BAR BLAST – March 17, 2015

March 17, 2015
Quick Links

2015 State Bar Annual Meeting 
April 17th & 18th

The State Bar is pleased to announce the 2015 Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place at Glade Springs in Daniels, WV on April 17 & 18th. 6 hours CLE including 1 hour of ethics/law office management will be offered. A banquet will be held May 17th recognizing 50 Year Members, State Bar Past Presidents, and Award winners.

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.

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

More Information

Lawyer Disciplinary Board L.E.O

      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?

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 –
304-345-2000 or

Probate Law Committee/ Estate Planning Councils

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; Greater Huntington, David Lunsford; North Central West Virginia, Joshua; Tri-State (Martinsburg area), Keith Unger;  and Upper Ohio Valley, Kristie Barnett

Upcoming Events

March 26, 2015

WVCLE Shale Play Update

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: Charleston Civic Center

CLE: 5.4 WV MCLE credits, 4.5 OH MCLE credits, 4.5 PA MCLE credits, 4.5 KY MCLE credits, and 4.5 VA MCLE credits.

April 2, 2015

The Annual Bench & Bar Seminar – Reception

Host: The Kanawha County Bar Association & The West Virginia Bar Association

Location: The Charleston Marriott

More Information

April 8-10, 2015

US District Court CM/ECF Training

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: Magistrate Judge Courtroom, Clarksburg

CLE: 3 Hours Office Management

The Court is offering a two and one half hour (2 1/2) training course for attorneys and/or their support staff on use of the CM/ECF filing system on the following days: April 8 – 1:30 p.m.: April 9 – 9:30 a.m.; April 9 – 1:30 p.m.; April 10 – 9:30 a.m.

April 10, 2015

The Intersection of Water & Energy:  Implications of Water Protection on Energy Production

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: WVU College of Law

CLE: 7.2 WV MCLE credits. 6.0 OH MCLE credits. 6.0 KY MCLE credits. 6.0 VA MCLE credits.

More Information

April 17-18, 2015 – REGISTRATION OPEN!

State Bar Annual Meeting

Host: The West Virginia State Bar

Location: Glade Springs Resort – Beckley, WV

Registration & More Information

April 29, 2015 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Family Law CLE

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

More Information

May 2, 2015
Annual Real Estate Conference & Annual Business Law Conference

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association

Location: Glade Springs Resort, Daniels, WV

May 14, 2015

Financial and Estate Planning Seminar

Hosts: WV Bankers Association, WV Society of CPAs, The WV State Bar Probate Law Committee

Location: Edgewood County Club – Charleston, WV

Registration & More Information

May 14, 2015

WVCLE Dilapidated Buildings and Abandoned Properties

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: WVU Robert C. Byrd Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia

More Information

June 18, 2015
WVCLE Insurance Law
Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)
Location: WVU Medical Center – Charleston, WV

June 18-19, 2015 – SAVE THE DATE!

Public Defender Services 2015 Annual Conference 

Host: West Virginia Public Defender Services

Location: Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV

For questions, please email

July 20-21 & 23-24, 2015 – SAVE THE DATE!

WV Court Improvement Program Cross-Training Conferences 

Host: West Virginia Court Improvement Program

Location: Charleston Marriott – July 20-21,

Bridgeport Conference Center – July 23-24.

For more information please go to

August 2-7, 2015

Summer CLE Seminar

Host: Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership

Location: Cambridge, England

More Information 

August 13-15, 2015

West Virginia Bar Association Annual Meeting

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association

Location: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, PA

More Information 

September 4-5, 2015

WVCLE Family Law Conference (WVU v. Georgia Southern University)

Host:West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WVCLE: We will apply for MCLE credit in WV, PA, VA, KY, and OH.