JULY 1, 2012 – JUNE 30, 2013 MEMBERSHIP DUES CHANGES
If you have already signed up to submit your FRD, IOLTA and Payment online here and have not received any response pleaseclick here for a document that will show you where to go and submit your information. If you have not received an email with a first time link from firstname.lastname@example.org then you will need to contact Mike Mellace at Mellacem@wvbar.org.
Your membership dues for fiscal year 2012-2013, and your Financial Responsibility Disclosure and IOLTA reporting requirements, can now be completed on line. All dues payments and submissions (Paper and online form) must be completed no later than September 1, 2012.
In addition to a website full of useful court information, the West Virginia Supreme Court also has a Twitter page. The twitter page is used by the Supreme Court to alert followers to important information about West Virginia Courts including press releases, opinion and memorandum decisions, and other important announcements. In the recent statewide emergency, the Twitter page was used to alert followers that courts across the state would be closed on Monday, July 2 and then it was used to announce that courts would be open on Tuesday, July 3. To follow West Virginia court news on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/wvcourts. If you already have a twitter account, just click follow. If you don’t have a Twitter account, it will prompt you to create a free account first. For more information on Twitter or if you have any questions, contact Supreme Court Public Information Specialist April Harless at 304-558-0145 or
The West Virginia State Bar’s Unlawful Practice of Law Committee has issued an Advisory Opinion addressing the duties and responsibilities of counsel retained or appointed to represent a criminal defendant. For a full text of Advisory Opinion 2012-001 click here.
LAWYER DISCIPLINARY BOARD REQUEST FOR COMMENTS: SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT COMMITTEE
The Lawyer Disciplinary Board has received a request for an opinion concerning the “indemnify and hold harmless” language contained in settlement agreements. The Committee has drafted an L.E.O. to address this issue, and is soliciting public comments thereon. Click here for a copy of the L.E.O. Please submit your written comments to the Settlement Agreement Committee, c/o Office of Disciplinary Counsel, 4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Suite 1200C, Charleston, WV 25304. Deadline for submissions: October 12, 2012.
COMMENTS REQUESTED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CIVIL PROCEEDINGS RULES
The Court is requesting comments on the Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Domestic Violence Civil Proceedings, Rules 4 and 11. The contact person is the Deputy Clerk, Edythe Nash Gaiser, her contact information is as follows: phone no. 304-558-2601 and email address: Edythe.Nash@courtswv.gov
AUGUST 31 & SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 COAL LAW SEMINAR
WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present the “Coal Law” seminar on August 31 & September 1, 2012, at the WVU College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia. Speakers include: Jeffrey K. Phillips, Professor Patrick C. McGinley, Benjamin L. Bailey, Joseph L. Jenkins, Robert G. McLusky, P. Nathan Bowles, Jr., William D. Wilmoth, Paul E. Frampton, and David J. Laurent. This seminar is accredited for 9.5 WV MCLE credits. The seminar begins at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning and adjourns at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa (304-594-1111) has rooms available for Friday night only at a rate of $199 per night, without tax. Mention “WVCLE” to reserve a room in our block at this rate. If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or call (304) 293-7255.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 – WVCLE ETHICS SEMINAR – SPACE AND TICKETS AVAILABLE!
WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present the “Ethics” seminar on September 1, 2012, at the WVU College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia. Speakers include: Robert H. Davis and Lonnie C. Simmons. Our experts will address the following topics: Ethics and Malpractice Compliant Avoidance and 50 Shades of Grey: Murky Ethical Issues Faced by Lawyers on a Daily Basis. This seminar is accredited for 3.0 WV MCLE credits, including 3.0 Ethics credits. The seminar begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and adjourns at 11:00 a.m. The Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa (304-594-1111) has rooms available for Friday night only at a rate of $199 per night, tax not included. Mention “WVCLE” to reserve a room in our block at this rate. If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, pleaseCLICK HERE or call (304) 293-7255.
SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2012 – WVCLE INSURANCE LAW SEMINAR
WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present the “Insurance Law” seminar on September 21-22, 2012, live at the WVU College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia. Speakers include: Professor Thomas C. Cady, Ancil G. Ramey, Vincent J. King, John J. Polak, Eric J. Hulett, Cheryl A. Fisher, Paul K. Reese, John R. McGhee, Erika Klie Kolenich, Thomas J. Hurney, and Burke A. Christensen. This seminar is accredited for 9.6 WV MCLE credits, including 1.2 Ethics credits. The seminar begins at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning and adjourns at 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning. If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or call (304) 293-7255.
OCTOBER 23, 2012 – TRI-STATE TAX INSTITUTE
The 55th annual tax seminar sponsored by the Tri-State Tax Institute and Wheeling Jesuit University will be held on October 23, 2012 on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling. Our featured presentation this year is Jeffrey Wright, tax leader in the oil and gas industry practice of Deloitte & Touche’s Houston, Texas office, speaking on Oil and Gas Tax Considerations from the Landowner’s Perspective. Other topics include Creative Charitable Planning with Non-Cash Assets, Economic Update, Ethics, and Income Tax Legislation Update. For additional information on the program and to register click here. If you have questions, contact Cathy Rector at Wheeling Jesuit University at email@example.com. You may also contact Robert J. Krall, Esq., Chairman of the Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-242-2300. CLE credits are approved for West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, including an hour of ethics credit.
SAVE THE DATE
Court-Approved GAL Training-Trainings for guardians ad litem (GALs) in family court and child abuse/neglect cases will take place onNovember 14, 2012, at the Charleston Marriott and November 16, 2012, at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. Sponsored by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the trainings will meet the new guidelines for family court GALs under the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Family Court, as well as the new training requirement for child abuse/neglect GALs/children’s attorneys under W.Va. Code §49-6-2(a). Registration information will be available this summer.