Annual Professional Limited Liability Organization Renewals – Now Available!
You are required file an annual renewal application of your PLLC with The State Bar. Any change in the corporate organization from the prior year must be reported and a copy of the current certificate of insurance in the name of the PLLC is required.
The State Bar is offering a 30 minute training session on June 9th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. for members and firm administrators to learn about recent changes in our reporting and fees process. If you have more than 5 members within your organization and wish to participate please register by clicking here.
The session will be recorded if you are unable to attend and wish to review at a later time.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t miss the Friday, June 6, 2014, CLE. The seminar will be held in the State Capitol Complex Building 7, Training Center, Capitol Room. Not only will you get 7.0 MCLE credits, including 2.0 Ethics, but the topics are diverse and thought-provoking!! This is your chance to learn about state liability for misbehaving public officials, how to be nice in the practice of law, and ways to keep your laptop or smart phone from telling all. Plus, you have the opportunity to network with other practitioners who share a common interest! Click here to sign up and see the full agenda. Contact Martha Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions.
WV Ethics Commission to Conduct Training on Governmental Ethics Act
The West Virginia Ethics Commission will offer a one-hour ethics training session on the West Virginia Governmental Ethics Act on Thursday, May 29, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Cabell County Courthouse, located at 750 5th Avenue in Huntington.
The session is free and open to state and local public employees, government lawyers, media and the general public. The West Virginia State Bar has approved the course for 1.2 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit, which includes 1.2 hours of Ethics credit.
The Attorney General seeks attorneys, of varying levels of experience, to fill a number of litigation positions. Ideal candidates will have top academic credentials, outstanding transcripts, a minimum of three years of litigation experience, and strong written and oral communication skills. Successful candidates will be expected to work extended hours, produce a high-quality legal product that meets exacting standards, and seek to enhance the reputation of the Attorney General’s Office as a top law firm in the State of West Virginia.
The West Virginia State Bar is excited to announce that its Lawyer Referral Service website is up and running. The website contains both general information and definitions on specific areas of the law. The site also provides links to other related websites and service providers. Members of the public are able to “surf” the site at any time. Contact information for attorneys, who have indicated they may be willing to provide services in specific practice areas, is immediately available.
As a service to both the Bar staff and the public,
which can be used as an information source for your staff when calls are received or walk-ins come to your office who you are unable to assist. Similar postings have been provided to all 55 circuit and county clerks, as well as many public libraries.
Thank you for your assistance with providing this information. Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mark Adkins, Chair of the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service Committee at email@example.com or Anita Casey firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-553-7228.
May 29, 2014
Taming Your iPad, Outlook, and Document & Task Management Technology
Location: Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
Host: US District Court Northern District About: The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia requires all attorneys to electronically file all pleadings using the Court’s Case Management Electronic Filing System (referred to as CM/ECF). The Court is offering a two and one half (2 ½) hour training course for attorneys and/or their support staff on the use of the CM/ECF filing system on the following dates at the Martinsburg point of holding court:
Tuesday, June 10 – 9:00a.m. and 1:30p.m. Wednesday, June 11 – 9:00a.m. Thursday, June 12 – 9:00a.m.
Friday, May 30th is the last day to make a reservation. Please direct questions to Connie Diamond at (304) 267-5682. Interested parties please contact: Connie Diamond via email – email@example.com.
Thank you to all speaker at the Advanced Mediation Training in Bridgeport on July 29, 2021. Kwame Christian, M. A. Esq., American Negotiation Institute, LLC, gave a great presentation on "Moving Through Mediation." He is pictured during his presentation and with past President Monica Nassif Haddad. Also in attendance and pictured below are past Bar Presidents Robert M. Steptoe, Jr., Debra H. Scudiere, Elliot G. Hicks, Monica Nassif Haddad, and Judge Michael J. Aloi. ... See MoreSee Less
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. West Virginia's lawyers are service members, volunteers, mentors, coaches, musicians and committed advocates. In all of these roles, they make a difference in their community. Each month we share a MoreThanALawyer story on West Virginia State Bar’s Facebook and Twitter pages. ... See MoreSee Less