In addition to upgrading its physical facility, to better meet the needs of its members for conference, seminar, deposition and meeting space, The State Bar has been making some key technology changes.
New computer hardware will allow the staff to stay current with the newest programs and provide a more secure environment for your information.
New Web Membership Portal will provide access to essential Bar services through your web browser. Payment of State Bar Membership fees and CLE, FRD and IOLTA compliance reporting will all be done electronically. Payments can be made by credit card, e-check and ACH transfers.
Lawyer Referral Service will be handled electronically so the public can search by zip code or county, on a 24 hour basis, for referrals to attorneys in specific practice areas and in particular locations throughout the State. Links to participating attorney websites will provide advertising opportunities to participating attorneys at no additional cost to that attorney.
New Internet Service Provider provides internet connections at dramatic speed for faster assistance of our members and with greater security.
The administration and staff of the State Bar greatly appreciate your patience as we transition our new administrative systems. If you have questions or concerns, or need assistance maneuvering the current, and future, technology changes, please contact Mike Mellace at Mellacem@wvbar.org.
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.
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.
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