April 19, 2022
Thank you to the 2022 Annual Meeting Sponsors
News
Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to 
Rules 4 and 9 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure
On April 7, 2022, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia entered an order requesting public comment on proposed amendments to Rules 4 and 9 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure. The proposed amendments would allow for a charging document to be attached to a warrant or summons in place of a description of the charging document in the warrant or summons  Comments must be filed in writing with the Clerk of the Court on or before May 9, 2022.

Lawyer Well-Being Survey

Dear Legal Professional,
 
The West Virginia Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being is conducting an online survey of legal professionals in our state. The results will assist the Supreme Court of Appeals and the State Bar as we seek to better serve the legal community. The survey is completely confidential and will take only 5-10 minutes to complete.
 
Please join me in participating in the 2022 West Virginia Lawyer Well-Being Survey. Thank you for assisting the Task Force with this important work.
 
Justice Beth Walker, Chair
West Virginia Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being

The survey closes on May 10, 2022. Questions contact Shawnette D'Arco at darco@wvjlap.org or 304-553-7232
 
2022 West Virginia Lawyer
Well-Being Survey
UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION
The State Bar will be mailing orange postcard reminders regarding membership reporting and fees in June for the July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023 fiscal year. Please be sure to log into the membership portal and verify or update your contact information (Bylaw 2.02 (b)) by JUNE 1.
Information that you will need to verify or update include:
  1. Name of Employer (If sole practitioner, enter the sole practitioner’s name)
  2.  Address of Principal Place of Business
  3. Telephone and Fax Numbers
  4. Email Address
  5. Financial Responsibility Disclosure (FRD) (Bylaw 4.01 and Rule 4.01)
  6. IOLTA Account Information (Rule 10). Your IOLTA account should be titled: “Attorney or Firm name, IOLTA Account.” (Rule 10.05 (f)). IMPORTANT NOTICE: If your IOLTA account has any reference to the West Virginia Bar Foundation or the West Virginia State Bar, please take immediate action with your financial institution to have the reference removed.
Interest in Creation of and Participation in a State Bar Government Lawyers Subcommittee
The State Bar Government Lawyers Committee is creating a subcommittee of administrative law judges (ALJ). The ALJ Subcommittee will convene an introductory meeting on April 26, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. at the WV State Bar Center and via Zoom. All members of the bar, current and former, active or retired ALJs, who serve as ALJs, hearing examiners, hearing officers, or other like positions, are invited to attend.

Questions contact Joan Parker at 304-558-2616 or c.joan.parker@wv.gov.
2022 State Bar Membership Directory Pre-Order
The paper edition of the West Virginia State Bar 2022 Membership Directory is available.
CLE
THE JUNE 30, 2022 CLE DEADLINE IS APPROACHING! 
Here is What You Need to Know
 
The reporting period for 2020-2022 ends on June 30, 2022. There will be NO extensions of the CLE reporting period. Under the current suspension process, all CLE credits must be completed AND reported on your CLE transcript by July 31, 2022 to avoid penalty. The late fee for reporting CLE credits has been increased to $200. There is an additional $200 reinstatement fee if you are suspended for CLE non-compliance. The suspension process will begin promptly after all required notices are sent to non-compliant attorneys. All CLE credits for this reporting period may be completed by an on-line means if necessary. 
 
If you have question regarding your CLE credits, email your specific question to Angie Volk at volka@wvbar.org.

Please CLICK HERE for additional information regarding FREE online CLE opportunities, confirmation of pending CLE credits and CLE requirements.

Confirmation of CLE Credits for Annual Meeting
and Bridge The Gap

If you attended the State Bar Annual Meeting or Bridge the Gap on April 11, 2022 and did not receive a confirmation email to confirm your CLE credits please follow these instructions to report the CLE credit for the course to your CLE transcript.
  • Log in to the member portal at mywvbar.org.
  • Go the CLE tab
  • Choose the Submit Credit option
  • Click on the “Current Reporting Period July 1, 2020-June 20, 2022” blue hyperlink
  • Select the Approved Course option
  • Type in the CLE provider name (ex. West Virginia State Bar) in the CLE Provider Name box and click on Apply
  • When CLE provider name appears on the list, click on the blue hyperlink for that provider that says “View Courses”
  • Find the course that you attended from the list of approved courses (there are search boxes at the top of the screen you can use or you can scroll through the list). Click on the blue “Add Course” hyperlink for the correct course.
  • Complete the attestation form. Please note: the maximum number of credits approved for the course autofills the form – if you did not attend the entire course you need to reduce the number of credits accordingly.
  • Click on “Submit MCLE information” at the bottom of the attestation form and the course is added to your CLE transcript. 

