June 29, 2021
News
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP REPORTING & FEE NOTICE
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.
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KELLER NOTICE TO STATE BAR MEMBERS
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
Social Security Committee Vacancy
The Social Security Committee of the West Virginia State Bar is open to lawyers who represent claimants applying for disability benefits before the Social Security Administration. The Committee meets on a regular basis to discuss changes in the rules and regulations governing the disability process. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact David Pence at David@ZerbePence.com by July 14, 2021
24th Family Court Circuit Vacancy
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 24th Family Court Circuit serving Berkeley and Jefferson Counties. Candidates must submit their completed applications and letters of recommendation or comment no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 7, 2021. Applications and instructions are available on the Governor’s website. For more information about the application process, please call Manda Bickoff at 304-558-2000. Interviews will be held on July 23rd in Charleston, WV.  
27th Judicial Circuit Vacancy
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is currently receiving applications to fill the judicial vacancy on the 27th Judicial Court Circuit serving Wyoming County. Candidates must submit their completed applications and letters of recommendation or comment no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 7, 2021. Applications and instructions are available on the Governor’s website. For more information about the application process, please call Manda Bickoff at 304-558-2000. Interviews will be held on July 23rd in Charleston, WV.
NOTICE
On July 19, 2021, the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia is scheduled to “go live” with the Next Generation of CM/ ECF (“NextGen”), the latest iteration of the national case management and electronic case filing system. All CM/ECF filing attorneys must take steps to continue to file electronically in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia on or after July 19, 2021Filers will use one singular username/password (aka Central Sign-On) to access PACER to electronically file documents in our CM/ECF system. Attorneys are encouraged to visit the Court’s website at https://www.wvnd.uscourts.gov/nextgen to determine whether they are prepared for NextGen.

Events
Hot Topics in Family Law and Evictions
Live and via Video Conference
July 21, 2021
Host:   Legal Outreach Committee of the West Virginia State Bar
Location: West Virginia Bar Conference Center - Charleston, WV and via video conference.
Date and Time: July 21, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
CLE: 3 credits
Speakers/Topics: Family Court Circuit Judges, Patricia A. Keller, 6th Circuit, and Deanna R. Rock, 23rd Circuit will lead a discussion on recent changes in family law and recent case law. Followed by Katheryn E. Marcum and Susana Campos Duarte's presentation on eviction and housing issues.

The Bar Conference Center is open for 35 participants who are fully vaccinated or agree to comply with CDC face mask requirements. All others may participate via the webinar.

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Attention: The seminar will be held in the new lower level conference room. If you are unable to use the stairs from the first floor to the lower level, please drive down the driveway on the far side of the Bar Center and enter the building at the bottom of the driveway. There are also handicap accessible restrooms available. If you need other assistance, please contact the State Bar at 304-553-7220 in advance of the meeting so arrangements can be made to accommodate you.  

Bridge the Gap Program
July 23, 2021
Rescheduled from our Spring event
 
Host: West Virginia State Bar Young Lawyer Section Bridge the Gap Program
About: Each new lawyer admitted to practice after July 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020 will have thirty-six months after their date of admission to complete the program. All new lawyers admitted on or after January 1, 2021 will have twenty-four months after their date of admission to complete the program.
Location: The Summit Bechtel Reserve – Glen Jean, West Virginia
Date and Time: July 23, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free


The Summit Bechtel has rooms available for the night of July 22. The cut-off date for reservations is June 30. Reservations may be made by contacting Curtis George at Curtis.george@scouting.orgPlease reference BTG2021 when making your reservation. Room rates are $125 for a king or queen room or $140 for a room with two queen beds and a sofa.  *

Only attorneys admitted after July 1, 2018 OR attorneys admitted prior to July 1, 2018, who have not previously completed the Bridge the Gap requirements, may attend the live course and satisfy the mandatory Bridge the Gap requirements.

View information on the outdoor recreational activities available to those attending the program and their guest by clicking here.

Last day to register for the Bridge the Gap Program is July 14, 2021.



The West Virginia State Bar
ADVANCED MEDIATION TRAINING
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 has been reserved for the night of July 28 at the Bridgeport Wingate Inn at the discounted rate of $96.00 plus taxes & fees. To receive the discounted rate, call reservations at 304-808-1000, inform the hotel that you are attending the WV State Bar's event, and reference block code 072821WVS when making your reservation.  The cut-off date to reserve a room at the reduced rate is July 15. Rooms will be released and go to full rate after July 15.  
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.