December 6, 2022

The West Virginia State Bar is seeking candidates for the position of Commissioner of the Legislative Claims Commission. The State Bar Board of Governors will nominate three (3) lawyers and will submit these names to the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate for appointment to the Claims Commission. The term is for six (6) years. A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience as a licensed attorney is required. A full description of qualifications can be found in W.Va. Code Section 14-2-4 and 14-2-10, and compensation is provided for in W. Va. Code Section 14-2-8. This position involves hearing and deciding claims filed against state agencies and the Crime Victims Compensation Fund. The main offices of the Claims Commission are at the State Capitol with travel to other parts of the state for hearings. Some administrative law, mediation, or other judicial experience would be beneficial.

If you qualify for appointment, and would like to be considered for nomination, please send your resume, with any supporting information and/or letters of reference, to Mary Jane Pickens, Executive Director, The West Virginia State Bar, 2000 Deitrick Blvd., Charleston, WV 25311 or [email protected]Nominations must be received by December 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
CLE Rule Spotlight
Publication Credit
Attorneys can earn Publication CLE credit per Administrative Rule 6.05(e) for such works as publishing an article in the law review of an ABA-accredited school or the State Bar magazine; authorship of a legal book; contributions to a legal society’s annual collection or publication of an article in a state bar journal or newsletters for specialists.  Requests are submitted via the Publication Credit option on the online member portal. The required fields of information regarding the publication must be submitted (outlined in Rule 6.09(l)) along with a copy of the published work. If the publication is lengthy or unavailable in digital format it can be mailed to the State Bar. The CLE Commission determines the number of publication credits to be allocated and the year of publication determines the applicable reporting period. Please note that a published work must have a distribution to at least 300 attorneys to qualify for publication credit and it must be an original work. A maximum of 12 publication credits per 2-year reporting period may be obtained. 
December 8, 2022
Protecting the Public: Civil Rights Enforcement in West Virginia – FREE CLE
(Live In-person Only)
SPONSOR: United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia
LOCATION: Temple Shalom, 23 Bethany Pike Hwy, Wheeling, WV
COST: Free
TIME: 9:00 AM to 12:40 PM
This CLE is free and open to the public. The “Protecting the Public: Federal Civil Rights Enforcement in West Virginia” event is intended to educate members of the legal community about federal civil rights enforcement. Attendees will be provided information about how to identify, report, and prevent hate crimes. Further, the statutory mechanics of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) will be explained and attendees will learn how to file complaints and obtain damages for persons suffering discrimination in housing.  An overview of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) will also be provided and will include tips for filing an ADA complaint. Lastly, a panel discussion about civil rights litigation in West Virginia will be held. 
March 2-5, 2023
Hosts: West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia & Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Programs Location: Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia
CLE: Pending