Make your reservations TODAY for the 25th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Charleston.

Pictured above are some of the members of last year’s Fellows class, along with former Board President Christy Morris. On April 20th, fourteen outstanding individuals will be inducted and will join approximately 465 lawyers and judges selected as Fellows over the years from the more than 7,000 judges and lawyers here in WV.

The 2023 Fellows are:

  • Judge Anita Harold Ashley, Spencer
  • Judge H. Charles Carl, III, Romney
  • Judge Perri Jo DeChristopher, Morgantown
  • Susan Llewellyn Deniker, Bridgeport
  • Dana F. Eddy, Charleston
  • J. Kevin Ellis, Morgantown
  • Elizabeth Osenton Lord, Charleston
  • John R. Merinar, Jr., Bridgeport
  • Larry J. Rector, Bridgeport
  • Dean Amelia Smith Rinehart, Morgantown
  • Shannon P. Smith, Morgantown
  • Gloria M. Stephens, Welch
  • Chief Justice Elizabeth D. Walker, Charleston
  • Rodney C. Windom, Harrisville

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!
  • Net proceeds from the event are used for Bar Foundation grants and operations to improve the administration of justice in the state.

Attire: Black Tie Optional

Click Here for More Info or to Register


The eleventh Lawyer Leadership Institute, sponsored by Antero Resources Corporation, is set for May 19-21, 2023, at Stonewall Resort.

The Institute is a weekend session to provide newer lawyers with specific education and professional training that will enable them to become leaders in the legal profession, in their communities, and in the State of West Virginia. The program consists of expert presentations on service skills, leadership traits, professionalism and civil discourse through participation in interactive sessions, networking opportunities and interpersonal relationship building in an informal learning atmosphere.

In 2023, the participants will be limited again to twelve lawyers within 10 years or less of admission to practice law and possessing diverse experiences, who will be nominated by law offices or legal organizations. All prior attendees gave extremely positive evaluations to the presentations, to the small group interaction and to the Stonewall Resort location.

During the Institute’s two days, the presentations will be given by noted individuals on the topics of organizational leadership, professionalism leadership, leadership in general, civility leadership, ethical leadership and public service leadership.

Registration is on a first come-first served basis.

The cost is $600 per person, which includes two nights lodging at Stonewall Resort, five meals, and all materials, as well as application will be made for twelve hours of continuing legal education credits, with at least three hours of legal ethics credits.

Please contact Tessa White ( or 304-394-4751) to make your reservations.



  • WV Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner – Thursday, April 20, 2023 – Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Charleston, WV.
  • Lawyer Leadership Institute – May 19-21, 2023 – Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV.
  • WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors Meeting – June 1, 2023 – Zoom.
  • WV Bar Foundation Annual Meeting – June 1, 2023 – Zoom.
  • Twelfth Annual Lunch & Laughs with a Legal Legend – Friday, September 15, 2023 – The Erickson Alumni Center, Morgantown, WV.