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SAVE THE DATE – The State Bar’s Annual Meeting will be held April 20 & 21, 2012 in Wheeling at Oglebay.  There will be 12 hours of CLE available, including 5 hours in ethics and law office technology.  Additional information will be available soon.

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.

The Public Interest Advocates of the WVU College of Law would like to invite you to the 25th annual auction on March 8, 2012 at the WVU Law Center in support of students pursuing careers in the public interest.

Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. and bidding will commence at 6 p.m. Dinner is $8 per person.

***Sample auction item: Registration for a WVCLE course in conjunction with the Mountaineer Series the weekend of the WVU v. Marshall game. This auction gift includes course registration, parking, and two football tickets. Minimum bid $200.***

Attorney door prize will be given!

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT – The Court has published for Comment Proposed Amendments to  Create Rule 29, Commercial Litigation, WV Trial Court Rules. The Business Court Study Committee was created by the Court for the purpose of evaluating the business court legislation passed as Enrolled Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 4352, including the law’s applicability, practicality, and any other issues the members may discover in the course of their study.  Click here to review the Order.  Comments should be filed in writing with the Clerk of the Court on or before May 11, 2012.

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

2012 WEST VIRGINIA JUDICIAL BENCHBOOK FOR CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT PROCEEDINGS –  The 2012 West Virginia Judicial Benchbook for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings is now available for free download at or A product of the Court Improvement Program of Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the 2012 benchbook contains checklists, case law, rules, and statutes relevant to child abuse and neglect proceedings.

LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION – Notice of Availability of Competitive – Grant Funds for Calendar Year 2013 – The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announces the availability of competitive grant funds to provide civil legal services to eligible clients during calendar year 2013. A Request for Proposals (RFP) and other information pertaining to the LSC grants competition will be available during the week of April 9, 2012. In accordance with LSC’s multiyear funding policy, grants are available for only specified service areas. To review the service areas for which competi tive grants are available, by s tate, go to www.grants.lsc. gov/about-grants/where-we-fundand click on the name of the state. A full list of all service areas in competition will also be posted on that page.

Applicants must file a Notice of Intent to Compete (NIC) through the online application system in order to participate in the competitive grants process. Information about LSC Grants funding, the application process, e lig ibility to apply for a grant, and how to file a NIC is available atwww.grants. Complete ins tructions will be available in the Request for Proposals Narrative Instruction. Please refer to for filing dates and submission requirements. Please ema il inquiries pertaining to the LSC competitive grants process to


WEST VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE NOW OFFERS TEXT ALERTS – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office Now Offers “Text Alerts”.  Sign up and receive alerts relating to West Virginia Code changes relating to business laws and business filing deadlines.  To sign up, go to, click on the “text alert – sign up” at the top of the page and enter your ten digit mobile phone number and your cellular carrier. Then click Subscribe. You’ll get important information from our office delivered right to your cell phone. Please remember that standard text messaging rates apply and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you have questions, contact Penney Barker at or 304-558-6000.

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