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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 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 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

2012 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY – The 2012 version of the membership directory is now available.  The directory is a digital .PDF file that can be saved to your computer. As a service to our members, this version of the directory is only available through the member login.  Information available to the public remains unchanged (does not include member email addresses) under the Public Information tab on the website.

  • To download the directory log into your account at and click on Membership Directory.
  • For tips and tricks on how to navigate and save the directory to your computer click here.
  • If you want a printed copy of the directory click here for an order form.

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.

LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT SEMINAR SERIES – Technology 4 Attorneys, LLC and Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia will sponsor a Law Office Management Seminar Series to be held at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington, WV on Friday, June 1, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course XIII: Social Media Evidence Issues; Social Media Pitfalls for Lawyers & Staff; Metadata & Social Media Case Law Update; Avoid Drafting Metadata Related and Smartphone Discovery Requests; and Social Media & Metadata Ethics Issues. Faculty:  Kenneth O. Kreis J.D.
Approved for 6.0 CLE Hrs (2.1 Hrs Office Mgmt/Ethics) by the West Virginia State Bar; Approved for 6.25 CLAE Hrs (1.0 Ethics) by the Certifying Board for Legal Assistants of NALA.
For Registration or  Questions: Cynthia L. Kline, (304)340-1311; Cell:  (304)552-9120;

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.

UPDATES TO MCLE COMMISSION RULES AND REGULATIONS – At a meeting of the WV MCLE Commission held on March 13, 2012 the new MCLE Database Program was discussed. Based upon the discussion, it was determined that the MCLE Rules and Regulations should be rewritten to reflect the move to 21st century technology in the delivery and recording of MCLE for WV Bar members. In order to meet a short deadline, a Committee was formed to revise the rules and regulations. Today the full Commission was presented with the work product of the Committee who worked diligently for the past three weeks on these revisions. Thanks to the work of Amy Crossan, Teresa Dumire, Teresa McCune, Steve Thompson, Mike Mellace and Mark Starcher dissemination of the revisions to the Commission occurred today. Special recognition is in order for Teresa Dumire who worked tirelessly on the drafts and kept the communication ongoing throughout the process. A grateful MCLE Commission salutes her efforts on our behalf.

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 here to 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.