The WV Bar Foundation congratulates Ken Gray, a Board of Directors member and Bar Foundation Fellow, for having a national award named in his honor. Ken, pictured above, has served for more than 16 years as the Vice President of Student Affairs at West Virginia University, where he received his law degree, after an extremely distinguished 30 year military career where he reached the rank of Major General and was the Assistant Judge Advocate General.
The Major General Kenneth D. Gray Excellence in Jurisprudence Award will recognize a leader, jurist or practitioner who has exhibited distinctive and exemplary service to their community and or nation. This prestigious award will be presented annually by the National Bar Association, the nation’s oldest and largest association of African-American lawyers and judges in the United States. Recently, the award was presented to its first recipient, Rear Admiral James W. Crawford, III, who currently serves as the deputy judge advocate general for the United States Navy.
Ken has announced his retirement from his position at West Virginia University and will be leaving once his successor has been named.

The Bar Foundation’s committees continue to be active in providing recommendations for the Board of Director’s review and approval. In preparation for the Board’s quarterly meeting in December, four committees are meeting and considering various matters.
In the past few days, the Grants Committee has met and gone over the grants already approved for the current fiscal year and possible additional grants. In addition the Bar Foundation Fellows Nominating Committee has had an extensive meeting to determine those judges and lawyers to be members of the 16th group, who will be inducted at the Annual Fellows Dinner, which has been set for Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Charleston.
During the next week, the Strategic Planning Committee will hold its meeting to make plans for activities and programs in the future and the Audit Committee will meet with the Independent Auditor to thoroughly review the 2012-13 financial report and the IRS Form 990.

Numerous reports show that more than 30% of all charitable contributions are made during the month of December!
Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the WV Bar Foundation so that the Board of Directors can increase its strong commitment to assisting those activities in the state that improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services in the areas of child abuse and neglect prevention, civic and law related education and legal system scholarships.
You can easily make donations electronically on the Bar Foundation’s homepage on the new website— —-or send a check to WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.
Do it before December 31, 2013.
Thank You for your kindness and generosity!

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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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