Bar Blast – March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016
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Members in districts 1-5 must submit votes for Board of Governor and Young Lawyer Section Executive Committee Nominees using the State Bar’s E-Voting system by March 20 at midnight. Members were emailed a specific link to vote for the nominees in his or her district. If you did not receive this link go to, login and click “Vote Now”.
Questions on the operation of the voting system should be directed to Mike Mellace at Other questions should be directed to the Elections Committee via Anita R. Casey at

Investiture Ceremony of U.S. Magistrate 
Judge Michael John Aloi
All State Bar members are invited to the formal investiture ceremony of the Honorable Michael John Aloi as United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia on Monday, March 21, 2016,at 1:00 p.m. at the United States Courthouse and Post Office, 500 West Pike Street, Clarksburg, WV.  Seating for bar members will be available in the Magistrate Judge Courtroom on the 3rd floor.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by March 15, 2016, to Kim A. Criswell at (304)

The 2016 Annual Conference and Meeting of the West Virginia State Bar
The West Virginia State Bar’s Annual Conference and Meeting is

 the ideal venue to reconnect with lawyers and friends – and to build new relationships – all while enjoying the amenities of West Virginia’s premier resort, the Greenbrier. Take advantage of excellent Greenbrier accommodation rates offered only to our members* and obtain CLE credits at presentations by our Judiciary and nationally recognized presenters. Upon arrival, all are encouraged to attend the State Bar Annual Dinner on Sunday, April 3rd, where 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. On Monday, April 4th, attend the CLE program consisting of 6 hours of presentations (including 3 credits in elimination of bias and office management) that promise to be informative and helpful to your practice. Attendance at the Dinner on Sunday, April 3, and the CLE program on Monday, April 4, is only $195.00. For those who can only attend the seminar on April 4, the cost is $75.00. For those who can only attend the dinner on April 3, the cost is $130.00.
Schedule your Tee Time now by contacting
Sarah Helly 304-536-1110 x7116
The CLE seminar has been approved in WV for 6 credits including 4 credits (increased from 3) in law office management and elimination of bias. Update: The Police and Militarization session has been changed to “Big Data and You:  Practicing Law in the Age of Unlimited Information” and will be presented by Thomas J. Hurney, Jr.

Lawyer Assistance Program Seeking Executive Director
The West Virginia State Bar is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director of the West Virginia Lawyer Assistance Program (“WVLAP”). The ideal applicant will be a professional with recovery experience. Lawyers, as well as experienced, credentialed or licensed professionals with advanced degrees in relevant fields such as addiction, counseling, social work, psychology or employee assistance will be considered. Applicants must understand the problems of professionals experiencing impairments such as substance abuse, addiction, gambling, mental/emotional issues, aging and other potentially debilitating conditions. Superior communication and organizational skills are required, as is knowledge of evaluation and treatment methods. Word processing skills, as well as experience in fund raising and grant writing, are preferred.

PEIA health insurance, state retirement plan and other benefits are included or available. The Executive Director will report to and be supervised by the WVLAP Board of Directors. As an employee of the West Virginia State Bar, the WVLAP Executive Director will be precluded from engaging in the private practice of law.

Applications in the form of a letter of interest and resume, with references, must be received, on or before April 30, 2016, by Anita Casey, or 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, West Virginia 25311-1231.

Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner – April 28, 2016
Charleston Marriott Hotel
The Annual Reception and Dinner to honor the 2016 class will be held on Thursday, April 28, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston. The well attended event (black tie optional) begins at 6:00 PM and the cost is $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of ten persons.
Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations
(304)-343-9823, or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.
Upcoming Events

March 24, 2016
New Developments in the Shale Gas Play Seminar 
Location: West Virginia University Medical Center – Charleston Division in Charleston, WV
If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or call (304) 293-7255.

March 31, 2016
Annual Bench & Bar Seminar Reception WV Supreme Court of Appeals Candidates’ Forum
Host: WV Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, The WV State Bar and The Kanawha and Putnam County Bar Associations
Location: The Charleston Marriott
For more information or to register, call 800-944-9822 or e-mail

April 3-4, 2016
Annual Conference and Meeting of the West Virginia State Bar
Host: The West Virginia State Bar
Location: The Greenbrier

April 21, 2016
WVCLE Employment Law Seminar 
Location: West Virginia University Medical Center – Charleston Division in Charleston, WV
If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or call (304) 293-7255.

April 21, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
YLA Spirit of the Mountains Reception: Lewis N. McManus YLA Service Award, Honoring Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin
Host: Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association
Location: The Governor’s Mansion, Charleston, WV
Please RSVP by April 5th. Contact Alicia at 304-675-5899 for sponsorship and attendance information.

April 22, 2016: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The West Virginia State Bar Animal Law Committee Animal Law Seminar
Host: The West Virginia State Bar Animal Law Committee
Location: Capitol Conference Center, Capitol Street, Charleston, WV
6.6 credit hours approved
Topics include: Animal Law: A View from the Bench, Pet Trusts, Assistance Animals, Pet Custody, Prosecuting Animal Crimes

May 3, 2016 – 10am-5pm
Kanawha County Family Law CLE Seminar 
Host: Kanawha County Family Law Bench-Bar Committee
Location: Edgewood Country Club – Charleston, WV
Seminar Cost: $90 (lunch included)

To register send payment to Susan Shepard – Post Office Box 418 St.Albans, WV 25177.

For more information contact Lyne Ranson at

May 14, 2016 – Save the Date!
Mountain State Bar Association Annual Meeting
Host: Mountain State Bar Association
Location: Bluefield, WV at Fincastle Country Club
Questions? Contact Cheryl Henderson at

May 21, 2016
2016 Real Estate Law & Business Law Conferences
Host: The WV Bar Association
Location: Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV

June 21-22, 2016 
Basic Mediation Training
Host: WV State Bar ADR Committee
Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV *The State Bar has obtained a discounted room rate for the nights of June 20 and June 21.
Questions? Contact

July 20, 2016 
Advanced Mediation Training – Advocacy in Mediation
Host: WV State Bar ADR Committee
Location: Bridgeport Conference Center – Bridgeport, WV *The West Virginia State Bar has obtained a discounted room rate for July 19th.
More information and registration coming soon!
Questions? Contact

October 2016 – Save the Date!
State Bar Regional Meetings
Host: WV State Bar
October 4 – Beckley
October 19 – Morgantown
October 5 – Martinsburg October 20 – Wheeling
October 6 – Moorefield October 25 – Charleston
October 7 – Chapmanville
(Location Change)
October 26 – Huntington
October 18 – Clarksburg October 27 – Parkersburg
More information coming soon.