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NEW STATE BAR ID CARDS – The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has approved the State Bar’s use of photo ID cards, issued through the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, as the official State Bar identification card. To obtain the new card you will need to complete the Photo ID Membership Card Application online at Print the completed form and mail to The West Virginia State Bar, ATTN: Photo ID Cards, 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, WV 25311. Do not fax or email the form to The State Bar. When the State Bar receives your Photo ID Membership Card Application, your information will be verified and submitted to the DMV, which will assign a number to your application.  Please note that the form you submit to The State Bar will be destroyed so your Social Security number will not be on file at The State Bar. Once that designated DMV application number is provided to you by the State Bar, you can visit any West Virginia DMV office, with an additional photo ID and $5 (cash, check, credit card or money order), and acquire your West Virginia State Bar Photo ID Membership Card.

If you have a non-photo, laminated card, that card remains a valid State Bar ID card. If you have questions concerning the new ID cards, please contact Anita Casey at 304-558-7993 or or Cheryl Wright at 304-558-0828 or

SUBMIT YOUR MCLE CREDITS ONLINE  – To check or submit your MCLE credits online, you must have an e-mail on file with the State Bar Office.  Go to for instructions to check or submit your credits online.   If you have problems, please contact Mike Mellace at

MCLE REMINDER:  The July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2012 reporting period credits must be received no later than July 31, 2012, to avoid late filing fees.  Active attorneys are required to complete 24 total credits, including at least 3 credits in legal ethics, office management, substance abuse or elimination of bias credits.  Active members admitted July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011 must complete at least 12 total credits, including at least 3 in legal ethics, office management, substance abuse or elimination of bias credits.  Active members admitted July 1, 2011 or later are exempt for the 2010-2012 reporting period.   If you have questions regarding your MCLE, please contact Hope Gresham

WEST VIRGINIA STATE BAR ABA REPRESENTATIVE – At its meeting of January 13, 2012, The West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors modified the policy, which has been in effect for the past several years, of naming the Immediate Past President as the State Bar’s ABA Representative. The Board of Governors was of the opinion that it was in the best interest of the Bar to allow an individual to remain in the ABA Representative position for a period in excess of one year. Effective in 2012, any Past President of The West Virginia State Bar is eligible to self-nominate or to be nominated to serve as The State Bar’s ABA Representative for a term of three years. The individual may be elected to serve one additional, successive, three year term. Before nominating a Past President, that individual must be contacted to confirm that he/she will accept the nomination, if selected by the Board of Governors. Nominations for ABA State Bar Representative should be submitted to Anita R. Casey no later than April 4, 2012, in order to appear on The State Bar Board of Governors’ agenda of April 19, 2012. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Tish Chafin at 304-234-2221, Dan Callaghan at or 304-872-6050 or Nick Casey at or 304-345-2000.

2011 HIPAA Preemption Update – The WV Executive Branch recently updated its HIPAA Preemption analysis, which may be found at the following link:   While it is produced annually to support the Executive Branch’s internal privacy compliance, it may be useful to others and serves as a database of all health information laws in WV.  Any questions may be directed to Sallie Milam, WV’s Chief Privacy Officer, at 304.558.7000 .

JOB POSTINGS –  In order to assist our members in locating suitable employment in these hard economic times, The State Bar has established a Career Services link on the website. To view the job postings, members will need to login under the members link, then select the Career Services link from the drop down under the members tab.  Attorney position will be  posted, for a period of fourteen (14) calendar days and all contacts regarding the opening will be made directly with the potential employer.  If you have any current openings or know of any jobs that you think would be good for our career services page please go to and complete the required information. Questions regarding the site should be directed to Mike Mellace via email