Bar Blast – November 3, 2015

November 3, 2015
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Video Competition
The West Virginia State Bar is sponsoring a middle and high school video competition titled
The Significance of the Magna Carta on its 800th Anniversary.For more information click here to view the press release.

New Member Benefit – Best Buy for Business
Members can get discounted pricing from Best Buy for Business. National Purchasing Partner’s contract with Best Buy gives you top-tier pricing on the latest energy-saving appliances, air conditioning units, audio/visual products, computers, surveillance systems and more.
To learn more about Best Buy for Business and how it can help your business, click here.

Braxton & Cabell County Bar Meetings
President Michael W. Frazier recently attended meetings of the Braxton and Cabell County Bars. To see photos of the eventsclick here. To request that President Frazier, or another officer or the executive director of the State Bar, attend your county or regional Bar meeting, contact Anita R. Casey atcaseya@wvbar.org. Arrangements can be made to have a one (1) hour CLE presentation made.

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 www.mywvbar.org, 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 www.governor.wv.gov.  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.

Government Lawyers Reception
All attorneys are invited to the Third Annual Government Lawyers Reception on Tuesday, November 3rd at the Charleston offices of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, 901 Quarrier Street, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. A cash bar will be available. Please join us for this opportunity to catch up with old friends and make some new ones!

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 5, 2015
2015 WV CASA Association 16th Annual Conference
Host: WVCASA
Location: Charleston Civic Center
More Information: CLICK HERE

November 5, 2015
2015 Legal Ease / Pig Roast: Updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Host: The West Virginia Bar Association
Location: Edgewood Country Club
More Information: CLICK HERE

November 6-7, 2015
WVCLE Bankruptcy Law Conference (WVU v. Texas Tech)
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

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