BAR BLAST – March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014
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2014 State Bar Annual Meeting
The State Bar is pleased to announce the 2014 Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place in Charleston on May 9 & 10th.
6 hours CLE including 5 hours of ethics/law office management will be offered. A banquet will be held May 9th recognizing 50 Year Members, State Bar Past Presidents, and Award winners.

Click here for more information & registration details.

Citizen Soldier Nominations Open

The 2014 Citizen Soldier Award will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of The West Virginia State Bar in Charleston.  To obtain information regarding the awards process click here.

Nominations are due April 15, 2014.

Young Lawyer of the Year Nominations Open

The 2014 Young Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of The West Virginia State Bar in Charleston.  To obtain information regarding the awards process  click here.

Nominations are due April 15, 2014.

Young Lawyer Mentor of the Year Nominations Open

The 2014 Young Lawyer Mentor of the Year Award will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of The West Virginia State Bar in Charleston.  To obtain information regarding the awards process click here.

Nominations are due April 15, 2014.

Alternative Sentences and Restorative Justice
On April 5, 2014 from 9:30-11:00am, Colson Hall, 1503 University Avenue & the Mtnlair, Morgantown, WV. A series of roundtables, sponsored by the Educational Justice & Appalachian Prisons Symposium will be held.

Additional information will be available soon.
Questions: contact Kathleen Ryan at kohearnr@wvu.edu
or by phone at 304-293-9729.

“What Makes Lawyers Happy?”

Who really knows, although in a recent article the authors went beyond the anecdotes to gather more substantial data in an attempt to answer this question and, in the process, provide some insight for all of us.  Read the article here.  This article was circulated at the request of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Lawyers Assistance Program.

Tuesday Legal Connect
The State Bar’s Tuesday evening, 6-8:00 P.M. call in service, formerly known as the Lawyer Information Service, has a new name.  The service, intended to provide quick information to members of the public on basic legal issues, is staffed by volunteer members of the State Bar.  The service has been renamed Tuesday Legal Connect (aka:  TLC) in recognition of the significantly increased number of attorney participants, the quality of the training provided to those participants, the use of Legal Aid of West Virginia’s multiple locations and state of the art phone system, and the coordination of participants throughout the State by the staff of Legal Aid of West Virginia.  To volunteer as a participant with TLC, contact Adrienne Moore.  Questions:  contact TLC/LRS Chairperson, Mark Adkinsor State Bar Executive Director, Anita Casey.

Pro Hac Vice Online Submission

The West Virginia State Bars Unlawful Practice of Law Committee is pleased to announce the new online system for Pro Hac Vice submissions. All Pro Hac Vice Admission requests should be directed to www.mywvbar.org/phvad .

The new system will allow payment of filing fees on line and will expedite the submission process significantly. Paper submissions will still be accepted, however, online submissions are encouraged.

For general questions: Cheryl Petty –  cheryl@wvbar.org 

For technical questions: Mike Mellace – mellacem@wvbar.org

For substantive questions: Executive Director, Anita Casey –caseya@wvbar.org

Contract Attorneys for New View Project
The Court Improvement Program of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia will begin the New View Project, adapted from Georgia’s Cold Case Project, in early 2014.  The deadline for receiving applications is March 21, 2014.

Criminal Justice Act Panel Applications
The United States District Court for Southern District of West Virginia is currently accepting applications for appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Panel.

More Information

2014 State Bar Membership Directory

The 2014 edition of the membership directory is now available. Log into the Membership Portal atwww.mywvbar.org/directory and download the .pdf file. Click here for instructions and tips on how to navigate the digital version of the directory. If you wish to order a paper versionclick here for the order form.

WV Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner
/25th Anniversary Celebration
The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce special plans for the 16th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on April 24, 2014 to include a celebration of the Bar Foundation’s 25th Anniversary.

The event at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston, beginning at 6:00 PM, will include a performance of legal music performed by the Bob Noone Show and the distribution of the 25th Anniversary commemorative booklet.

Upcoming Events

March 20, 2014

Annual Bench & Bar Seminar/ Reception 

Location: The Charleston Marriott – Charleston, WV

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association

March 21, 2014

WVCLE Water Law 2014 

Location: WVU Medical Center Charleston Division

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education WVCLE

March 27, 2014

WVCLE Hot Issues in the Shale Play 

Location: Charleston Civic Center – Charleston, WV

Host: WVCLE

April 4, 2014

Family Law 101 

Location: Raleigh County Judicial Center

Host: K. Bruce Lazenby, Louise G. Staton and H. Suzanne McGraw, 13th Family Court Circuit Judges

April 5, 2014

Alternative Sentences and Restorative Justice

Location: Colson Hall 130, WVU downtown campus

Host: Educational Justice & Appalachian Prisons Symposium

April 25, 2014 

Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence (AIDE)

2014 Annual Conference

Location: Raleigh County Judicial Center

Additional information may be found at:http://www.appyide.org

May 3, 2014

Business Law Division Annual Conference
Real Estate Law Division Annual Conference

Location: Oglebay Resort |Wheeling, WV

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association

May 9-10, 2014

WV State Bar Annual Meeting 

Location: Charleston, WV

Host: WV State Bar
This event has been approved for 6 hours of MCLE including 3 hours of ethics/law office technology. Details coming soon.

May 15, 2014

Finance and Estate Planning Seminar 

Location:Edgewood Country Club – Charleston, WV

Host: WV State Bar Probate Law Committee & WV Bankers Association

May 16, 2014

Mountain State Bar Annual MCLE  

Location: Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV

The Mountain State Bar Association has a great line up of speakers offering a total of six (6) MCLE hours including two (2) ethic hours. Contact Attorney Dwight Staples for information 304-523-5732. Click here for the event brochure

June 17-18, 2014

Basic Mediation Training 

*There will be no Basic Mediation training in 2015.

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

July 7 & 10, 2014

CIP Child Abuse and Neglect Training  

July 7, 2014, at the Bridgeport Conference Center

July 10, 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 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

August 7-9, 2014

128th Annual Meeting

Location:The Greenbrier

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association