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NEW COURT RULES – The Court has issued the Approved Changes to the Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, effective January 3, 2012.  Click here to review the Rules.

2012 WORKING TOGETHER CONFERENCE – A Partnership of Public and Private Tax Professionals – Working Together is a partnership of public and private tax professionals, where practitioner groups join with the IRS and the West Virginia State Tax Department  in sponsoring an annual conference. By continuing to enhance the level of communication and trust among the groups, a constructive working relationship is being built that will reduce the tax burden on the public and practitioners alike, and will further the IRS/State Tax Department goal of improving voluntary compliance.  The Conference will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at the University of Charleston. A continental breakfast and hot buffet lunch will be provided.  To obtain more information regarding the Conference, click here.  The West Virginia Tax Institute is a presumptively-accredited provider for MCLE activities in West Virginia. This course qualifies for 8.0 hours of credit under the West Virginia Rules for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.

ELDER LAW COMMITTEE – The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce the formation of an Elder Law Committee.  An organizational meeting of the new committee will be held at noon on January 12, 2012at The West Virginia State Bar Office, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, WV 25311.   For more information please contact committee chair Jesse Forbes at (304) 343-4050 or


WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present its annual litigation seminar on February 24-25, 2012, live at the Canaan Valley Resort & Conference Center in Davis, West Virginia. This conference will feature experts addressing issues related to litigation. Speakers include: Harry G. Deitzler, Esquire; Lonnie C. Simmons, Esquire; L. David Duffield, Esquire; Chad S. Lovejoy, Esquire; Professor Thomas C. Cady; Rory Lee Perry, II, Clerk of the Court; Mark R. Staun, Esquire; Pamela D. Tarr, Esquire, and Thomas P. Boggs, Esquire. Canaan Valley Resort is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains and offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, skating, etc. We have reserved rooms at a “double” room rate of $99 per night. Please make your reservations by dialing (800) 622-4121 and ask for the West Virginia Continuing Legal Education reservation block. All rooms will be released by January 23, 2012. If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or dial (304) 293-7255.


Would you like to hire a law clerk to work in your office this summer?  Are you planning to add a new associate to your firm?  If so, the West Virginia University College of Law has many outstanding students who are great candidates for employment.  Please register now for on campus interviews at the West Virginia University College of Law! Interviews for law firms will be held from February 13 until March 2, 2012.  If you can’t come to Morgantown to interview, please feel free to post a job and let us forward resumes to you.  We welcome the opportunity to help you!

To register for on campus interviews, please go to our Symplicity site and register as an employer; you will see the link for job postings and on campus interview sign ups as well.  Here is the link:

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Powell, Assistant Dean, Career Services at 304 293 6792 or by email

A REMINDER FOR THE NEW YEAR – Please remember that you can update your contact information with The State Bar online at –

UPCOMING FASTCASE WEBINARS – Click here to review a complete listing of upcoming Fastcase webinars.


These Fastcase webinars have now been approved for 1.20 online (audio/video type) office management credits each.