On Monday, September 30, representatives of the Bar Foundation Fellows, American Bar Foundation Fellows, the American Inns of Court and the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Section held a conference call to continue their work on a pilot mentoring program in the areas where the Federal Courts are located in the Northern District of West Virginia
Contacts have already been made with Chief Judge John Bailey, Judge Gina Groh, Judge Irene Keeley and Judge Fred Stamp, as well as with WVU College of Law Dean Joyce McConnell, relating to coordinating a mentoring initiative which would have the support of the American Inns of Court, materials from the Inns and the State Bar, and the involvement of a mentoring referral service that is being implemented by the Young Lawyers Section.
Participants in the discussion were Bar Foundation Fellows Rob Fisher (Ripley), Cem Martin (Martinsburg) and Steve Nord (Huntington), Young Lawyers Section Vice Chairperson Jason Foster (Martinsburg) and Inns regional representative, Pam Whitmann.
The American Bar Bar Foundation Fellows in the state and the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors have pledged their support to this beneficial program of matching newer lawyers with more experienced lawyers with the plan being to expand it to the Southern District Federal Court area at some point after the pilot program is up and running successfully.

The Bar Foundation’s expansive website—— has been updated and upgraded!
The website is the source for any and all information concerning Bar Foundation programs, services and activities. It includes revolving photos that highlight various areas of interest, a very easy to use format and the convenient PayPal mechanism to make a tax deductible donation to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services in the state.
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The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to welcome three renewed regular members from Parkersburg.
They are:

David Huffman
Barbara Kuhl
S. F. Raymond Smith

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

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