The   largest crowd in its short history and the biggest amount of funds raised made the third Lunch and Laughs with a Legal Legend event a big success!

Held on Friday, September 13, 2013, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, approximately 200 people generated $25,000 as U. S. District Court Judge Irene M. Keeley of Clarksburg was the honored guest for this “friendly roast”.

The Judge is pictured above standing beside WVU College of Law Professor Emeritus Jack Bowman who served as the Master of Ceremonies. The “roasters”, from right to left, are U. S. District Court Chief Judge John P. Bailey (Wheeling), entrepreneur Pat Bibbee (Charleston) and attorney Robert  M. Steptoe, Jr. (Bridgeport). Judge Keeley is modeling a pink robe that was specially made for her as a gift when she was initially appointed to the Federal Court bench.

The   following distinguished entities were Sponsors for this excellent endeavor-J. F. Allen Company/ Farmer, Cline and Campbell/ Jackson Kelly/ Kay, Casto and Chaney/ McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner/ Phillips Gardill, Kaiser and Altmeyer/ Spilman, Thomas and Battle/ Steptoe and Johnson/ Tenmile Land/ White Law Office/ the WV Bar Foundation/ the WVU College of Law and the WV President’s Office.

The final 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 for Bar Foundation grants to improve the   administration of justice in the state.

It was definitely A Good Time for a Good Cause!



On Thursday, September 5, the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting at the law offices of of Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso in Charleston. The vast majority of the fifteen Board   members participated-either in person or by conference call.

The Board members, who are lawyers and judges from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, made policy decisions on finances, the Investment Fund and the awarding of two grants. In addition, the Board members made plans for the Bar Foundation’s 25th Anniversary which will be celebrated in April, 2014.

Finally, the Board discussed a report on a pilot mentoring program in the Federal District Courts in the northern part of the state. It will be a joint effort involving American Bar Foundation and WV Bar Foundation Fellows with participation and materials from the American Inns of Court.
















The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to welcome four new regular members.
They are:
Stephrn Burchett-Huntington
Michael   Dockery-Huntington
Mary Snead-Bridgeport
Sonja Vital-Huntington

The Bar Foundation’s Independent auditing firm has stated that membership dues paid by an individual can deduct their dues payments on their personal return as an itemized deduction on Schedule A, subject to income limits that need to be determined on an individual basis.  If it is a corporation or business paying the dues, they are fully deductible on their business tax returns as professional dues.
The Bar Foundation remains extremely grateful for the interest and support of the lawyers and law offices in the state. Please consider recommending Bar Foundation membership to your colleagues so that there can continue to the worthwhile charitable work accomplished by WV’s philanthropic organization for the legal profession and the justice system.











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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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