SAVE THE DATE – The State Bar’s Annual Meeting will be held April 20 & 21, 2012 in Wheeling at Oglebay Resort. There will be 12 hours of CLE available, including 6 hours in ethics, substance abuse and law office management. Click here for registration information. Click herefor the agenda.
The West Virginia State Bar is pleased to announce, congratulate and welcome the newest members of The State Bar Board of Governors and the Young Lawyers Executive Committee:
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
District 11 – Kevin B. Burgess – Fayetteville
District 12 – Joyce Morton – Webster Springs
District 13 – Norman T. Farley – Clarksburg
District 14 – Debra H. Scudiere – Morgantown
District 15 – C. Paul Estep – Kingwood
District 16 – William J. Powell – Martinsburg
African American Representative – Meshea L. Poore – Charleston
YOUNG LAWYER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
District 11 – Samuel R. White – Summersville
District 12 – Jasmine R. H. Morton – Webster Springs
District 13 – William J. O’Brien – Bridgeport
District 14 – Shannon P. Smith – Morgantown
District 15 – Cody E. Nett – Kingwood
District 16 – Matthew L. Harvey – Martinsburg
African American Representative – Kameron T. Miller – Charleston
WV PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES – West Virginia Public Defender Services would like to announce to start-up of a new on-line system designed to improve the court-appointed voucher system and speed-up the time spent in voucher preparation and review. The new Online Voucher System (“OVS”) lets attorneys easily create, submit, and track court appointed vouchers electronically. The system can be accessed by any Web-enabled device using current versions of the major browsers. The application uses the latest in Web security protocols to ensure all information is transmitted securely.
The new system will be fully operational on MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012. For further information (including registration information) please contact Sheila Coughlin, Teresa Asbury or Kitty Wilson at (304) 558-3905 or log-on to www.wvpds.org
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 email@example.com or 304-872-6050 or Nick Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-345-2000.
CRIMINAL LAW COMMITTEE MEETING OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE STATE BAR – The West Virginia State Bar’s Criminal Law Committee will meet on April 6, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at the offices of Bailey & Glasser. There is no need to register for the meeting in advance. If you are unable to attend in person, you may call in, at no cost to you, by using the following number: 1469-941-0741 with the code 404-355-8148. If you have questions, please contact Sandy Hanning at Bailey & Glasser, 209 Capitol Street, 304-345-6555 or email@example.com.
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 fromwww.grants.lsc.gov 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 state, go to www.grants.lsc.gov/about-grants/where-we-fund and 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, eligibility to apply for a grant, and how to file a NIC is available at www.grants.lsc.gov/about-grants. Complete instructions will be available in the Request for Proposals Narrative Instruction. Please refer to www.grants.lsc.gov for filing dates and submission requirements. Please email inquiries pertaining to the LSC competitive grants process to Competition@lsc.gov.
BAR FOUNDATION FELLOWS DINNER – APRIL 26, 2012 – The Bar Foundation Board of Directors has selected the members of the 2012 class of Bar Foundation Fellows.
This year’s group of seventeen lawyers and three members of the judiciary joins 223 lawyers and 32 judges, who have been previously selected as Bar Foundation Fellows.
The Annual Reception and Dinner to honor the 2012 class will be held on Thursday, April 26, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston.
The well attended black tie optional event begins at 6:30PM and the cost is $125 per person or $1,250 for a table of ten persons.
Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations-(304)-343-9823,
The 2012 Bar Foundation Fellows are: James M. Brown – Beckley Phyllis H. Carter – Institute Sandra M. Chapman – Wheeling The Honorable Edwin F. Flowers – Morgantown F. Thomas Graff, Jr. – Charleston Anthony G. Halkias – Charleston Carl L. Harris – Fayetteville David W. McCauley – Buckhannon Teresa C. McCune – Williamson Taunja Willis Miller – Morgantown The Honorable Alan D. Moats – Grafton C. David Morrison – Bridgeport Steven K. Nord – Huntington Thomas O. Patrick – Morgantown Cheryl Dean Riley – Wheeling Frederick M. Dean Rohrig – Middlebourne The Honorable O. C. Spaulding – Winfield Ward D. Stone, Jr. – Morgantown Charles Samuel Trump, IV – Berkeley Springs Jeff C. Woods – Hurricane
REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT – The Court has published for comment proposed amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law, as recommended by the Board of Law Examiners. The proposed amendments would increase the passing score on the MPRE. They also exclude internet-based law courses from the equivalency policy, include the policy for use of laptops when taking the exam, set forth the administrative appeal procedure before the Board in certain instances, and amend the conditional admission provisions. For the complete proposed amendments review the Court’s March 9, 2012 Order by clicking here. The deadline for filing comments is May 21, 2012.
