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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.

WEST VIRGINIA STATE BAR ABA REPRESENTATIVE – At its meeting of January 13, 2012, The West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors modified the policy, which has been in effect for the past several years, of naming the Immediate Past President as the State Bar’s ABA Representative. The Board of Governors was of the opinion that it was in the best interest of the Bar to allow an individual to remain in the ABA Representative position for a period in excess of one year. Effective in 2012, any Past President of The West Virginia State Bar is eligible to self-nominate or to be nominated to serve as The State Bar’s ABA Representative for a term of three years. The individual may be elected to serve one additional, successive, three year term. Before nominating a Past President, that individual must be contacted to confirm that he/she will accept the nomination, if selected by the Board of Governors. Nominations for ABA State Bar Representative should be submitted to Anita R. Casey no later than April 4, 2012, in order to appear on The State Bar Board of Governors’ agenda of April 19, 2012. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Tish Chafin at 304-234-2221, Dan Callaghan at or 304-872-6050 or Nick Casey at or 304-345-2000.

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

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, 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 or 304-558-6000.

HEARING EXAMINERS NEEDED – The West Virginia Board of Medicine, a state agency, is seeking experienced attorneys to serve as Hearing Examiners on a contract basis from July 1, 2012 – June 2013.

Hearing Examiners are paid on an hourly basis for conducting hearings in Charleston and preparing proposed Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Recommended Decisions which conform to the West Virginia Medical Practice Act and implementing rules and the Administrative Procedures Act.  Applicants should have at least 10 years of experience in administrative law and/or litigation and must be available as needed during the term of the contract.  Applicants must comply with the Code of Conduct for Administrative Law Judges.

Resumes must be submitted no later than April 30, 2012, to Robert C. Knittle, West Virginia Board of Medicine, 101 Dee Drive, Suite 103, Charleston, WV 25311; Robert.C.

SAVE THE DATE! EMERGING HEALTH CARE ISSUES – MAY 31, 2012– WVCLE, sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the WVU College of Law, will present “Emerging Health Care Issues” seminar onMay 31, 2012, live at the WVU Medical Center – Charleston Division in West Virginia. Speakers include: Thomas J. Hurney, Jr., Esquire; Briana J. Marino, Esquire; David A. Stackpole, Esquire; Robert J. O’Neil, Vice President and General Counsel of WVU Healthcare; Walter L. Williams, Esquire; Alaina N. Crislip, Esquire; Andrea J. Hinerman, Esquire, and Charles M. Johnson, Esquire. This seminar is accredited for 7.5 WV MCLE credits, including 1.2 Ethics credits. This seminar begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday morning and adjourns at 5:00 p.m. If you would like to register for this seminar or for more information, please CLICK HERE or dial (304) 293-7255.