BAR BLAST – June 10, 2014

June 10, 2014
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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 

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 are due by July 1, 2014.  

Increase in Civil Filing Fees

Filing fees will increase for all Civil Cases 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.

Request for Comment on Proposed Revisions to the Rules of Profession Conduct and Ancillary Matters

The comment period on major revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct and matters related to admission of out-of-state lawyers pro hac vice and the administration of client trust accounts, including the Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program closes on Friday, June 13, 2014.

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Second Joint Committee on Aging Lawyers Report

The NOBC-APRL Committee’s Second Joint Final report is now available.
Click here for the report 

Juvenile Justice Training

The Kanawha County Public Defender Office with the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center is hosting a free Juvenile training CLE at WVU School of Law July 30th-31st. Space is limited so please make contact at your earliest convenience.  For more information contact Diana Panucci at  dpanucci@wvdefender.com 

Clarification Regarding Financial Responsibility Disclosure Reporting

Article III(A) of the By-Laws of the West Virginia State Bar requires that each active lawyer admitted to practice law in West Virginia annually disclose information regarding financial responsibility for professional liability claims. Section 2 (5) provides that a lawyer is exempt from disclosure if “the lawyer is engaged in the practice of law as a full time government attorney or in-house counsel and does not represent clients outside that capacity.” If a lawyer provides services to any individual or business outside his or her government or in-house capacity, even if those services are provided at no cost, the lawyer is no longer exempt from disclosure to the West Virginia State Bar and the lawyer must provide the financial responsibility information required under Article III(A). Should you have questions regarding your Financial Responsibility Disclosure Requirement contact Anita R. Casey atcaseya@wvbar.org or Rachael Fletcher Cipoletti atrfcipoletti@wvodc.org.

Upcoming Events

June 10, 11 & 12, 2014

US District Court Northern District CM/ECF Training  

Location: Martinsburg, WV (1st Floor Magistrate Judge Courtroom)

Host: US District Court Northern District
About: The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia requires all attorneys to electronically file all pleadings using the Court’s Case Management Electronic Filing System (referred to as CM/ECF). The Court is offering a two and one half (2 ½) hour training course for attorneys and/or their support staff on the use of the CM/ECF filing system on the following dates at the Martinsburg point of holding court:

Tuesday, June 10 – 9:00a.m. and 1:30p.m.
Wednesday, June 11 – 9:00a.m.
Thursday, June 12  – 9:00a.m.

Friday, May 30th is the last day to make a reservation. Please direct questions to Connie Diamond at (304) 267-5682. Interested parties please contact: Connie Diamond via email –
connie_diamond@wvnd.uscourts.gov.

June 12-13, 2014

2014 Annual Conference: “We are in this together”  

Location: Oglebay Resort & Conference Center

Host: WV Public Defender Services

June 17-18, 2014

Basic Mediation Training 

*There will be no Basic Mediation training in 2015.

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

Host: WV State Bar ADR Committee

June 19, 2014

WVCLE – CLE for the General Practitioner   

Location: WVU Medical Center in Charleston, WV

Host: WVCLE
About: This seminar is accredited for 3.4 WV MCLE credits.

June 19, 2014

WVCLE – The New WV Rules of Evidence & WV Supreme Court of Appeals Practice 

Location: WVU Medical Center in Charleston, WV

Host: WVCLE
About: This seminar is accredited for 4.6 WV MCLE credits

June 26, 2014

WVCLE Insurance Law 

Location: WVU Medical Center in Charleston, WV

Host: WVCLE
About: This seminar is accredited for 7.5 WV MCLE credits, including 1.5 Ethics/L.O.M.

July 7 & 10, 2014

CIP Child Abuse and Neglect Training  

July 7-8, 2014, at the Bridgeport Conference Center

July 10-11, 2014, at the Charleston Marriott

Host: The WV Court Improvement Program (CIP)

For more information go to www.wvcip.com

Click here for the brochure

July 8 & 11, 2014

CIP Juvenile Law Training 

July 8, 2014, at the Bridgeport Conference Center

July 11, 2014, at the Charleston Marriott

Host: The WV Court Improvement Program (CIP)

Registration will open this spring, when information will be posted on  www.wvcip.com.

July 17, 2014

Advanced Mediation Training 

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

Host: WV State Bar ADR Committee
Click here for online registration
Click here for the agenda
Note: There is no requirement to have completed Basic Mediation Training before attending the Advanced Program.
Questions? Contact Monica Haddad

July 17, 2014

Juvenile Justice 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