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 email@example.com. If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 firstname.lastname@example.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 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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you to all speaker at the Advanced Mediation Training in Bridgeport on July 29, 2021. Kwame Christian, M. A. Esq., American Negotiation Institute, LLC, gave a great presentation on "Moving Through Mediation." He is pictured during his presentation and with past President Monica Nassif Haddad. Also in attendance and pictured below are past Bar Presidents Robert M. Steptoe, Jr., Debra H. Scudiere, Elliot G. Hicks, Monica Nassif Haddad, and Judge Michael J. Aloi. ... See MoreSee Less
The WV State Bar is pleased to announce this month’s MoreThanALawyer recipient, Duane Ruggier, a litigation attorney with Pullin Fowler Flanagan Brown & Poe, PLLC in Charleston, who has relentlessly advocated for a more accessible West Virginia to those challenged with a physical handicap. Duane was nominated by Vic Flanagan and Monica Nassif Haddad. Read below for Duane’s inspiring story.***************************************************************************Duane Ruggier was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his first year of law school in 1995. Duane, a high school athlete in basketball, soccer and tennis, went from walking and running normally to “walking the walls” and then using a cane, a walking rollator and now, a power chair. Despite his diagnosis, Duane continued to be a strong advocate for maintaining an active and productive lifestyle despite one’s disability. “I have never thought that things get better by just sitting on the couch worrying about your problems. I have always believed that it is better for you, your family and your State to get up and go to work no matter what your particular malady is.” Duane has devoted significant time and effort to the National MS Society and in making West Virginia more accessible to his fellow disabled individuals. “Though I knew that I had to first provide for my family, it was also important for me to help those with MS and to make our State more accessible to all individuals. If you are not in a wheelchair then you just can’t understand that a three-inch curb might as well be 10 feet high or that a bathroom without grab bars prevents you from using the bathroom or that having to park at the back of the parking lot is too far of a distance to actually make it to the courthouse.” Duane’s practice requires him to travel throughout the State, exposing him to many courthouses and businesses. “Wherever I go I try to make a positive change if I can.” With Duane’s advocacy he has been able to bring about changes to facilities such as courthouses, hotels, restaurants, schools and shopping centers including handicapped parking spaces at the Federal Courthouse in Charleston, the Harrison County Courthouse, Hurricane Middle School, Hurricane City Hall, CAMC General and at convenience stores, hotels and law firms around the state. He was also pivotal in creating handicapped bathrooms at the West Virginia Supreme Court, the West Virginia State Bar, CAMC Teays Valley, Logan County Courthouse, and in many law firms and restaurants. Duane is relentless in his quest for accessibility for the handicapped. Duane also serves on the West Virginia Access to Justice Committee where he has assisted with garnering over $500,000 in ADA improvements to West Virginia courthouses. Dan Kimble, Director of the WV Access to Justice Commission, praises Duane: “As a member of the Access to Justice Commission, Duane has been invaluable in helping the Commission members, WVU College of Law students, government officials and the public, gain awareness to the barriers that limit the full potential of those with handicapping conditions. The great thing about Duane is that he doesn’t just see the barriers; he goes through them!” As a member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Multiple Sclerosis Society, Duane is a frequent speaker and advocate regarding Multiple Sclerosis. With the assistance of his law firm, he has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the MS Society with their involvement in the MS 150 Bike Race, Dinner of Champions, MS Art Auction and the Women on the Move Luncheon. In 2015, the Inaugural Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament was first held at the Berry Hills Golf Club in Charleston, WV with all proceeds from the tournament going to benefit the MS Society. The annual tournament is supported by attorneys from all across the State of West Virginia from both the Plaintiff and Defense bars and hosts golfers from as far away as California and Texas and even Sweden. This year’s Sixth Annual Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament will be held at the Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country Club in Teays Valley, WV on October 11, 2021. Please contact Duane if you are interested in participating or sponsoring at firstname.lastname@example.org.Duane resides in Hurricane with his wife, Jennifer. He is grateful for the support of his wife and children, Duane III, Anthony, Isabella, Gabriel and Hannah. “When you have MS, the entire family has MS, and I am more than blessed to have an entire family behind me.” Thank you Duane, for your relentless advocacy improving the quality of life and ensuring the legal rights of those challenged by disability and for being so much More Than A Lawyer.*****************************************************************************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