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 April 17th recognizing 50 Year Members, State Bar Past Presidents, and Award winners.
October 13-29, 2015: The West Virginia State Bar will hold nine Regional Meetings this fall. These meetings will provide 3.0 Continuing Legal Education credits in the areas of ethics, office management, substance abuse, and/or elimination of bias. The seminars have only been approved for CLE credit in West Virginia. Lunch will be included at each meeting. Each Regional Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last until, approximately, 1:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per person. One of The State Bar’s Officers will attend each meeting.
Dates and Locations:
October 13 – Tamarack – Beckley
October 14 – Clarion Inn – Shepherdstown
October 15 – South Branch Inn – Moorefield
October 20 – University of Charleston – Charleston
October 21 – The Blennerhassett – Parkersburg
October 22 – Guyan Country Club – Huntington
October 27 – Oliverio’s – Bridgeport
October 28 – Waterfront Place Hotel – Morgantown
October 29 – Oglebay Resort – Wheeling
Registration Coming Soon.
WV Division of Justice Hearing Examiner
The West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services (DJCS) is seeking a licensed attorney in good standing with the West Virginia State Bar to serve as the Hearing Examiner (HE) for actions appealed from the course of business of the Law Enforcement Professional Standards (LEPS) Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction (GCCDC).
The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce special plans for the 17th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on April 23, 2015. The event at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston, begins at 6:00 PM.
Making Money Talk – Effective Negotiations inMediation
Advanced Mediation Training
The ADR Committee will be sponsoring a negotiations training with Andy Little, a nationally recognized mediator and negotiations trainer, and author of the book MAKING MONEY TALK. This training will take place on July 14, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Bridgeport Conference Center and will qualify for 7.5 hours of CLE. Join us and learn how to more effectively utilize negotiations in mediation, whether you are a mediator or an advocate for your client. All registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Andy’s book as part of the registration process. Cost for the training is $150.00. Registration information will follow in future Bar Blasts. For further information contact Monica Haddad at email@example.com.
As a result of recent changes to the rules governing admission to practice law in Virginia, the West Virginia Board of Law Examiners and the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners have agreed to resume reciprocity admission for qualified applicants, effective immediately. Additional information about Virginia’s admission requirements may be obtained athttp://barexam.virginia.gov/motion/motion.html
April 2, 2015
The Annual Bench & Bar Seminar – Reception
Host: The Kanawha County Bar Association & The West Virginia Bar Association
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.
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
The WV State Bar is pleased to announce this month’s MoreThanALawyer recipient, Duane Ruggier, a litigation attorney with Pullin Fowler Flanagan Brown & Poe, PLLC in Charleston, who has relentlessly advocated for a more accessible West Virginia to those challenged with a physical handicap. Duane was nominated by Vic Flanagan and Monica Nassif Haddad. Read below for Duane’s inspiring story.***************************************************************************Duane Ruggier was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his first year of law school in 1995. Duane, a high school athlete in basketball, soccer and tennis, went from walking and running normally to “walking the walls” and then using a cane, a walking rollator and now, a power chair. Despite his diagnosis, Duane continued to be a strong advocate for maintaining an active and productive lifestyle despite one’s disability. “I have never thought that things get better by just sitting on the couch worrying about your problems. I have always believed that it is better for you, your family and your State to get up and go to work no matter what your particular malady is.” Duane has devoted significant time and effort to the National MS Society and in making West Virginia more accessible to his fellow disabled individuals. “Though I knew that I had to first provide for my family, it was also important for me to help those with MS and to make our State more accessible to all individuals. If you are not in a wheelchair then you just can’t understand that a three-inch curb might as well be 10 feet high or that a bathroom without grab bars prevents you from using the bathroom or that having to park at the back of the parking lot is too far of a distance to actually make it to the courthouse.” Duane’s practice requires him to travel throughout the State, exposing him to many courthouses and businesses. “Wherever I go I try to make a positive change if I can.” With Duane’s advocacy he has been able to bring about changes to facilities such as courthouses, hotels, restaurants, schools and shopping centers including handicapped parking spaces at the Federal Courthouse in Charleston, the Harrison County Courthouse, Hurricane Middle School, Hurricane City Hall, CAMC General and at convenience stores, hotels and law firms around the state. He was also pivotal in creating handicapped bathrooms at the West Virginia Supreme Court, the West Virginia State Bar, CAMC Teays Valley, Logan County Courthouse, and in many law firms and restaurants. Duane is relentless in his quest for accessibility for the handicapped. Duane also serves on the West Virginia Access to Justice Committee where he has assisted with garnering over $500,000 in ADA improvements to West Virginia courthouses. Dan Kimble, Director of the WV Access to Justice Commission, praises Duane: “As a member of the Access to Justice Commission, Duane has been invaluable in helping the Commission members, WVU College of Law students, government officials and the public, gain awareness to the barriers that limit the full potential of those with handicapping conditions. The great thing about Duane is that he doesn’t just see the barriers; he goes through them!” As a member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Multiple Sclerosis Society, Duane is a frequent speaker and advocate regarding Multiple Sclerosis. With the assistance of his law firm, he has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the MS Society with their involvement in the MS 150 Bike Race, Dinner of Champions, MS Art Auction and the Women on the Move Luncheon. In 2015, the Inaugural Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament was first held at the Berry Hills Golf Club in Charleston, WV with all proceeds from the tournament going to benefit the MS Society. The annual tournament is supported by attorneys from all across the State of West Virginia from both the Plaintiff and Defense bars and hosts golfers from as far away as California and Texas and even Sweden. This year’s Sixth Annual Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament will be held at the Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country Club in Teays Valley, WV on October 11, 2021. Please contact Duane if you are interested in participating or sponsoring at firstname.lastname@example.org.Duane resides in Hurricane with his wife, Jennifer. He is grateful for the support of his wife and children, Duane III, Anthony, Isabella, Gabriel and Hannah. “When you have MS, the entire family has MS, and I am more than blessed to have an entire family behind me.” Thank you Duane, for your relentless advocacy improving the quality of life and ensuring the legal rights of those challenged by disability and for being so much More Than A Lawyer.*****************************************************************************What is our MoreThanALawyer campaign all about? It highlights all the ways West Virginia’s attorneys impact lives within and outside of their profession. 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