The 27th Annual PIA Auction has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10th, at the WVU College of Law due to the university being closed on March 5th. The “Heroes of Public Interest”-themed event will begin with a buffet-style dinner at 5:00 p.m. in the College of Law lobby, followed by the auction at 6:15 p.m. The event is open to the public; the auction is free, and tickets for the dinner can be purchased for $10 at the door. Check out the PIA Auction on Facebook to see photos and details of the great items we’ve got up for bid this year: https://www.facebook.com/pia.auction
2015 State Bar Membership Directory
The 2015 edition of the membership directory is now available. For instructions on how to download the digital version Click Here. If you wish to order a paper version click here for the order form.
Appointment of a Full-Time United States
The US District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia is accepting applications for a full-time US Magistrate Judge to serve the Clarksburg and Elkins points of holding court. The term of office is eight years subject to reappointment. The full position description, and application forms may be obtained from the Clerk’s offices in Clarksburg, Elkins, Martinsburg, or Wheeling and on http://www.wvnd.uscourts.gov/
Applications must be submitted personally or by certified mail and received by March 13, 2015. Applicants must submit an original and ten copies of the application in an envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL” to Cheryl Dean Riley, Clerk of Court, U.S. District Court, 1125 Chapline Street, P.O. Box 471, Wheeling WV 26003.
The Veterans and Military Affairs Committee invites you to SPIRIT OF THE MOUNTAINS
Honoring Major General James A. Hoyer, The Adjutant General of West Virginia – SPIRIT OF THE MOUNTAINS will be held at the Governor’s Mansion on April 23, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. General Hoyer is the 2015 recipient of the Lewis N. McManus YLA Service Award, presented annually to a person who demonstrates a life-long commitment to helping others, especially our state’s youth. Spirit of the Mountains raises financial support for the Youth Leadership Association’s West Virginia youth programs including local youth leadership groups, Youth in Government Student Legislature and Supreme Court, 8th Grade Youth & Government Seminars, YLA Model United Nations, Camp Horseshoe’s teen Entrepreneurship and Leadership Summits and the Governor’s Youth Opportunity Camps for low income 7 – 12 year old boys and girls. Individual tickets are $50.00 each. Group purchases for event sponsors are also available. For tickets or more information, please contact Alicia Ridenour at YLA (304) 675-5899 or Alicia@yla-youthleadership.org.
Pursuant to Rule 2.16 of the Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure, the Lawyer Disciplinary Board has the authority to issue Legal Ethics Opinions. Based upon a review
of current Opinions affected by the changes made to the Rules of Professional Conduct, which were effective January 1, 2015, the Lawyer Disciplinary Board hereby vacates the following previously issued Legal Ethics Opinions:
LEO 2010-01 Ghostwriting & LEO 2009-01 What is Metadata and Why Should Lawyers be Cautious?
Members of the West Virginia State Bar are Invited to Meet Law Dean Finalists
WVU recently announced finalists for the next Dean of the College of Law. Over the next month, the five finalists will be interviewing at the university and meeting with members of the College of Law community.
As part of the interview process, the College of Law is hosting an open reception for members of the bar, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to meet the final candidates. Please attend these receptions if you can. They will take place from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the College of Law lobby on the following dates:
March 11 – Gary Simson (4:30-5:30 p.m), March 16 – Greg Bowman, March 19 – Robert Ackerman, March 31 – Beverly Moran.
In conjunction with the Probate Law Committee, the five West Virginia estate planning councils affiliated with the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils invite all attorneys working with estate planning clients to join the council in their area for meetings which provide substantive updates in various disciplines and networking to make your work easier. These are the contact persons for membership information in each council: Charleston, Katie Monroe firstname.lastname@example.org; Greater Huntington, David Lunsford David.Lunsford@steptoe-johnson.com; North Central West Virginia, Joshua Rogersjoshua.email@example.com; Tri-State (Martinsburg area), Keith Unger Keith.Unger@bankatcity.com; and Upper Ohio Valley, Kristie Barnett firstname.lastname@example.org.
50% Discount on ABA Membership As Treasurer of the America Bar Association, Nick Casey is authorized to give a 50% discount on all new ABA memberships between now and the end of the ABA’s current fiscal year,August 31, 2015. Firm group billing discounts are also available. If you are interested in an ABA discounted membership, please contact Nick Casey at –
Host: Presented by Kanawha County Family Law Bench Bar Committee
Location: Edgewood Country Club
CLE: 6 credit hours including law management and ethics Cost: $70 (including lunch) Registration: Call 304-344-2121 or send check made payable to Kanawha County Family Law Bench Bar Committee to: Susan Shepard, Esq., P.O. Box 418, St. Albans, WV 25177
April 30, 2015
WVCLE Healthcare Law
Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)
Location: WVU Robert C. Byrd Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia
This time of year we are especially thankful for our attorneys who have always given back to their communities. This month’s MoreThanALawyer Natalie Sal exemplifies the best in West Virginia attorneys with her generous giving of her time in both her legal practice and her private life. Read more about our Thanksgiving MoreThanALawyer below. ********************************************************************* Community service and engagement have always been a priority in Natalie Sal’s life. She and her Morgantown firm Sal Sellaro Culpepper Legal Group routinely provide pro bono legal services for clients of the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC), WV Legal Aid, and WV Bar’s Legal Connect, and they have received multiple awards in recognition of their many years of pro bono service. Passionate about helping children and families, Natalie has served as a member of the West Virginia Court Improvement Oversight Board (charged with working state-wide to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system) and frequently presents at continuing legal education conferences statewide on issues relating to child welfare.
Natalie’s philosophy – that the generous sharing of our time and talents is essential for our community to thrive – has been every bit as much a driving force in her private life. She is on the Board of Directors of Christian Help, a local nonprofit providing necessities and services to area residents, and is a consultant for The Pantry Plus More, another local nonprofit whose mission is to help provide food, clothing, and other necessities to school-aged children. Natalie spent over 18 years as a frequent volunteer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, providing both extensive on-air volunteer assistance and off-air support for television and radio fund drives. She encourages others to become involved with the various community organizations and efforts addressing the challenges facing families in West Virginia, believing that, "Our collective wisdom is so much greater than that of any one of us alone."
As a mother of two amazing children (and volunteers-in-training), Natalie is an extremely active volunteer and fundraiser for Morgantown Learning Academy, her children’s nonprofit school, and serves on the affiliated Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Advisory Board that oversees the unique Mountain SOL outdoor education program. With a deep love of science and an engineering background, Natalie and her husband also promote science engagement and education for children in the community. From her daily social media “Cool Science Fact” to coaching FIRST Lego Robotics to providing occasional hands-on science exhibitions at area schools and daycare programs, Natalie encourages adults and children alike to get involved and to “Play science!”
Thank you, Natalie, for your dedication to pro bono service and to these volunteer organizations and the families they serve. You make us proud! ****************************************************** 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