The 2010-2012 reporting period will end on June 30, 2012. The filing deadline is July 31, 2012. If necessary, you may take courses in the month of July 2012 and carry the credits back to meet the 2010-2012 requirement without any penalty. Courses carried back may NOT be split between two different reporting periods. You may carry over six excess general credits earned to the 2012-2014 reporting period. You may check your credits online and file approved activities completed using the State Bar’s website if you have an e-mail on file with the State Bar office. To access your records, go to www.wvbar.org, click on MCLE, then click Member Login. If you have not used the new online submission program, you will need to go to the Password Reset Feature, enter your e-mail as on file with the State Bar, and click reset password. You will then receive an e-mail with a link to create your password. The password must be created within one hour. You may then review your credits and submit credits online. You may access the reporting period, the requirements, and forms by double-clicking MCLE on the website. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org at email@example.com.
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.
Thinking of adding a new lawyer to your firm? Or hiring a summer law clerk? Register now to find the best candidates from the West Virginia University College of Law!
If so, please take a minute to register for Fall 2012 on campus interviews at the West Virginia University College of Law. Right now there are two on campus interview sessions for law firms, courts, government agencies and corporations. The first session begins on Tuesday, September 4 and lasts until Friday, September 7. Click herefor more information.
JUNE 8th – NEW HORIZONTAL WELL ACT AND SHALE GAS LAW UPDATE SEMINAR
WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present “The New Horizontal Well Act and Shale Gas Law Update” seminar on June 8, 2012, live at the WVU Medical Center- Charleston Division, Charleston, West Virginia. Speakers include: Timothy M. Miller, Kathy G. Beckett, Joseph Lee Jenkins, P. Robert Pichardo, Jeffrey J. Rokisky, George A. Patterson, Andrew S. Graham and Rachael L. Fletcher Cipoletti. This seminar is accredited for 7.5 WV MCLE credits, including 1.2 Ethics credits. It is also accredited for 7.5 RL/RPL credits and 7.5 CPL recertification credits through AAPL. Additionally, we have applied for MCLE credit in OH, PA, 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 seminarClick Here or for more information, please or dial (304) 293-7255.
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.
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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
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 in the Chamber of the House of Delegates, Maryland lawyer and mediator Carolyn Rodis will give a presentation approved for 2.4 general CLE hours (no ethics hours available). Ms. Rodis will speak about financial exploitation of seniors and the growing specialty of elder mediation. Space is limited. Please click here for a flyer about the event and to RSVP. For any questions about this event please contact Melissa Wright with Legal Aid of West Virginia at 304-414-5429 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is hosted by the WV Financial Exploitation Task Force made possible with support from the Senior Medicare Patrol Grant.
JUNE 15 – ESTATE PLANNING UPDATE SEMINAR
The New WV Durable Power of Attorney Act and Other Important Estate Planning Issues (In Memory of Bruce L. Stout) WVCLE will present “Estate Planning Update: The New WV Durable Power of Attorney Act and Other Important Estate Planning Issues” seminar on June 15, 2012, live at the WVU Medical Center- Charleston Division, Charleston, West Virginia. This seminar is dedicated to our friend and colleague, Bruce L. Stout, who served more than 25 years on the CLE Committee and spent thousands of hours educating lawyers, law students and the public about wills and estates. Speakers include: John F. Hussell, IV; Audy M. Perry, Jr.; Christopher J. Winton; John F. Allevato; Marcia A. Broughton; David R. Croft; and Rachael Cipoletti. This seminar is accredited for 7.5 WV MCLE credits, including 1.0 Ethics credits. We have also applied for MCLE credit in OH, PA, 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.
GOVERNMENT LAWYERS COMMITTEE HOT TOPICS CLE
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.
Registration is now open for the 2012 Court Improvement Program cross-training conferences. There is no fee for the conferences, which will take place July 23-24 at the Charleston Marriott and July 26-27,2012, at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown. To view the brochure and register, click here.
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 email@example.com.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