BAR BLAST – March 3, 2015


March 3, 2015
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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

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 5 – Gary Simson (coinciding with the PIA auction),

March 16 – Greg Bowman,  March 19 – Robert Ackerman,  March 31 – Beverly Moran.

For more information on each finalist, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Renee Sulipeck

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

Appointment of a Full-Time United States

 Magistrate Judge

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

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.

27th Annual Public Interest Advocates Auction 
The 27th Annual PIA Auction will be held on Thursday, March 5th, at the WVU College of Law. 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:

2015 State Bar Membership Directory

The 2015 edition of the membership directory should be available soon. If you wish to order a paper version click here for the order form.

Upcoming Events

March 26, 2015

WVCLE Shale Play Update

Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)

Location: Charleston Civic Center

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 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

More Information

April 17-18, 2015 – REGISTRATION OPEN!

State Bar Annual Meeting

Host: The West Virginia State Bar

Location: Glade Springs Resort – Beckley, WV

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 – SAVE THE DATE!

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 Coming Soon.

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 18-19, 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 2-7, 2015

West Virginia Bar Association Annual Meeting

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association

Location: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, PA

More Information