2023 Bar Foundation Fellows

The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors, consisting of judges and lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, announces the 25th class of Bar Foundation Fellows!

The criteria for Bar Foundation Fellows are 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 465 lawyers and judges selected as Fellows over the years from the more than 7,000 judges and lawyers here in WV.

The members of the 2023 class of outstanding individuals are:

Judge Anita Ashley, Spencer
Judge Charles Carl, Romney
Judge Perri Jo DeChristopher, Morgantown
Susan Deniker, Bridgeport
Dana Eddy, Charleston
Kevin Ellis, Morgantown
Elizabeth Lord, Charleston
Jack Merinar, Bridgeport
Larry Rector, Bridgeport
Dean Amelia Rinehart, Morgantown
Shannon Smith, Morgantown
Gloria Stephens, Welch
Chief Justice Elizabeth D. Walker, Charleston
Rod Windom, Harrisville

Congratulations to these exemplary leaders!

Please join us in recognizing these distinguished individuals at the WV Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Charleston.

Schedule of Events:

6:00 pm – Reception
7:00 pm – Dinner & Program

Individual ticket (open seating): $150.00
Reserved table of 10: $2,000.00
Reserved table of 8 with Foundation Fellow: $1,700.00
Can’t attend the event? Register as a supporter and your entire donation will be tax-deductible!

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel Charleston at a rate of $114/night, plus taxes and fees. Guests should individually call to reserve their room at 1-800-368-7764 and specifying the group name “West Virginia Bar Foundation Room Block”. Reservations should be made prior to March 20, 2023 to obtain the group block rate.

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