BAR BLAST – July 7, 2015

July 7, 2015
2016 Annual Meeting at the Greenbrier – Details Coming Soon!
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Annual Membership Reporting & Fees

On June 12, 2015 all Active and Inactive members were mailed an orange postcard via USPS. This postcard contains instructions on how to complete reporting and fees for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

The deadline for Reporting and Fee payment is midnight, September 1, 2015. For more information on how to complete this process go to www.wvbar.org.

FREE CLE: 2015 Legislative Updates
The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to provide you with 1.0 hour of free CLE general credit.  Thanks to Delegates John Shott and Andrew Byrd for graciously providing the 2015 West Virginia Legislative Update.  Click Here to view the online seminar. After viewing the video,  click here and log into the State Bar’s membership portal to record your CLE credit.

Annual Professional Limited Liability (PLLC) Organization Renewals 

In order to insure that your PLLC is in compliance with the laws of The State of West Virginia, you need to file an annual renewal application with The State Bar. Any change in the corporate organization from the prior year must be reported. COPIES OF CURRENT CERTIFICATES OF INSURANCE ARE REQUIRED. Every PLLC must also register an email address.

If your organization renewed online previously click here to login.  PLLC Annual Renewals were due by July 1, 2015.  If you have questions concerning PLLC reporting requirements contact Anita R. Casey at 304-553-7228 or caseya@wvbar.org. If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 ormellacem@wvbar.org.

Cabell County E-Filing

The West Virginia Supreme Court Administrative Office staff will be in the Cabell County Circuit Clerk’s office this week starting WednesdayJuly 8th through Friday July 10th.   Formal trainings will be set up at a later date for the transition to E-Filing.   Until then, if you would like a head start please feel free to stop by the clerk’s office this week and we can show you around “WV E-File”.

Southern District of West Virginia Public Notice for Appointment of a New Magistrate Judge

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States magistrate judge for the Southern District of West Virginia at Bluefield.
Applications must be submitted only by applicants personally and must be received by July 22, 2015.

WV CASA Seeking Board of Directors Applications

WV CASA is seeking applications for new board of directors members for currently vacant positions.  Our purpose is to support the development, growth, and continuation of local CASA (court appointed special advocate)  programs throughout the state.  We are a multidisciplinary, volunteer state board of directors in a transition and growth period.  We meet telephonically about once a month and in person quarterly.  Limited travel within the state and additional time commitment outside of meetings are expected.  Most board members serve for 2 year terms with a 3 term limit.  Experience or knowledge of child abuse and neglect law is not required.  Attorneys currently serving as GALs in child abuse and neglect cases are ineligible, and others must monitor to avoid material conflicts of interest. Please contact board member Marci Carroll for additional information or application materials at (304) 367-9482 or mrc@mrcfamilylaw.com.

“Making Money Talk – Effective Negotiations in Mediation” – Advanced Mediation Training

The ADR Committee will be sponsoring a negotiations trainingwith  Andy Little, a nationally recognized mediator and negotiations trainer, and author of the book MAKING MONEY TALK.  This training will take place on July 14, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Bridgeport Conference Center and will qualify for 7.5 hours of CLE.

State Bar Annual Meeting 2016

The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce that the 2016 Annual Meeting will be held at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  Six hours of continuing legal education will be offered on Monday, April 4, for a total cost of $75.  Discounted room rates will be available for the dates surrounding the meeting. Agenda topics are being finalized.  Presenters will include members of our federal judiciary and two nationally renowned speakers.  A buffet dinner will be held on Sunday, April 3. All are invited to attend the dinner where 2015 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.  The cost for the dinner will be $130/person.  Keep watching the Bar Blast for updates on the Annual Meeting.

Public Comment

Proposed Revisions to Code of Judicial Conduct

The Court entered an order seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the West Virginia Code of Judicial Conduct. The order is available on the Recent Rules Orders page of the Court’s website using this link.

 

The public comment period ends September 8, 2015. All comments must be in writing and filed with the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office. I transmitted this message to all judicial officers earlier this morning. Please distribute this to any other interested persons.

Public Comment on Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect

The Court is requesting public comment on amendments to the Rules of Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings. The Rules have been updated and amended  to reflect code changes and codes repealed by the WV Legislature . The rules have also been amended to reflect changes in legislation following passage of the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening  Families Act, approved on September 29, 2014. The Court has approved a 60 day comment period to end on July 28, 2015.Please send any comments to the WV Supreme Court Clerks Office.

Click here for the Order

Public Comment of proposed Legislative Rule, 77CSR10 Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act (PWFA)

The West Virginia Human Rights Commission is providing notice of public comment on the Proposed Legislative Rule, 77CSR10 Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act (PWFA). Click Here to view the proposed rule.
Deadline for submissions: July 30, 2015 at 2:00p.m.

Lawyer Disciplinary Board Request For Public Comments

The Lawyer Disciplinary Board is soliciting public comments on the following Legal Ethics Opinions:

L.E.O. 2015-01: Use of Stand-In Counsel
Deadline for submissions: September 14, 2015. Please submit your written comments to the following address: Stand-In Counsel Committee, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304.

L.E.O. 2015-02: Social Media and Attorneys
Deadline for submissions: September 14, 2015. Please submit your written comments to the following address: Social Media
Committee, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304.

L.E.O. 2015: The Amended Rules of Professional Conduct and the Effect on L.E.I. 98-02
Deadline for submissions: September 14 2015. Please submit your written comments to the following address: L.E.O. Committee, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304.

Upcoming Events

July 14, 2015

Making Money Talk – Effective Negotiations in Mediation” – Advanced Mediation Training

Host: The West Virginia State Bar ADR Committee

Location: Bridgeport Conference Center

July 20-21 & 23-24, 2015

WV Court Improvement Program Cross-Training Conferences 

Host: West Virginia Court Improvement Program

Location: Charleston Marriott – July 20-21,

Bridgeport Conference Center – July 23-24.

For more information please go to www.wvcip.com

August 2-7, 2015

Summer CLE Seminar

Host: Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership

Location: Cambridge, England

August 13-15, 2015

West Virginia Bar Association Annual Meeting

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association

Location: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, PA

September 11-12, 2015

WVCLE Healthcare Law Conference (WVU v. Liberty University)

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WV

CLE: We will apply for MCLE credit in WV, PA, VA, KY, and OH.

More Information: CLICK HERE

September 25-26, 2015

WVCLE Solo and Small Firm Law Conference (WVU v. Maryland)

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WV

CLE: We will apply for MCLE credit in WV, PA, VA, KY, and OH.

More Information: CLICK HERE