July 27, 2021
It is time to complete reporting and pay fees for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The deadline for reporting and paying fees is on or before midnight, September 1, 2021. To complete the reporting process go to https://wvbar.org/2021-22/ and click on the Membership Reporting and fees 2021-2022 tab.

The time schedule to follow on Keller issues is available on the State Bar’s website or  Click here for Keller Notice . If any member has questions concerning this matter, please contact Anita Casey at The West Virginia State Bar at 304-553-7228 or by email at casey@wvbar.org.  
Challenges should be directed to Executive Director Anita Casey and may be submitted by mail: 2000 Deitrick Blvd., Charleston, WV 25311 or email: casey@wvbar.org
"Tuesday Legal Connect" Needs Your Help
The State Bar is in need of volunteer attorneys for all Tuesday evenings In August 2021 to field legal questions from the public as part of the "Tuesday Legal Connect" program. Volunteers from anywhere in the state can now work remotely from their home, office etc. All you need is a telephone and a computer/laptop/tablet!  
If you would be interested in helping in August, please email Vanessa Beam at vbeam@lawv.net as soon as possible. 
The WVU College of Law has made publicly available access to an electronic version of
Professor Robert Bastress’s textbook, “Cases and Materials on West Virginia Constitutional
Law.” A traditional law school casebook, it offers research inroads through edited cases and notes into all aspects of the State’s constitutional law. In addition to chapters arranged by constitutional subject matters, the book includes the Constitution’s text, an essay on WV’s constitutional history, and a bibliography. It is current as of January, 2021.
The textbook can be accessed by going to https://researchrepository.wvu.edu/law-books/1
There is also a link to the book on Professor Bastress’s faculty webpage.
The WV DMV is currently unable to process requests for Bar ID cards due to an upgrade of their system. The online system has been taken offline and will be offline until further notice. The State Bar and DOT/DMV has developed a temporary solution. Until the online service can be reestablished, please follow the following steps to obtain your Bar ID card:

Attorney - To request a State Bar Photo ID Card from the DMV
  1. Login to  www.mywvbar.org/bar-id-card;
  2. Click on the “View and Print your Membership Record” link;
  3. Print the “attorney profile” page;
  4. Call the DMV Driver’s Help Desk at 304-926-2508. The DMV Help Desk will assign a photo card number;
  5. The DMV Help Desk will communicate the assigned “photo card number” to you (You will need this number when visiting a DMV Regional Office. Note: Your photo card number is not the same as your State Bar number);
  6. The Help Desk will guide you to the closest DMV Regional Office to have your photo taken for your Bar Photo ID Card;
  7. Take the print out referenced above "attorney profile" and your driver’s license with you to a DMV Regional Office.
**The attorney will visit a Regional Office after speaking with the DMV Help Desk and receiving a photo card number. The DMV will charge $25 fee per card.** State Bar Photo ID Cards will not be given out the same day. Once your photo is taken and the registration process is completed at the DMV you will receive your card in the mail within 10-14 business days.
State Bar staff continues to work with DOT and DMV to get the Bar ID card issue corrected. Continue to watching the Bar Blast for updated information.
Back to Basics: Abuse and Neglect Proceedings 102
Lunch-time training for attorneys, social workers, educators, providers, and any member of the M.D.T.

Cross Training Continuing Education opportunities for the
WV Court Improvement Program

July 27, 2021 @ noon: One Child One Plan- Services from AETNA Mountain Health Promise
Attorney CLE: 1 credit (CEU pending)

To register, please go to:
Or contact Kandi Greter at kandi.greter@courtswv.gov

The West Virginia State Bar
Eliminating Obstacles in Mediation with Effective Communication
July 29, 2021
Location:  Bridgeport Conference Center, Bridgeport, WV
Host: State Bar ADR Committee
Cost: $100.00
A block of rooms was reserved for the night of July 28 at the Bridgeport Wingate Inn at the discounted rate.  The cut-off date to reserve a room at the reduced rate was July 15. Rooms went to full rate July 15.  
SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 (9:00 a.m to Noon)
Dealing with Discovery Issues Involving Psychiatric Records and Treatment for Both Civil and Criminal Plaintiffs and Defendants

Location:  Webinar
Host: State Bar
CLE: 3 credits (pending)

More Information coming soon
CLE Announcements
Temporary Waiver of Online and In-house
Continuing Legal Education Credit Limit

Due to ongoing concerns associated with the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has granted a request from the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a temporary waiver of current CLE rules and regulations which limit the CLE credits for online and in-house credits to 12 credits, or half of the mandatory continuing legal education requirements FOR THE 2020-2022 reporting period.

Extension of the Bridge the Gap Requirement
Attorneys admitted to the WV State Bar between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2020 have been granted a one-year extension of time to complete the mandatory Bridge-the-Gap Program.
The extension was based on a determination by the Court that attorneys within that time frame were adversely affected by the cancellation of the Bridge-the-Gap program scheduled in April 2020 due to COVID.