- Pictured above are the Fayette County high school students who are participating in the 2009 Leadership Fayette County Program. David Pollard, the President of the program, is on the left.
FAYETTE COUNTY EDUCATION FUND
The Bar Foundation has provided a grant to support the Leadership Fayette County Program, an annual series of sessions for high school students so that they can become tomorrow’s leaders in our communities. The grant funds were designated for the Justice System and Government sessions that meet the necessary grant guidelines. The sponsor of this excellent endeavor is the Fayette County Education Fund, whose President is David Pollard. He expressed his Fund’s appreciation for the grant which “makes it possible for us to deliver quality Leadership training programs to our youth….” Since beginning the grants program six years ago, the Bar Foundation has distributed more than $65,000 to worthwhile organizations in WV to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services, with more than $43,000 being granted in just the past 16 months.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Last month, the Bar Foundation held its quarterly meeting at the State Bar Center in Charleston. The Board, which consists of fifteen lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, took action on several matters. It reviewed the Bar Foundation’s financial condition, including the immediate past and the current fiscal year budgets, made preparations for the annual independent audit, approved almost $100,000 in IOLTA and Bar Foundation regular and special grants, agreed upon various committee appointments and received reports on several Bar Foundations activities and services.
BAR FOUNDATION FACILITIES
The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has received information regarding the intention of the WV State Bar to consider moving from its present office location at 2006 Kanawha Blvd., East, in Charleston. The Bar Foundation has been the owner of that building since 1989 when it was requested by the State Bar to purchase the facility to be used as the offices for the State Bar. The Bar Foundation then purchased the building next door at 2008 Kanawha Blvd., East, in 2001, at the request of the State Bar, to serve as the offices for the Lawyer Disciplinary Board/Office of Disciplinary Counsel. The leaders of the LDB/ODC have expressed their satisfaction with that building and their desire to remain in that facility. The current three year leases on both buildings are set to expire on June 30, 2010.