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.
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 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.
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.
MEDIATION TRAINING SESSIONS – On June 12 and 13, 2012, The West Virginia State Bar’s ADR Committee will present its annual Basic Mediation Training Sessions. The sessions will be held at the Days Hotel in Flatwoods. The sessions provide 14.5 hours CLE credit with 1.0 hour in ethics. Registration deadline is June 6.
Click here to register for the Basic Mediation Training Sessions. Click here for the Basic Mediation Training Sessions Agenda.
An Advanced Mediation Training Session will be held on July 11, 2012, also at the Days Hotel in Flatwoods. This session will offer 7 hours CLE credit.
Click here to register for the Advanced Mediation Training Session.
Click hereto for the Advanced Mediation Training Session Agenda.
The State Bar has made arrangements with The Days Hotel for discounted rooms for those attending the training sessions. Contact should be made directly with the hotel at 866-700-7284. Advise the hotel you will be attending one of the training sessions to obtain The State Bar discount of $89.10 for a single or double room. If you have questions concerning the discounted rooms, contact Kathy Henning at
SAVE THE DATE!! – Mark your calendars for the 2012 Government Lawyers Committee Hot Topics CLE on June 21, 2012 at the WV Legislative House Chambers at the Capitol. Come join us for a day full of sessions addressing issues which affect federal, state, county, and city government attorneys. 2 hours of Ethics and Office Management CLE are pending approval.
Thank you to all speaker at the Advanced Mediation Training in Bridgeport on July 29, 2021. Kwame Christian, M. A. Esq., American Negotiation Institute, LLC, gave a great presentation on "Moving Through Mediation." He is pictured during his presentation and with past President Monica Nassif Haddad. Also in attendance and pictured below are past Bar Presidents Robert M. Steptoe, Jr., Debra H. Scudiere, Elliot G. Hicks, Monica Nassif Haddad, and Judge Michael J. Aloi. ... See MoreSee Less
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 email@example.com.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