Bar Blast – May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016
The WV State Bar Office will be closed on 5/10/16 for Election Day. The Bar encourages everyone to vote!
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Updated Contact Information

All State Bar Members are asked to login to the “Membership Portal” to verify their contact information. Please go to and login to confirm your information before May 20, 2016.

MCLE Reporting Period
 The current reporting period began July 1, 2014, and will end
June 30, 2016. There is a 30-day grace period so credits completed in the month of July may be carried back to meet the 2014-2016 requirement.  As long as all required credits are completed and filed by July 31, 2016, there is no penalty. Credits filed after July 31, 2016, will require a $50 late filing fee. Credits filed after September 30, 2016, will require a $100 late filing fee.
            Please login to and download your transcript. Reporting period dates and requirements are listed on the top of transcripts.  Please be advised that we have attempted to delete all duplicate entries. If you have a duplicate entry or if any of your credits need to be edited, please contact Hope Gresham at If you do not have a password for, please click here to request a new password.

CLE Sponsor Responsibilities
The CLE Commission has directed sponsors to electronically report live attendance and webinar credits earned by WV State Bar members.  If the Commission receives credits from a sponsor, you will receive an e-mail asking you to confirm completion details of the course credits. Please keep in mind it is the responsibility of each attorney to ensure that all credits are properly reported.  Therefore, if a sponsor does not report your credits, you will need to self-report your credits through the member portal.
The State Bar is requesting that all CLE providers report attendance credits online at To get a course approved for WV credit sponsors can register online and make the request online.
For more information for CLE Sponsors – Click Here

Annual Professional Limited Liability (PLLC) Organization Renewals 
In order to insure that your PLLC is in compliance with the laws of The State of West Virginia, you need to file an annual renewal application with The State Bar. Any change in the corporate organization from the prior year must be reported. COPIES OF CURRENT CERTIFICATES OF INSURANCE ARE REQUIRED. Every PLLC must also register an email address.

If your organization renewed online previously click here to login.  PLLC Annual Renewals were due by July 1, 2016.  If you have questions concerning PLLC reporting requirements contact Anita R. Casey at 304-553-7228 or If you have questions concerning the process for online filing contact Mike Mellace at 304-553-7223 or


Judicial Benchbook for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings
 The 2016 Judicial Benchbook for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings is now available. Click here to download.
CIP also published an online Juvenile Law Guide this year, available at this link.  The guide gives an overview of West Virginia juvenile law and court procedures. It is intended to provide a framework for understanding the state’s juvenile justice system and to be a training tool for juvenile justice system personnel, law enforcement, students, and the public.  Questions? Contact Nikki Tennis at
Upcoming Events

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

May 17th & 18th, 2016 – 9:30a.m. and 1:30p.m.
US Northern District Court CM/ECF Training
Host: United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
Location: Clarksburg Point of Holding Court, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Clarksburg

May 19, 2016
Finance and Estate Planning Seminar 
Host: WV Bankers Association, WV Society of CPAs, The WV State Bar Probate Law Committee
Location: Edgewood County Club – Charleston, WV

May 19, 2016
Recent Developments in the Law Seminar 
Host: WVCLE and the Cabell County Bar Association
Location: Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, WV

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

June 16, 2016
Insurance Law Seminar 
Location: WVU Medical Center – Charleston, 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.
CLE: Approved for 15.2 CLE credits including 1.0 in ethics
Questions? Contact

June 23-24, 2016 
Public Defender Services 2016 Indigent Defense Conference (formerly the Public Defender Annual Conference) 
Host: West Virginia Public Defender Services
Location: Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV
Registration Coming Soon. Please email with any questions/concerns you might have.

July 20, 2016 
Advocacy in Mediation – Advanced Mediation Training
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.
CLE: Approved for 7.5 CLE credits, including 1.0 in ethics.
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. Registration will open in late August.