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.
This time of year we are especially thankful for our attorneys who have always given back to their communities. This month’s MoreThanALawyer Natalie Sal exemplifies the best in West Virginia attorneys with her generous giving of her time in both her legal practice and her private life. Read more about our Thanksgiving MoreThanALawyer below. ********************************************************************* Community service and engagement have always been a priority in Natalie Sal’s life. She and her Morgantown firm Sal Sellaro Culpepper Legal Group routinely provide pro bono legal services for clients of the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC), WV Legal Aid, and WV Bar’s Legal Connect, and they have received multiple awards in recognition of their many years of pro bono service. Passionate about helping children and families, Natalie has served as a member of the West Virginia Court Improvement Oversight Board (charged with working state-wide to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system) and frequently presents at continuing legal education conferences statewide on issues relating to child welfare.
Natalie’s philosophy – that the generous sharing of our time and talents is essential for our community to thrive – has been every bit as much a driving force in her private life. She is on the Board of Directors of Christian Help, a local nonprofit providing necessities and services to area residents, and is a consultant for The Pantry Plus More, another local nonprofit whose mission is to help provide food, clothing, and other necessities to school-aged children. Natalie spent over 18 years as a frequent volunteer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, providing both extensive on-air volunteer assistance and off-air support for television and radio fund drives. She encourages others to become involved with the various community organizations and efforts addressing the challenges facing families in West Virginia, believing that, "Our collective wisdom is so much greater than that of any one of us alone."
As a mother of two amazing children (and volunteers-in-training), Natalie is an extremely active volunteer and fundraiser for Morgantown Learning Academy, her children’s nonprofit school, and serves on the affiliated Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Advisory Board that oversees the unique Mountain SOL outdoor education program. With a deep love of science and an engineering background, Natalie and her husband also promote science engagement and education for children in the community. From her daily social media “Cool Science Fact” to coaching FIRST Lego Robotics to providing occasional hands-on science exhibitions at area schools and daycare programs, Natalie encourages adults and children alike to get involved and to “Play science!”
Thank you, Natalie, for your dedication to pro bono service and to these volunteer organizations and the families they serve. You make us proud! ****************************************************** 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