BAR BLAST – May 13, 2014

 

May 13, 2014
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Request for Comment on Proposed Revisions to the Rules of Profession Conduct and Ancillary Matters

By order entered April 14, 2014, the Court approved a 60-day period of public comment on major revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct that are intended to update the rules in conformity with West Virginia law, and are largely patterned after the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct.  As a consequence of the proposed revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct, two additional subject matters are affected: admission of out-of-state lawyers pro hac vice and the administration of client trust accounts, including the Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program. These two subject matters are addressed in Rule 8 of the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law and proposed State Bar Administrative Rule 10, respectively. State Bar Administrative Rule 10 will form a part of a new set of rules that will replace the existing State Bar Rules and Regulations. The new State Bar Administrative Rules are still under development, and the remaining portions will be released for comment later this year. Because State Bar Administrative Rule 10 relates to the subject matter in the proposed amendments to Rule 1.15 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, it is appropriate for consideration as part of this package of rule changes. All practicing lawyers are encouraged to review the revisions carefully and submit comments. The public comment period closes on Friday, June 13, 2014. To review the proposed changes, click here.

Amendment to Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse

By order entered on April 24, 2014, the Court approved amendments to the Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, guidelines for children’s guardians ad litem in child abuse and neglect proceedings, and a required form guardian ad litem report.

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Establishment of Unified Electronic Filing System

Adoption of Amendments to the West Virginia Trial Court Rules, Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Criminal Procedure. Effective May 1, 2014.

Annual Professional Limited Liability Organization Renewals

In order to insure that your PLLC is in compliance with the by-laws of The State of West Virginia, you are required file an annual renewal application with The State Bar. Any change in the corporate organization from the prior year must be reported and copies of current certificates of insurance are required. Every PLLC must also register an email address.

Instructions for renewing will be made available soon.

Upcoming Events

May 14-16, 2014

Defense Trial Counsel of WV 32nd Annual Meeting 

Location: Stonewall Resort

Host: Defense Trial Counsel of WV
Questions? Contact Peggy Schultz, Executive Director at 304-344-1611 or by email at  pschultz@dtcwv.org.

May 15, 2014

Finance and Estate Planning Seminar 

Location:Edgewood Country Club – Charleston, WV

Host: WV State Bar Probate Law Committee & WV Bankers Association

May 16, 2014

Mountain State Bar Annual MCLE  

Location: Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV

The Mountain State Bar Association has a great line up of speakers offering a total of six (6) MCLE hours including two (2) ethic hours. Contact Attorney Dwight Staples for information 304-523-5732. Click here for the event brochure

May 16, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Family Law Committee Meeting  

Location: State Bar Center – Charleston, WV

Host: WV State Bar Family Law Committee 

May 29, 2014

Taming Your iPad, Outlook, and Document & Task Management Technology 

Location: Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV

Host: WVCLE

June 5, 2014

WVCLE Recent Developments in the Law    

Location: Clarion Hotel, Shepherdstown, WV

Host: WVCLE

June 6, 2014

Hot Topics for Government Lawyers  

Location: Capitol Conference Center – Charleston, WV

Host: WV State bar Government Lawyers Committee

June 12-13, 2014

2014 Annual Conference: “We are in this together”  

Location: Oglebay Resort & Conference Center

Host: WV Public Defender Services

June 17-18, 2014

Basic Mediation Training 

*There will be no Basic Mediation training in 2015.

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

Host: WV State Bar ADR Committee

July 7 & 10, 2014

CIP Child Abuse and Neglect Training  

July 7-8, 2014, at the Bridgeport Conference Center

July 10-11, 2014, at the Charleston Marriott

Host: The WV Court Improvement Program (CIP)

For more information go to www.wvcip.com

Click here for the brochure

July 8 & 11, 2014

CIP Juvenile Law Training 

July 8, 2014, at the Bridgeport Conference Center

July 11, 2014, at the Charleston Marriott

Host: The WV Court Improvement Program (CIP)

Registration will open this spring, when information will be posted on  www.wvcip.com.

July 17, 2014

Advanced Mediation Training 

Location: Days Hotel – Flatwoods, WV

Host: WV State Bar ADR Committee
Click here for online registration
Click here for the agenda
Note: There is no requirement to have completed Basic Mediation Training before attending the Advanced Program.
Questions? Contact Monica Haddad

August 7-9, 2014

128th Annual Meeting

Location:The Greenbrier

Host: The West Virginia Bar Association