BAR BLAST – July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014
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Annual Membership Reporting & Fees 2014-15
Members can comply with FRD & IOLTA reporting requirements and pay fees anytime before or on September 2, 2014. 
TO COMPLETE ONLINE, please go to:www.mywvbar.org and log in. Select the “Reporting & Fees” icon to complete payment and complete requirements.

TO COMPLETE VIA PAPER FORM, click here.

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.
  Membership Questions: (304) 553-7220; or cheryl@wvbar.org
Technical Questions: (304) 553-7223; or support@wvbar.org

MCLE 2012-14 Reporting Period

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.

For questions regarding MCLE contact Hope Gresham atgreshamh@wvbar.org or 304-553-7238.

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.

Renewals were due July 1, 2014.  

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

County Bar Representatives

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.

Click here for a copy of the order and revisions 

Increase in Civil Filing Fees

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.

Click Here for the Proposed Amendments 

Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure

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

August 18, 2014.

Click Here for the Proposed Amendments

Upcoming Events

July 25, 2014

WVCLE – Accounting for Lawyers 

Location: WVU Medical Center, Charleston, WV

Host: WVCLE
Note:This seminar is accredited for 8.0 WV MCLE credits, including 8.0 L.O.M. credits.

July 30-31, 2014

Juvenile Defense Training 

Location: WVU School of Law

Host: The Kanawha County Public Defender Office with the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center
Note: Space is limited so please make contact at your earliest convenience.  For more information contact Diana Panucci atdpanucci@wvdefender.com.

August 7-9, 2014

128th WV Bar Association Annual Meeting

Location:The Greenbrier

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association

September 5-6, 2014

WVCLE – Family Law Institute  

Location: WVU College of Law in Morgantown, WV

Host: WVCLE
Note:This seminar is accredited for 9.7 WV MCLE credits, including 3.0 Ethics credits, and 1.2 Law Office Management credits.

October 19, 2014

65th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Tax Institute   

Location: Canaan Valley Resort, Davis, West Virginia

Host: WV Tax Institute