On June 7, the West Virginia University Foundation presented one of its Woodburn Circle awards to the WV Bar Foundation for the financial support that has been given to the WVU College of Law. Pictured above during the event in Morgantown are WVU Law School Dean Joyce McConnell, a member of the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors, and J. Franklin Long, a Bar Foundation Past President–both of whom are Bar Foundation Fellows.

Through the provision of the Bar Foundation Public Service Scholarship to a worthy law student, as well as other grants, the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has donated tens of thousands of dollars in the past several years to benefit the College of Law, its students and its programs.



Last year, the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors awarded a grant to the Seven Stories Theatre Company in north central West Virginia to present a series of anti-bullying sessions for young people. A total of 16 presentations were made to more than 1,000 elementary, middle and high school students, as well as school administrators and parents, to educate them on anti-bullying techniques and to assist them in dealing with this pervasive problem.

The Seven Stories Theatre Company’s Artistic Director is Joey Madia and his beneficial program was presented in schools and other locations, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, in several WV counties. Here are some of the personal comments that were made to describe the program:


“The kids really enjoyed having him, as did our administration and staff. I would highly recommend Mr. Joey Madia and the work that he does to any organization or institution that needed help in combating bullying issues.” President, Faculty Senate, Middle School


“Seven Stories Theater Company provided an amazing interactive bullying education program at the Boys & Girls Club’s Annual Lights On! Afterschool Celebration.  Children of all ages were actively engaged throughout the presentation, as the actors provided insight on strategies to stand up to bullying in their daily life.” Site Coordinator-Boys and Girls Club


“He did a job explaining to the boys and girls why we don’t bully, how we help students who are bullied, how we include students that are left out, how we tell any adult our situation and we should never use our cell phones or the Internet to bully anyone.” Principal, Elementary School


The WV Bar Foundation has made grants and contributions totaling more than $205,000 since the first one was made in 2004, with more than $190,000 occurring since 2008, to worthwhile non-profit entities that improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services in the state. The anti-bullying program is an excellent example of the important work that is being accomplished through this financial support.












The   WV Bar Foundation and its Board of Directors are very pleased to announce that U. S. District Court Judge Irene M. Keeley of Clarksburg has been selected as the honored guest for the Third Lunch and Laughs with a Legal Legend event, which will be held on Friday, September 13, 2013, at the   Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown.

This “friendly roast” will begin at 11:30 AM with WVU College of Law Professor Emeritus Jack Bowman serving as the Master of Ceremonies. The “roasters”, who will tell humorous stories about Judge Keeley, are U. S. District Court Chief Judge John P. Bailey (Wheeling), entrepreneur Pat Bibbee (Charleston) and attorney Robert  M. Steptoe, Jr. (Bridgeport).

The proceeds from this worthwhile activity will be shared by Judge Keeley’s designated choice of law student clinics at the WVU College of Law and Bar Foundation grants to improve the administration of justice in the state.  Sponsorships of $2,000 provide a reserved table with 10 seats. Individual tickets can be purchased for $60. Please contact the Bar Foundation to make reservations— tom@wvbarfoundation.org

304-343-9823—P. O. 4845,   Charleston, WV 25364.

A Good Time for a Good Cause!






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



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