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.
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