SAVE THE DATE – The State Bar’s Annual Meeting will be held April 20 & 21, 2012 in Wheeling at Oglebay Resort. There will be 12 hours of CLE available, including 6 hours in ethics, substance abuse and law office management. Click here for registration information. Click herefor the agenda.
Citizen Soldier Nominations Open – The 2012 Citizen Soldier Award will be presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of The West Virginia State Bar at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W.Va., on April 20, 2012. To obtain information regarding the awards process click here. Nominations are due April 2, 2012.
Young Lawyer of the Year Nominations Open – The 2012 Young Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of The West Virginia State Bar at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W.Va., on April 20, 2012. To obtain information regarding the awards processclick here. Nominations are due April 2, 2012.
2012 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY – The 2012 version of the membership directory is now available. The directory is a digital .PDF file that can be saved to your computer. As a service to our members, this version of the directory is only available through the member login. Information available to the public remains unchanged (does not include member email addresses) under the Public Information tab on the website. If you want a printed copy of the directory, you can download it from your computer or you may purchase a bound copy from Legal Directories Publishing Company. To access the directory log into your account at https://wvbar.org/members/login.aspx and click on Membership Directory. You will be able to view instructions on how to download and navigate through the directory. To order a printed directory click here for an order form.
PRO BONO REFERRAL PROJECT’S 2011 FIRM OF THE YEAR AWARD – The Pro Bono Referral Project will present the 2011 Firm of the Year award to the West Virginia law firm that donated the greatest number of pro bono service hours during the year at this year’s West Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting. If your firm and its attorneys have demonstrated a commitment to volunteer legal services through pro bono activities in 2011 and would like to be considered for the 2011 Firm of the Year Award, please report the number of hours worked, the organization for which the work was done and the type of work performed to Diane Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-623-6649, ext. 2315 by Friday, March 16, 2012. Pro Bono work does not have to be done through the Pro Bono Referral Project to be counted. Please contact Ms. Young with any questions.
UPDATE ON MARCELLUS SHALE & ITS DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR – MARCH 21, 2012 – WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present “Update on Marcellus Shale & Its Development” seminar on March 21, 2012, live at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia. Speakers include: Kenneth E. Tawney, Esquire; James W. Crews, Esquire, and J. Thomas Lane, Esquire. This seminar is accredited for 3.4 WV MCLE credits. This seminar begins at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon and adjourns at 3:00 p.m. This seminar is being held in conjunction with the West Virginia Manufacturing Association’s “M 2M Ethane Development Conference”, which is separate from this program. If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or dial (304) 293-7255.
CRIMINAL LAW COMMITTEE MEETING OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE STATE BAR – The West Virginia State Bar’s Criminal Law Committee will meet on April 6, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at the offices of Bailey & Glasser. There is no need to register for the meeting in advance. If you are unable to attend in person, you may call in, at no cost to you, by using the following number: 1469-941-0741 with the code 404-355-8148. If you have questions, please contactSandy Hanning at Bailey & Glasser, 209 Capitol Street, 304-345-6555 email@example.com.
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.
SAVE THE DATE!! – Mark your calendars for the 2012 Government Lawyers Committee Hot Topics CLE on June 21, 2012 at the WV Legislative House Chambers at the Capitol. Come join us for a day full of sessions addressing issues which affect federal, state, county, and city government attorneys. 2 hours of Ethics and Office Management CLE are pending approval.
LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION – Notice of Availability of Competitive – Grant Funds for Calendar Year 2013 – The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announces the availability of competitive grant funds to provide civil legal services to eligible clients during calendar year 2013. A Request for Proposals (RFP) and other information pertaining to the LSC grants competition will be available fromwww.grants.lsc.gov during the week of April 9, 2012. In accordance with LSC’s multiyear funding policy, grants are available for only specified service areas. To review the service areas for which competi tive grants are available, by state, go to www.grants.lsc.gov/about-grants/where-we-fund and click on the name of the state. A full list of all service areas in competition will also be posted on that page.
Applicants must file a Notice of Intent to Compete (NIC) through the online application system in order to participate in the competitive grants process. Information about LSC Grants funding, the application process, eligibility to apply for a grant, and how to file a NIC is available at www.grants.lsc.gov/about-grants. Complete instructions will be available in the Request for Proposals Narrative Instruction. Please refer to www.grants.lsc.gov for filing dates and submission requirements. Please email inquiries pertaining to the LSC competitive grants process to Competition@lsc.gov.
WEST VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE NOW OFFERS TEXT ALERTS – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office Now Offers “Text Alerts”. Sign up and receive alerts relating to West Virginia Code changes relating to business laws and business filing deadlines. To sign up, go to www.wvsos.com, click on the “text alert – sign up” at the top of the page and enter your ten digit mobile phone number and your cellular carrier. Then click Subscribe. You’ll get important information from our office delivered right to your cell phone. Please remember that standard text messaging rates apply and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you have questions, contact Penney Barker at PBarker@wvsos.com or 304-558-6000.
PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF OUR NEW ADDRESS -The West Virginia State Bar relocated its offices to 2000 Deitrick Boulevard, Charleston, WV 25311, effective December 8, 2011. Please make a note of our new address.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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