WVJLAP GRANT Last week, the Bar Foundation made a grant to the WV Judicial Lawyer Assistance Program (WVJLAP) in the amount of $5,000. This is the third annual grant with the Bar Foundation Board of Directors committing a total of five annual grants for $25,000. Participating in the grant ceremony at the WV Supreme Court were, from left to right above, Bar Foundation Board member Christy Morris, WVJLAP Board Vice Chair Brad Sorrells, WV Supreme Court Chief Justice Beth Walker and WVJLAP Executive Director Robert Albury, Jr. WVJLAP “is a free and confidential service for Attorneys, Judges, Bar Applicants and Law Students, who may be struggling with issues such as aging, retirement, stress, anxiety, burnout, work/life balance, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, codependency, compulsive behavior, grief, trauma or any other mental/physical/emotional disorders.” The Bar Foundation grant will be used for planning programs and policies to benefit the members of the judiciary and the legal profession during their time of need. Thank You for supporting the Bar Foundation which enables these important grants to be made to these worthwhile endeavors.
BAR FOUNDATION FELLOWS DINNER-APRIL 25 The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors, consisting of three judges and twelve lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, announces the 21st class of Bar Foundation Fellows! The criteria for Bar Foundation Fellows is those judges and lawyers whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession with the individuals selected reflecting the diverse nature of the legal profession in West Virginia. There have been approximately 375 lawyers and judges selected as Fellows over the years from the 6,000 judges and lawyers here in WV. The members of this year’s class of outstanding individuals are: Billy Atkins-Morgantown Judge Jennifer Bailey-Charleston Scott Curnutte-Elkins Pamela Deem-Charleston Judge Patrick Flatley-Wheeling Tom Gilpin-Huntington Dave Hendrickson-Charleston Justice John Hutchison-Beckley Angela Konrad-Huntington Jill McIntyre-Charleston Andrew McMunn-Clarksburg Todd Mount-Madison Wilbert Payne-Beckley Chris Slaughter-Charleston Tom Smith-Charleston Barry Taylor-Huntington Tamela White-Huntington These Fellows will be honored at the 21st Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston. The well received event (black tie optional) begins at 6:00PM and the cost is $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of ten persons. The majority of the amount is tax deductible and the net proceeds from the Dinner are used for Bar Foundation grants to improve the administration of justice in the state. Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations—(304)-343-9823, firstname.lastname@example.org or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364 For your convenience, a block of sleeping rooms has been set aside at the Charleston Marriott Hotel at a reduced group rate of $161. Just click below to make your room reservations- here Join your colleagues and friends at the 2019 Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner! ___________________________________________________________
HARRY G. “GUS” SHAFFER, JR. Earlier this month, Harry G. “Gus” Shaffer, Jr., a longtime successful and well respected lawyer in southern WV and throughout the state, passed away. After serving in the Army Air Corps, Gus received his undergraduate and law degrees from West Virginia University and returned to Madison to join his father in the law firm of Shaffer and Shaffer. In addition to providing excellent representation to his clients, Gus was heavily involved in the legal profession, serving as President of the WV State Bar, and being honored as a WV Bar Foundation Fellow; his local community where he served multiple terms as the Mayor of Madison; Habitat for Humanity projects across the country and many activities in his church. His beloved wife of sixty-seven years, Mary Lee, preceded him in death and he is survived by his law partner son, H. G. “Chip” Shaffer, III, a Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of the Bar Foundation Board of Directors, and by his lawyer son-in-law, Tom Gilpin, a member of this year’s class of Bar Foundation Fellows. All honor to his name.