PHISHING SCAMS – The State Bar has again received notice of several phishing/solicitation scams. Members need to be careful in responding to any email from an individual they do not know.
LITIGATION SEMINAR – FEBRUARY 24-25, 2012 – SPACE STILL AVAILABLE! WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present its annual litigation seminar onFebruary 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. This seminar is accredited for 10.1 WV MCLE credits, including 2.7 LOM credits. This seminar begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon and adjourns at 7:25 p.m. on Saturday evening. Canaan Valley Resort is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains and offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, skating, etc. If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, pleaseCLICK HERE or dial (304) 293-7255.
PUBLIC COMMENT – The Court has issued an order for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments on Rules to Govern Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. Click here to review the proposed amendments. The deadline date for public comments is February 29, 2012.
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 athttps://wvbar.org/shared/content/member_forms/photoidapp.pdf. 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 email@example.com or Cheryl Wright at 304-558-0828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 https://wvbar.org/mcle/onlineinstruc.aspx for instructions to check or submit your credits online. If you have problems, please contact Mike Mellace at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE – Sign up now to be part of the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS). LRS gives you access to potential clients and also assists with providing a service to our citizens in our State who seek legal advice and counseling. Through its companion Service, the Lawyer Information Service, referrals are made to lawyers who are part of LRS. These referrals are screened and designated to go to lawyers who practice in specific areas of law and in specific geographic locations. Clients referred pay you a one time $25 fee for the consultation and in the event you take the matter, you determine the contractual relationship with your new client. The State Bar has no involvement except to facilitate the referral from the public to the Lawyer Information Service.
For a limited time, the State Bar is waiving the $50 annual fee. If interested in the Lawyer Referral Service, please Click here to register .
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 tohttps://wvbar.org/public_information/attyjobposting.aspx and complete the required information. Questions regarding the site should be directed to Mike Mellace via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This time of year we are especially thankful for our attorneys who have always given back to their communities. This month’s MoreThanALawyer Natalie Sal exemplifies the best in West Virginia attorneys with her generous giving of her time in both her legal practice and her private life. Read more about our Thanksgiving MoreThanALawyer below. ********************************************************************* Community service and engagement have always been a priority in Natalie Sal’s life. She and her Morgantown firm Sal Sellaro Culpepper Legal Group routinely provide pro bono legal services for clients of the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC), WV Legal Aid, and WV Bar’s Legal Connect, and they have received multiple awards in recognition of their many years of pro bono service. Passionate about helping children and families, Natalie has served as a member of the West Virginia Court Improvement Oversight Board (charged with working state-wide to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system) and frequently presents at continuing legal education conferences statewide on issues relating to child welfare.
Natalie’s philosophy – that the generous sharing of our time and talents is essential for our community to thrive – has been every bit as much a driving force in her private life. She is on the Board of Directors of Christian Help, a local nonprofit providing necessities and services to area residents, and is a consultant for The Pantry Plus More, another local nonprofit whose mission is to help provide food, clothing, and other necessities to school-aged children. Natalie spent over 18 years as a frequent volunteer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, providing both extensive on-air volunteer assistance and off-air support for television and radio fund drives. She encourages others to become involved with the various community organizations and efforts addressing the challenges facing families in West Virginia, believing that, "Our collective wisdom is so much greater than that of any one of us alone."
As a mother of two amazing children (and volunteers-in-training), Natalie is an extremely active volunteer and fundraiser for Morgantown Learning Academy, her children’s nonprofit school, and serves on the affiliated Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Advisory Board that oversees the unique Mountain SOL outdoor education program. With a deep love of science and an engineering background, Natalie and her husband also promote science engagement and education for children in the community. From her daily social media “Cool Science Fact” to coaching FIRST Lego Robotics to providing occasional hands-on science exhibitions at area schools and daycare programs, Natalie encourages adults and children alike to get involved and to “Play science!”
Thank you, Natalie, for your dedication to pro bono service and to these volunteer organizations and the families they serve. You make us proud! ****************************************************** What is our MoreThanALawyer campaign all about? It highlights all the ways West Virginia’s attorneys impact lives within and outside of their profession. West Virginia's lawyers are service members, volunteers, mentors, coaches, musicians and committed advocates. In all of these roles, they make a difference in their community. Each month we share a MoreThanALawyer story on West Virginia State Bar’s Facebook and Twitter pages. ... See MoreSee Less