Bar Blast – September 12, 2023

Bar Blast – September 12, 2023

“Tuesday Legal Connect”

West Virginians Need Legal Information that YOU can provide!


The State Bar needs volunteer attorneys each Tuesday evening in October, to field legal questions from the public and provide legal information ONLY as part of the “Tuesday Legal Connect” program.


Volunteers from anywhere in the state can take calls remotely from their home, office, etc. All you need is a telephone and a computer/laptop/tablet.

For those in and around the Clarksburg area, there will be an “in person” option on October 17th and 24th. You are welcome to come to the Clarksburg Legal Aid office, have dinner at 5:30, and then take calls from 6-8.


Volunteers will receive 1 free pro-bono CLE credit for each two-hour shift completed. 


If you might be interested in helping in October, please email Barbara Layner as soon as possible at

The West Virginia Senior Legal Aid

Executive Director Position

The West Virginia Senior Legal Aid seeks applicants for the position of Executive Director. The position requires an attorney who will be responsible for directing a small staff and all aspects of the agency’s operations, maintaining the finances, and answering legal questions on the hotline for senior citizens. Salary is negotiable based on experience and the program’s finances. If interested, send inquiries and resumes to Bob Bastress, or P.O. Box 6130, Morgantown, WV 26506 by no later than September 15, 2023.

Legal Aid of West Virginia Needs Assessment 2023

Periodically, Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) conducts an assessment to evaluate the needs of our client community. This helps LAWV make decisions about the most important legal work we can do within the limited resources we have. LAWV is currently conducting this needs assessment process and is interested in hearing from you about your knowledge of our work along with areas of the law and types of cases we should prioritize. 


Please take a few minutes and respond to the survey linked below. Your candid responses based on first-hand experience will be invaluable in focusing LAWV’s mission, greatly impacting the clients we serve.


LAWV values your input and will use it in future decision-making related to LAWV services. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Legal Aid of West Virginia

The survey closes on Friday, September 29, 2023

CLE Rule Spotlight

Rule 6.07

Per Administrative Rule 6.07, there are requirements regarding returning to Active status, including completion and reporting of CLE. The steps for returning to Active status include (and should be completed in this order):

  • Twelve (12) credits of approved MCLE credit must be completed and reported, 3 credits of which must be in legal ethics, law office management, attorney well-being or elimination of bias in the legal profession. All 12 credits can be obtained by an online means if necessary and must be obtained in the 12 months immediately preceding the application to change to Active status.
  • Financial Responsibility Disclosure (FRD)/IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) compliance reporting must be completed online. 
  • A written request to switch to Active status must be submitted. Your request should be submitted online using the Status Change request form.
  • Once all of the above information is confirmed, the Active membership fee for the fiscal year you wish to return to active status must be paid. A payment link will be emailed to you for any balance due.

West Virginia Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law

Rule 8.0 of the West Virginia Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law establishes the process for Pro Hac Vice admission. The motion for Pro Hac Vice admission and accompanying verified statement must be uploaded with the State Bar, which the State Bar will then review for compliance with the rule. Rule 8.0(b) states that local counsel must “maintain an actual physical office equipped to conduct the practice of law in the State of West Virginia, which office is the primary location from which local counsel practice law on a daily basis.” The State Bar is frequently asked if an attorney, who holds a West Virginia license but is located in another state or jurisdiction, can be the sponsoring attorney. The answer is no. The sponsoring local counsel must be physically located in the West Virginia office.  

September 13, 2023

Energy and Environmental Law CLE

(Live In-person and Virtually)

Host:  WV State Bar’s Energy and Environmental Law Committee

Location:  The WV State Bar Center, Lower Level Conference Room, Charleston, and via video conference.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free

CLE: 3 credits

Facility Details:  Due to limited capacity for live attendance at the State Bar Center, live registration is limited to the first 35 registrants. Attendance via webinar is also limited to the first 500 registrants. 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 with you.

September 15, 2023

Twelfth Annual Lunch & Laughs With a Legal Legend

Host:  WV Bar Foundation

Location:  Erickson Alumni Center, Morgantown

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Cost: See registration link below

The West Virginia Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors invites members of the judiciary, the legal profession, and the general public to attend the Twelfth Annual Lunch & Laughs with a Legal Legend on Friday, September 15, 2023, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, beginning at 11:30 am.  This year’s honored guest will be WVU College of Law, Steptoe & Johnson Professor of Law & Technology, Marjorie A. McDiarmid.

September 21, 2023

The West Virginia Bar Association’s

4th Annual Estate Planning Institute


Host: WV State Bar Probate Law Committee and West Virginia Bar Association

CLE: 8.40 credits including 2.40 in ethics

Platform: Live & Virtual

Location: Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center in Charleston, West Virginia

Event Highlights: Join us for informative sessions on dispositive provisions, major planning for minors, handling the business of the estate, and more! Speakers include experts Chris Winton, J.E. White, Mark Kelley, Farhad Aghdami and E. William Harvit, and the ever-popular ethics and practice panel discussion with Joshua Rogers, Anna Price, Rebecca Krehbiel and Chris Winton.

September 22, 2023

Family Law CLE

Host:  Kanawha County Family Law Bench-Bar Committee

Location:   Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, Charleston, WV

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

CLE: 8.2 credits, including 1.1 in ethics (law office management)

October 5-7, 2023

2023 Appalachian Addiction and Prescription Drug Abuse Conference

The Creative Tension of Addiction Treatment and Recovery


Location: Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV

Time: Beginning 9:00 a.m. on October 5

CLE: 15.6 credits including 5.4 in ethics

Registration Fee: $150.00

A limited number of registration scholarships are available please contact Shawnette D’Arco at

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place from Wednesday, October 4 – Saturday, October 7, 2023. The group rate is $149 per night plus taxes/fees.

Note: Room block reservation deadline is September 18, 2023



October 9, 2023





Sponsor: WV State Bar Women in the Profession Committee

Location: Bridgeport Country Club

Registration Fee: $60 (includes breakfast, activity, lunch for golfers, and dinner)


  • 9:00 – 10:00 – Check-in/Breakfast
  • 10:00 – Shotgun Start for 18 Hole Tournament
  • 10:30 – Shotgun Start for 9 Hole Tournament
  • 2:00 – 3:00 – Social Hour
  • 3:00 – Dinner

All Registration closes for all events on October 4, 2023


October 27, 2023 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bridge the Gap Program

Host: West Virginia State Bar Young Lawyer Section

About: Newly admitted members are required to complete a mandatory Bridge-the–Gap Program sponsored by the State Bar within 24 months after admission to the West Virginia State Bar. Any new lawyer admitted to practice between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2020 has thirty-six months after their date of admission to complete the program due to COVID extension accommodations ordered by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. All new lawyers admitted on or after January 1, 2021, have twenty-four months after their date of admission to complete the program per Administrative Rule 6.03(a). 


Location: Bridgeport Conference Center – Bridgeport, West Virginia

Cost: Free

Event information and registration coming soon


Only newly admitted attorneys who have not previously completed the Bridge the Gap requirement may attend the live course to satisfy the mandatory Bridge the Gap requirements.

The West Virginia State Bar

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