Lawyer Disciplinary Board Request for Comments: Electronic Media Committee
The Lawyer Disciplinary Board has received a request for an opinion concerning the retention and destruction of closed client filed which were kept in electronic format. The Committee has drafted an L.E.O. to address this issue, and is soliciting public comments thereon.
Please submit your written comments to the Electronic Media Committee, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304. Deadline for submissions isJuly 20, 2012.
WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICESAPPELLATE ATTORNEY
WVPDS is seeking applications for the position of Director of Appellate Advocacy Division. The successful candidate will prepare appeals in criminal and related matters. State agency with State benefits. Start Date: August 1, 2012. Attorney III, Pay Grade 22
($47,000 to $87,000, DOE). Please send resume and writing samples to: Russell S. Cook, Public Defender Services, Suite 301, One Players Club Drive, Charleston, WV 25311 – Apply no later than May 11, 2012.
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.
Also, 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.
TAX CREDITS FOR ATTORNEYS!
Legal Aid of West Virginia has just received nearly $15,000 of Neighborhood Investment Program Tax Credits that must be distributed before June 30! Donors may use NIP Tax Credits on: Personal Income Tax, Corporate Net Income Tax, or Business Franchise Tax. The minimum eligible donation to receive the Tax Credits is $500.00. In return, LAWV will send you a Tax Credit voucher equal to 50% of your donation. For example, if you send LAWV $1,000, we’ll send you back $500 in the form of a WV State Tax Credit — it’s that easy! Donations may be mailed to: Campaign for Legal Aid, 922 Quarrier Street, 4th Floor, Charleston, WV 25301 or visit www.lawv.net. NIP Tax Credits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please call 304.414.5438 to learn more about making the most of your charitable donation through NIP Tax Credits!
MAY 11, 2012 – EFFECTIVE PRETRIAL AND LITIGATION STRATEGIES SEMINAR
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.
JUNE 1, 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.
Saturday, June 2 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM in Martinsburg, there is a free event titled “Race, Law, and Democracy – the West Virginia Experience.” See a complete program and list of speakers and register online at www.jrclifford.org, or call Aimee Duncan at 304-345-7663 or email her at email@example.com. 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 Bar Foundation.
Friday, June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and West Virginia will be recognizing the day with events at the Capitol. From 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Capitol, Carolyn Rodis, a lawyer and mediator specializing in elder mediation in Maryland, will be giving a presentation that has been approved for 2.4 CLE hours. She will speak about elder mediation and financial exploitation of seniors. This presentation has been approved for 2.4 general ethics hours. Space is limited. Please click here for a flyer about the event and to RSVP. CLE location and directions will be provided upon receipt of your RSVP. This event is made possible with generous funding from the AARP Foundation and the WV Attorney General’s Office.
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 15.30 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
On June 21, 2012 The West Virginia State Bar’s Government Lawyers Committee will present its annual Government Lawyer Hot Topics CLE at the State Capitol. Come join us for a day full of sessions addressing issues which affect federal, state, county, and city government attorneys. The session provides 7 CLE credits including one credit in Ethics and one credit in office management . Registration deadline is June 18th.
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 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