November 9, 2021

The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble at Martinsburg, West Virginia, is due to expire on June 2, 2022. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight (8) year term. The duties of a magistrate judge in this Court include, but are not limited to, the following: 1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; 2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; 3) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings upon delegation from the judges of the district court; and 4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the Court and should be placed in an envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL” and directed to Cheryl Dean Riley, Clerk of Court, U.S. District Court, 1125 Chapline Street, P.O. Box 471, Wheeling WV 26003. Comments must be received by November 15, 2021.   
Veterans & Military Affairs 2021 Annual CLE
Live In-Person at State Bar Center and via Live Webinar
November 10, 2021 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Host:  The West Virginia State Bar's Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.
CLE:   3 general credits
Location: State Bar Center "Live In-Person" and "Live Virtual" Zoom Webinar
Speakers:  Victoria Gorby, Dustin Holbrook, Amanda Rayburn, Nicholas W. Leftwich,
and Judge Jennifer Bailey
Topics:  Effective Representation of Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) claims; Earlier Effective Date Buffet; Justice Outreach Program Overview and Services; and Veterans Treatment Court 101.

View From the Bench
The Court Improvement Program
November 12, 2021 at Noon via WebEx
The Court Improvement Program of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia invites you to join a panel discussion featuring the Honorable Steven Redding of the 23rd Judicial Circuit, the Honorable Anita Harold Ashley of the 5th Judicial Circuit, and the Honorable James Courrier, Jr. of the 21st Judicial Circuit. The focus of the training will be on judicial perspectives and expectations in abuse and neglect matters, and live questions from participants will be encouraged.
CLE: 1 credit
Location: Virtual
WV CourtPLUS/E-File System Training

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is pleased to announce that Fayette County will be the next county to join the WV E-File/CourtPLUS system, on November 29, 2021. Attorneys and staff are invited to join one of the training seminars listed below. Attorneys will be granted 1.0 Ethics/Office Management CLE credit upon completion of the online course. Please Note: Training sessions are online webinars only.


Click Here to register for Wednesday, November 17, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Click Here to register for Thursday, November 18, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Click Here to register for Friday, November 19, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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.