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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 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 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 Complete instructions will be available in the Request for Proposals Narrative Instruction. Please refer to for filing dates and submission requirements. Please email inquiries pertaining to the LSC competitive grants process to

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, or WV Bar Foundation, 2008A Kanawha Blvd., East, Charleston, WV 25311.


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 or 304-558-1044.

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.