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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 hereNominations 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 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.

UPDATE ON MARCELLUS SHALE & ITS DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR – Space Still Available!  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, 3.0 VA MCLE credits, 2.75 OH MCLE credits, 2.75 KY MCLE credits, and 2.5 PA 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

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.

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 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 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 Complete instructions will be available in the Request for Proposals Narrative Instruction. Please refer to for filing dates and submission requirements. Please email inquiries pertaining to the LSC competitive grants process to

Calling all former SBA Presidents and members!  The WVU College of Law SBA is seeking to compile contact information for all past SBA presidents and members ahead of a special recognition event this fall (details to come). Please send your name, class year, positions, phone, and email to SBA President Shane Wilson