Bar Blast – November 10, 2015

November 10, 2015
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Pro Hac Vice Out-of-State Lawyer Search
A new feature has been added to the State Bar Membership Portal allowing members and the public to search out-of-state lawyers by name. This feature also allows you to view a list of the current and closed cases in which that attorney was admitted by Pro Hac Vice motion.
Go to, click on Pro Hac Vice and then “Out-of-State Lawyer Directory Search.”

16th Judicial Circuit Vacancy
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 16th Judicial Circuit serving Marion County. Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 17, 2015.  The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is November 24, 2015.  Applications and instructions are available at  For more information about the application process, please call Manda Bickoff at 304-558-2000.  Interviews will be held in Charleston on December 8, 2015.

The 2016 Annual Conference and Meeting of the West Virginia State Bar
The West Virginia State Bar’s Annual Conference and Meeting is the ideal venue to reconnect with lawyers and friends – and to build new relationships – all while enjoying the amenities of West Virginia’s premier resort, the Greenbrier. Take advantage of excellent Greenbrier accommodation rates offered only to our members* and obtain CLE credits at presentations by our Judiciary and nationally recognized presenters. Upon arrival, all are encouraged to attend the State Bar Annual Dinner on Sunday, April 3rd, where Fifty Year Bar Members, Past Presidents of the State Bar and award winners for both the State Bar and Legal Aid of West Virginia will be recognized. On Monday, April 4th, attend the CLE program consisting of 6 hours of presentations that promise to be informative and helpful to your practice. Attendance at the Dinner on Sunday, April 3, and the CLE program on Monday, April 4, is only $195.00. For those who can only attend the seminar on April 4, the cost is $75.00. For those who can only attend the dinner on April 3, the cost is $130.00.
*The special discounted room rates will be available for the two days following the meeting. Click here for The Greenbrier hotel reservation form

Request for Public Comment on the Amendment to the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law
The Court is requesting public comment on amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law. The proposed amendment would permit the temporary practice of law in West Virginia by the attorney spouses of active service members assigned to a permanent duty station in West Virginia. The Court has approved a 60 day comment period to end on December 15, 2015. Any comments must be filed, in writing, with the WV Supreme Court Clerk’s Office.

Click here for the order

Upcoming Events

November 13-14, 2015
WVCLE Shale Gas Law Conference (WVU v. University of Texas)
Host: West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE)
Location: WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WV
CLE: We will apply for MCLE credit in WV, PA, VA, KY, and OH.
More Information: CLICK HERE