BAR BLAST – September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014
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Annual Membership Reporting & Fees 2014-15
Members are required to comply with FRD & IOLTA reporting requirements and pay fees by midnight September 2, 2014. 
TO COMPLETE ONLINE, please go and log in. Select the “Reporting & Fees” icon to complete payment and complete requirements.
TO COMPLETE VIA PAPER FORM (which must be POSTMARKED on or before September 2, 2014), click here.


IF YOU HAVE A FIRM ADMINISTRATOR OR WANT TO REGISTER A FIRM ADMINISTRATOR: Firms with 5 or more members are able to delegate a firm administrator to complete reporting and fees on their behalf. Click here for more information
Membership Questions: (304) 553-7220; or
Technical Questions: (304) 553-7223; or

Investiture Ceremony of U.S. Magistrate 

Judge Robert W. Trumble

The formal investiture ceremony of the Honorable Robert W. Trumble as United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia will take place on Friday, September  26,  2014,  at  1:00  p.m.  at  the  W. Craig Broadwater Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 217 W. King Street, Martinsburg, WV.

Overflow  seating  will be available in the Magistrate Judge Courtroom.  If you  plan  to attend, please RSVP by September 19, 2014, to Kim A. Criswell at (304) 234-0380

West Virginia Online Legal Help-New Pro Bono Opportunity

The West Virginia State Bar is excited to announce a new opportunity for attorneys to provide pro bono assistance to the public anytime, from anywhere.  West Virginia Online Legal Help( a new website where low-income West Virginians can post questions about their civil legal needs.  The questions are answered by volunteer attorneys, who provide basic information and legal advice for free.

We need West Virginia attorneys to sign up to volunteer.  The benefits of volunteering include:

  • No expectation of long-term representation.
  • Professional liability insurance provided.
  • Attorney’s name is anonymous to user.

Please go to and click on “Lawyers Sign Up” to register to volunteer.  We hope to open the website to questions from the public in September 2014.

Click here for more information.

13th Judicial Circuit Vacancy

The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 13th Judicial Circuit serving Kanawha County.    Candidates must submit their completed applications by no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 12, 2014.  The deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation or comment is September 19, 2014.  Applications and instructions are available  To contact the Commission regarding the application process, please call Janet Shelton at 304-558-2000.  Interviews will be held on September 26, 2014.

Help Our Veterans and Military Members AND Get TWO FREE HOURS of CLE Credit

The State Bar’s Veterans and Military Affairs Committee is offering two hours of CLE credit on Monday, November 10, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  The two hour seminar, addressing veteran’s issues, will be held at Legal Aid of West Virginia’s Charleston office.  The interactive seminar will be broadcast to 11 other Legal Aid offices throughout the State.  Credit for a LIVE presentation will be given.  In exchange for the two hours of credit, all participating attorneys will be asked to spend one hour (from 3:00 to 4:00 on November 10) responding to phone calls from our veterans and military members.  The call in will be similar to the State Bar’s Tuesday Legal Connect.  Pre-registration for the seminar is essential to insure that the Legal Aid office where you plan to attend the seminar has sufficient seating space.  Registration information will be available soon.

Supreme Court Updates

Approval of Revisions to the West Virginia Rules of Evidence

On September 2, 2014, revisions to the West Virginia Rules of Evidence become effective.

Click here for a copy of the order and revisions 

Revised Domestic Relations Civil  

Case Information Statement  

The WV Supreme Court of Appeals has issued a revised form”Petitioner’s Civil Case Information Statement-Domestic Relations Cases”. Click here for the revised version.
Upcoming Events

September 5-6, 2014

WVCLE – Family Law Institute  

Location: WVU College of Law in Morgantown, WV

About: Nationally recognized speaker and author of Run Your Firm Like a Business, Frank T. Lockwood, will discuss the challenges of and solutions to practicing law while managing the administrative and business demands of your law practice, at WVCLE’s Family Law Institute seminar,
MCLE:This seminar is accredited for 9.7 WV MCLE credits, including 4.2 Ethics/Law Office Management credits.

September 19-20, 2014

Shale Gas Law 2014 

Location: WVU College of Law in Morgantown, WV


October 3-4, 2014

Update on the Law   

Location: WVU College of Law


October 7, 2014

57th Annual Tax Seminar

Location: Wheeling Jesuit University – Wheeling, WV

Host: Tri-State Tax Institute

October 7-30, 2014

WV State Bar Regional Meetings

The West Virginia State Bar will hold nine Regional Meetings  this fall. These meetings will provide 3.0 Continuing Legal Education credits in the areas of ethics, office management, substance abuse, and/or elimination of bias. Lunch will be included at each meeting. Each Regional Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last until, approximately, 1:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per person. One of The State Bar’s Officers will attend each meeting.

Below is a list of tentative dates and locations.

Oct. 7 – Bridgeport
Oct. 23 – Moorefield
Oct. 8 – Morgantown Oct. 28 – Huntington
Oct. 16 – Wheeling Oct. 29 -Parkersburg
Oct. 21 – Beckley Oct. 30 – Charleston
Oct. 22 – Martinsburg


Check back soon for registration and more details.

October 19, 2014

65th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Tax Institute   

Location: Canaan Valley Resort, Davis, West Virginia

Host: WV Tax Institute