BAR BLAST – July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014
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FINAL NOTICE 

MCLE 2012-14 Reporting Period

The July 1, 2012 – June 30,2014 Reporting Period ended onJune 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 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

FINAL NOTICE

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.  

8th Family Court Judicial Circuit Vacancy

The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 8th Family Court Judicial Circuit serving Mingo County. Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on

August 19, 2014. Applications and instructions are available atwww.governor.wv.gov. To contact the Commission regarding the application process, please call Janet Shelton at 304-558-2000. Interviews will be scheduled for and held on September 12, 2014.

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.

Revised Domestic Relations Civil  

Case Information Statement  

The WV Supreme Court of Appeals has issued a revised form”Petitioner’s Civil Case Information Statement-Domestic Relations Cases”. Click here for the revised version.

WV LGBT Legal Advocacy Network

Join the WV LGBT Legal Advocacy Network! Any attorney whose practice or interests include same sex estate planning, domestic partnership agreements, 2nd parent adoption, petitions for gender marker change, or any other LGBT legal issues is welcome. Our goals include helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender West Virginians identify attorneys who can serve their legal needs, helping attorneys find mentors and expertise to help in their LGBT cases, raising awareness about the unique legal issues LGBT citizens face, and developing continuing education opportunities to enhance our bar’s ability to competently serve and support LGBT West Virginians.  Please contact Sara Bird at  sara@msjlaw.org to get connected or to find out more information.

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 

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 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 4.2 Ethics/Law Office Management credits.

September 19-20, 2014

Shale Gas Law 2014 

Location: WVU College of Law in Morgantown, WV

Host: WVCLE

October 3-4, 2014

Update on the Law   

Location: WVU College of Law

Host: WVCLE

October 7-30, 2014

WV State Bar Regional Meetings

The West Virginia State Bar will hold nine Regional Meetings  this fall. These meetings will provide 3.0 Continuing Legal Education credits in the areas of ethics, office management, substance abuse, and/or elimination of bias. Lunch will be included at each meeting. Each Regional Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last until, approximately, 1:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per person. One of The State Bar’s Officers will attend each meeting.

Below is a list of tentative dates and locations.

Oct. 7 – Bridgeport
Oct. 23 – Moorfield
Oct. 8 – Morgantown Oct. 28 – Huntington
Oct. 16 – Wheeling Oct. 29 -Parkersburg
Oct. 21 – Beckley Oct. 30 – Charleston
Oct. 22 – Martinsburg

 

Check back soon for registration and more details.

October 19, 2014

65th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Tax Institute   

Location: Canaan Valley Resort, Davis, West Virginia

Host: WV Tax Institute