Please note that full attendance at the State Bar Annual Meeting CLE is worth 6 credits including one credit in law office management (ethics).
Events
Wirt County Going Live in the WV CourtPLUS/E-File System

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is pleased to announce that Wirt County is now live, in the WV E-File / CourtPLUS system, beginning April 18, 2022. Electronic filing in an Active County is mandatory per Trial Court Rule 15A. Attorneys and staff are invited to view the recorded training seminar via the link below. Attorneys will be granted 1 CLE credit, including 1.0 Ethics/Office Management credit upon completion of the online course. Please Note: Training sessions completed via the recorded seminar are Online/Audio Visual (Pre-Recorded) CLE credit only. This training session is not eligible for Live Attendance CLE credit.

April 21, 2022
The Mountaineer Health Care Fraud Symposium – FREE CLE
(Live In-person and Virtual)

SPONSOR: United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia
LOCATION: WVU College of Law – Marilyn E. Lugar Courtroom and simultaneous virtual option
CLE: 4.8 CREDITS
COST: Free
TIME: 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
REGISTRATION: To register email usawvn.registration@usdoj.gov
This CLE is free and open to the public. The Mountaineer Health Care Fraud Symposium is intended to educate members of the legal community about health care fraud. Panel discussions with members of the public and private sector will explore the different methods of identifying, reporting, and combatting health care fraud. Assistant United States Attorneys from the Northern District of West Virginia will explain the statutory mechanics of filing a Qui Tam complaint pursuant to the False Claims Act, 31 USC §§ 3279-3733. This presentation will address the rights “Whistleblowers” have under the False Claims Act and the mandatory procedures that must be followed when pursuing such a Complaint in West Virginia. Lastly, examples of civil and criminal health care fraud proceedings will be illustrated through separate case studies.


WV Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner
April 21, 2022 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Host:   WV Bar Foundation
Location: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Charleston, WV
Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations--(304) 444-0181 or tom@wvbarfoundation.org
April 22, 2022 - Noon
Mountain Health Promise
Court Improvement Program Webinar
 
Hosts: Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia - Court Improvement Program
LocationWebEx
CLE: 1 credit
Cost: Free
Speakers: AETNA Better Health of West Virginia. Kathy Szafran and Mark “Tyler” Kennedy will present on Mountain Health Promise.
  • The MHP program serves specialized managed care for children and youth. Mountain Health Promise assists children in foster care, kinship care and adoptive care. Aetna Better Health of West Virginia is the single managed care organization for MHP. Members eligible for the Children with Serious Emotional Disorder Waiver (CSEDW) are automatically enrolled with Aetna Better Health of West Virginia. There are approximately 23,574 children enrolled in Mountain Health Promise.” 

Questions contact Kandi Greter, kandi.greter@courtswv.gov or 304-340-2755
 
Juvenile Law Boot Camp
Public Defender Services
Five session beginning April 26, 2022
Host:   Public Defender Services
Location: Virtual
CLE: 8 CLE credits for each of the five sessions (for possible 40 CLE credits if all sessions are attended)
Session Dates:
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2022
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022
  • Thursday, May 12, 2022
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each session
Cost: Free
2022 Real Estate Conference
(Live In-person and Webinar)
Sponsor: The West Virginia Bar Association
Location: Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV and a simultaneous Zoom option
CLE: WV - 9.0 hours, including 1.2 ethics. Applied for OH, PA, & KY.
Speakers: Hampton Rose, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC; Christopher J. Winton, Ray, Winton & Kelley, PLLC; Andrea McCardle, Old Republic National Title Insurance; Jesse Richardson, WVU College of Law; John Bsharah and Mark Sadd, Lewis Glasser PLLC; Claudia Kiernan, Fidelity National Financial; John Casaldi, First American Title Insurance Company; Robert Albury, WV Judicial & Lawyer Assistance Program; Anna Ziegler, Ziegler and Ziegler, LC; Matthew Leonard, Pill & Pill, PLLC; Jason Wandling, WV Department of Environmental Protection.

Learn about the new probate options for small estates and how it affects real estate; title searches, technology trends, and practice pointers in today’s digital age; new updates in short-term rentals; current issues in the world of common interest ownership; 1031 exchanges; title industry update; and an ethics update. Also, a Real Estate Roundtable, where experts will present a micro-topic and lead further discussion with the audience.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Tessa White at director@wvbarassociation.org.
Lincoln County Going Live in the WV CourtPLUS/E-File System
May 9, 2022

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is pleased to announce that Lincoln County will become the next Active County in the WV E-File / CourtPLUS system, on May 9, 2022. Electronic filing in an Active County is mandatory per Trial Court Rule 15A. Attorneys and staff are invited to view the recorded training seminar via the link below. Attorneys will be granted 1 CLE credit, including 1.0 Ethics/Office Management credit upon completion of the online course. Please Note: Training sessions completed via the recorded seminar are Online/Audio Visual (Pre-Recorded) CLE credit only. This training session is not eligible for Live Attendance CLE credit.