SOUTHEASTERN MINORITY JOB FAIR – The Southeastern Minority Job Fair will be held in Atlanta, GA on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and July 28. This is a great opportunity for employers to interview more than 900 students and recent graduates from 50+ ABA-approved law schools, including students from the West Virginia University College of Law. The deadline to register is Friday, May 4th. To learn more about the program and registration fees, visit www.semjf.org
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 www.wvsos.com, 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 PBarker@wvsos.com or 304-558-6000.
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.
The WV State Bar is pleased to announce this month’s MoreThanALawyer recipient, Duane Ruggier, a litigation attorney with Pullin Fowler Flanagan Brown & Poe, PLLC in Charleston, who has relentlessly advocated for a more accessible West Virginia to those challenged with a physical handicap. Duane was nominated by Vic Flanagan and Monica Nassif Haddad. Read below for Duane’s inspiring story.***************************************************************************Duane Ruggier was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his first year of law school in 1995. Duane, a high school athlete in basketball, soccer and tennis, went from walking and running normally to “walking the walls” and then using a cane, a walking rollator and now, a power chair. Despite his diagnosis, Duane continued to be a strong advocate for maintaining an active and productive lifestyle despite one’s disability. “I have never thought that things get better by just sitting on the couch worrying about your problems. I have always believed that it is better for you, your family and your State to get up and go to work no matter what your particular malady is.” Duane has devoted significant time and effort to the National MS Society and in making West Virginia more accessible to his fellow disabled individuals. “Though I knew that I had to first provide for my family, it was also important for me to help those with MS and to make our State more accessible to all individuals. If you are not in a wheelchair then you just can’t understand that a three-inch curb might as well be 10 feet high or that a bathroom without grab bars prevents you from using the bathroom or that having to park at the back of the parking lot is too far of a distance to actually make it to the courthouse.” Duane’s practice requires him to travel throughout the State, exposing him to many courthouses and businesses. “Wherever I go I try to make a positive change if I can.” With Duane’s advocacy he has been able to bring about changes to facilities such as courthouses, hotels, restaurants, schools and shopping centers including handicapped parking spaces at the Federal Courthouse in Charleston, the Harrison County Courthouse, Hurricane Middle School, Hurricane City Hall, CAMC General and at convenience stores, hotels and law firms around the state. He was also pivotal in creating handicapped bathrooms at the West Virginia Supreme Court, the West Virginia State Bar, CAMC Teays Valley, Logan County Courthouse, and in many law firms and restaurants. Duane is relentless in his quest for accessibility for the handicapped. Duane also serves on the West Virginia Access to Justice Committee where he has assisted with garnering over $500,000 in ADA improvements to West Virginia courthouses. Dan Kimble, Director of the WV Access to Justice Commission, praises Duane: “As a member of the Access to Justice Commission, Duane has been invaluable in helping the Commission members, WVU College of Law students, government officials and the public, gain awareness to the barriers that limit the full potential of those with handicapping conditions. The great thing about Duane is that he doesn’t just see the barriers; he goes through them!” As a member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Multiple Sclerosis Society, Duane is a frequent speaker and advocate regarding Multiple Sclerosis. With the assistance of his law firm, he has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the MS Society with their involvement in the MS 150 Bike Race, Dinner of Champions, MS Art Auction and the Women on the Move Luncheon. In 2015, the Inaugural Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament was first held at the Berry Hills Golf Club in Charleston, WV with all proceeds from the tournament going to benefit the MS Society. The annual tournament is supported by attorneys from all across the State of West Virginia from both the Plaintiff and Defense bars and hosts golfers from as far away as California and Texas and even Sweden. This year’s Sixth Annual Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament will be held at the Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country Club in Teays Valley, WV on October 11, 2021. Please contact Duane if you are interested in participating or sponsoring at firstname.lastname@example.org.Duane resides in Hurricane with his wife, Jennifer. He is grateful for the support of his wife and children, Duane III, Anthony, Isabella, Gabriel and Hannah. “When you have MS, the entire family has MS, and I am more than blessed to have an entire family behind me.” Thank you Duane, for your relentless advocacy improving the quality of life and ensuring the legal rights of those challenged by disability and for being so much More Than A Lawyer.*****************************************************************************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