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Join us April 20 & 21, 2012 at the historical Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, WV. The site of the 2012 West Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting.


Only two more days to register and pay online for the meeting Click here**. For the agenda Click here.

**you can also pay at the door on the day of the event, see agenda for prices.


Why you should attend the State Bar’s Annual Meeting?

  • 12 hours of CLE credit available, including 6 hours in ethics, substance abuse and law office management.
  • Located at the beautiful and historical Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, WV
  • Lots of opportunities to network with other State Bar Members
  • Exhibitors from across the country


Speakers include:

  • Mark Bassingthwaighte, risk manager at ALPS Corporation
  • District Court Judge Joy Flowers Conti of Pennsylvania
  • Attorney G. Nicholas Casey Jr.;
  • Dr. Alvin “Woody” Moss of the WVU School of Medicine
  • James R. Silkenat, vice president of the American Bar Association
  • Karen Timko of Julian Gray Associates
  • Major General Allen E. Tackett.
  • Hans William Voss, president of the State Bar of New Mexico
  • Attorneys L. David Duffield, Chad S. Lovejoy and Thomas P. Boggs


About the Resort: In addition to 1,700 acres of scenic beauty, attractive golf courses and charming cottages, Oglebay features West Virginia’s only accredited zoo, an elegant spa, dozens of recreational activities and a variety of specialty shops. The resort’s Schenk Lake offers fishing and the celebrated Cascading Waters show, which features a 150-foot fountain choreographed to lights and music.


For more information please go to our website

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 onThursday, 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 

LEGAL AID OF WEST VIRGINIA – Legal Aid of West Virginia is hosting an ethics presentation, “Ethics Update/Ethics for Family Law,” presented by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel on Friday, April 27, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. The ethics qualified one hour CLE session will be presented live at Legal Aid’s Charleston office and will also be available via videoconference at each of Legal Aid’s local offices. Private bar members are welcome, though space is limited. RSVP to Brenda Lambert at 304-343-4481, ext. 2138.


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.

EFFECTIVE PRETRIAL AND LITIGATION STRATEGIES SEMINAR – MAY 11, 2012 – WVCLE, in cooperation with the Cabell County Bar Association, will present “Effective Pretrial and Litigation Strategies” seminar on May 11, 2012, live at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia. Speakers include: The Honorable Cheryl A. Eifert; The Honorable Robin Jean Davis; William L. Mundy, Esquire; Thomas V. Flaherty, Esquire; Elizabeth Vish, Esquire; Charles S. Piccirillo, Esquire, and James D. Lamp, Esquire. This seminar is accredited for 8.0 WV MCLE credits, including 1.2 Ethics credits; 6.75 OH MCLE credits, including 1.0 Ethics credit, and 6.5 PA MCLE credits, including 1.0 Ethics credit. We have also applied for MCLE credit in KY and VA. The seminar begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning and adjourns at 5:00 p.m. If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or dial (304) 293-7255.

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.

WEST VIRGINIA FUND FOR LAW IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST –  The West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest has state tax credits available for donations of $500 or more. For a donation of $500 or more, you will receive 50% of that amount in tax credits. Donations support summer fellowships for law students providing legal services to those in need. Donations may be mailed to WVFLIPI, Attention Renee Wolf, 101 Law Center Drive, P.O. Box 6130, Morgantown, WV 26507. *Tax credits awarded on a first come, first served basis.  If you have any questions, please contact Renee Wolf at

FREE CLE program in Martinsburg on Saturday, June 2, 2012, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, titled “Race, Law, and Democracy – the West Virginia Experience.” See a complete program and list of speakers and register online at, or call Aimee Duncan at 304-345-7663 or email her at Eligible for three CLE credits in the elimination of bias in the legal profession. The program location is the Ramer Center, 515 West Martin St. Sponsored by the Mountain State Bar Association, Inc.; the J.R. Clifford Project of Friends of Blackwater; and the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division; with support from the West Virginia State Bar Foundation.

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.

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 from until April 24. 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 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 Complete instructions will be available in the Request for Proposals Narrative Instruction. Please refer for filing dates and submission requirements. Please email inquiries pertaining to the LSC competitive grants process