May 18, 2022 - 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Intellectual Property (Live In-person and Webinar)
Trademark Procedure, Before & After the Application and Registration

Host: State Bar Intellectual Property Committee
CLE:  3 credits
Location: In-person at the State Bar Center, Large Lower Level Conference Room, Charleston or via video conference.
Cost: Free
Speakers: More information coming
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.



Facility Details:  Due to limited capacity for live attendance at the State Bar Center, live registration is limited to the first 35 fully vaccinated registrants. Attendance via webinar is also limited to the first 500 registrants. There is an increased interest in attending webinars as the end of the 2020-22 reporting period approaches; therefore, you are encouraged to register early to secure a link to attend virtually. All attendees, whether in person or virtual, will receive an email confirming registration. If you do not receive a confirmation of registration, you will not be able to participate in the seminar on the day of presentation.  
 
Note to those attending in person: If you are unable to use the stairs from the first floor to the lower level, please drive down the driveway on the left-side of the Bar Center and enter the building at the bottom of the driveway. Handicap accessible restrooms are available. If you need other assistance, please contact the State Bar 304-553-7220, in advance of the meeting, so arrangements can be made.
May 19, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2022 Financial & Estate Planning Seminar
Sponsors:  WV Bankers Association, the WV Society of CPAs, and the WV State Bar Probate Law Committee
Location: Edgewood Country Club, Charleston, WV
CLE: 8.4 credits
Cost: $250.00


Please e-mail Jennifer Willits at jgwillits@summitfgi.com register for reception & dinner- cost is $75 per person.  
May 19, 2022 - 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Government Lawyers Committee
Art Walk Reception

Please join the Government Lawyers Committee at our first post-pandemic reception for all state bar members and their guests on Thursday, May 19th from 5:00 until 7:30 p.m. at the offices of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown and Poe, 901 Quarrier Street, downtown Charleston. Art Walk will be occurring at the same time. We will be entertained by awesome and festive steel drum music provided by the group from St. Marks United Methodist Church. There will be a Mexican buffet, beer, wine, sangria and soda provided. If you wish to display a few pieces of artwork you have created, please contact Martha Hill at 304-610-1903 so we know you will be showing some of your artwork. You must bring what is needed to display your work. Please join us as we gather to greet old friends and make new ones.
Bankruptcy Bootcamp - May 19, 2022
and
West Virginia Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Seminar - May 20, 2022

Host: U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
and State Bar Bankruptcy Law Committee
CLE: 
  • May 19 Bootcamp -- 4 credits
  • May 20 Seminar -- 8 credits including 3 possible ethics credits
Location:
  • May 19 Bootcamp - In-person (limited to 35)at the State Bar Center, Lower Level Conference Room, Charleston and via Zoom (limited to 500)
  • May 20 Seminar - In-person only (limited to 200) at the Embassy Suites, Charleston
Cost:
  • May 19 Bootcamp - Free in-person and zoom (attorneys and staff)
  • May 20 Seminar - $150 for attorneys and staff



State Bar Facility Details:  Due to limited capacity for live attendance at the State Bar Center, live registration is limited to the first 35 fully vaccinated registrants. Attendance via webinar is also limited to the first 500 registrants. There is an increased interest in attending webinars as the end of the 2020-22 reporting period approaches; therefore, you are encouraged to register early to secure a link to attend virtually. All attendees, whether in person or virtual, will receive an email confirming registration. If you do not receive a confirmation of registration, you will not be able to participate in the seminar on the day of presentation.  
 
Note to those attending in person: If you are unable to use the stairs from the first floor to the lower level, please drive down the driveway on the left-side of the Bar Center and enter the building at the bottom of the driveway. Handicap accessible restrooms are available. If you need other assistance, please contact the State Bar 304-553-7220, in advance of the meeting, so arrangements can be made.
 May 20-22, 2022
WVJLAP ANNUAL CONFERENCE & RETREAT
2022 Wellness Weekend
 
Host: West Virginia Judicial & Lawyer Assistance Program
CLE: 5.2 CLE credits
Cost: $150.00 CLE & Banquet (See registration for optional costs)
Location:  Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV

A block of rooms have been reserved at Stonewall Resort. The group rate cutoff date is April 20, 2022.

 
 

JUNE 1, 2022
Basic Mediation Training
Flatwoods, WV

Host: State Bar ADR Committee
CLE: 7.6 credits
Location: Flatwoods Days Inn and Suites and Flatwoods Conference Center, 350 Days Drive, Sutton, WV
 
A block of rooms have been reserved at the Flatwoods Days Inn & Suites at the discounted rate of $99.00 plus and taxes and fees. To receive the discounted rate, inform the hotel that you are attending the WV State Bar's event when making your reservation. The reservation contact number is 304-765-5055.  

 
Information on the Advanced Mediation Training coming soon.