A very large crowd of judges, lawyers and their guests were in attendance on Thursday, April 28, in Charleston to honor the two members of the judiciary and the twenty lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice who comprise the 2016 class of Bar Foundation Fellows. Pictured above is a portion of the class during this impressive event.

The twenty-two new members join a little more than 300 previous selections from more than 5,000 judges and lawyers in the state. The criteria for the 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.”

The 2016 Bar Foundation Fellows are :


Professor Gerry Ashdown-Morgantown
Ben Bailey-Charleston
John Bord-Grafton
Patrick Casey-Wheeling
Tim DiPiero-Charleston
Lyn Dotson-Morgantown
Joe Farrell-Huntington
James “Buck” Geary-Petersburg
President Gordon Gee-Morgantown
Ann Haight-Charleston
Rick Hudson-Parkersburg
Mark Jenkinson-Martinsburg
Jim Lamp-Huntington
Steve McGowan-Charleston
Judge Lawrence Miller, Jr.-Kingwood
Rick Pill-Martinsburg
Delby Pool-Clarksburg
Gary Pullin-Charleston
Judge Derek Swope-Princeton
Pam Tarr-Charleston
Michelle Widmer-Eby-Clarksburg
Monte’ Williams-Morgantown


Congratulations to the 2016 Bar Foundation Fellows!



Only two more newer lawyers will be able to attend the Bar Foundation’s fifth Lawyer Leadership Institute to be held on May 13-15, at Stonewall Resort near Weston.

Participation is limited to no more than twelve newer lawyers and ten reservations have already been made. The deadline to register is MAY 9!

The Institute is a weekend retreat for newer lawyers (admitted to practice for ten years or less) to receive in-depth leadership training and skills to be better lawyers and leaders in their communities and in our state. Prominent judges and lawyers make presentations and the attendees have continuous networking opportunities with the presenters and the other younger lawyers.

The cost remains $499, which includes two nights lodging, five meals, at least twelve hours of continuing legal education credits and lots of beneficial materials.

Make your reservations by MAY 9  by contacting the WV Bar Foundation— or 304-343-9823!





The Bar Foundation Board of Directors will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, June 2, at 12:00 Noon. Agenda items include the Financial Report, actions relating to the Grants Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Justice Fund, the election of Officers and plans for 2016-17.

The Annual Meeting will be held at the conclusion of the Board meeting. Items for consideration will be the Annual Report, the Financial Report, the election of Board members and Other Business.


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Thomas R. Tinder, Esq. Executive Director
West Virginia Bar Foundation
Post Office Box 4845
Charleston, WV 25364



The philanthropic organization for West Virginia’s legal profession and justice system.

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