BAR BLAST – June 3, 2014

June 3, 2014
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The June 6th seminar is CLOSED due to the room capacity having been reached. Registration will not be accepted at the door. If you were not registered by May 30th, we will not be able to accommodate your attendance. The Committee and The State Bar apologize for the inconvenience.

Approval of Revisions to the West Virginia Rules of Evidence

At a Regular Term of the Supreme Court of Appeals, continued and held at Charleston, Kanawha County, on June 2, 2014, the following order was made and entered.

Click here for the order 

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.  

Firm Administrator Training

The State Bar is offering a 30 minute training session on June 9th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. for members and firm administrators to learn about recent changes in our reporting and fees process. If you have more than 5 members within your organization and wish to participate please register by clicking here.

The session will be recorded if you are unable to attend and wish to review at a later time.

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

By order entered April 14, 2014, the Court approved a 60-day period of public comment on major revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct. Two additional subject matters are affected: 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. The public comment period closes on Friday, June 13, 2014.

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Second Joint Committee on Aging Lawyers Report

The Lawyer Disciplinary Board and its Office of Disciplinary Counsel have devoted a lot of time to trying to address issues of and related to aging issues with the bar, including but not limited to, impairment from practice and the costs of closing the practice down post death or incapacitation. In September 2013, the National Organization of Bar Counsel and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), together with the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP), formed a Second Joint Committee on Aging Lawyers to further study the manner in which the legal profession is preparing for its aging lawyer population and to follow-up on previous recommendations from the First NOBC-APRL Joint Committee’s Report from 2007.  The Second Joint Committee’s Final Report is now available Click here for the report

WV Ethics Commission to Conduct Training on Governmental Ethics Act  

The West Virginia Ethics Commission will offer a one-hour ethics training session on the West Virginia Governmental Ethics Act on Thursday, May 29, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Cabell County Courthouse, located at 750 5th Avenue in Huntington.

The session is free and open to state and local public employees, government lawyers, media and the general public. The West Virginia State Bar has approved the course for 1.2 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit, which includes 1.2 hours of Ethics credit.

Upcoming Events

June 5, 2014

WVCLE Recent Developments in the Law    

Location: Clarion Hotel, Shepherdstown, WV


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 –

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

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

June 26, 2014

WVCLE Insurance Law 

Location: WVU Medical Center in Charleston, WV

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

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

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

August 7-9, 2014

128th WV Bar Association Annual Meeting

Location:The Greenbrier

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association