Thank you, Natalie, for your dedication to pro bono service and to these volunteer organizations and the families they serve. You make us proud! ****************************************************** What is our MoreThanALawyer campaign all about? It highlights all the ways West Virginia’s attorneys impact lives within and outside of their profession. West Virginia's lawyers are service members, volunteers, mentors, coaches, musicians and committed advocates. In all of these roles, they make a difference in their community. Each month we share a MoreThanALawyer story on West Virginia State Bar’s Facebook and Twitter pages. ... See MoreSee Less