U.S. District Court Judge Irene Keeley, pictured above in the middle, was the honoree during the most successful Lunch and Laughs with a Legal Legend event held by the Bar Foundation in September. The net proceeds from the Lunch are equally divided between the honoree’s favorite charitable activity and for Bar Foundation grants.
Judge Keeley chose the student legal clinics at the West Virginia University College of Law because of the excellent work which had been done by some of the law students in cases in the Judge’s court. Last week, a check in the amount of $12,778 was presented by the Judge to Professor Marjorie McDiarmid, on the left, the Director of the Clinical Program for many years, and to Law School Dean Joyce McConnell, on the right. All three distinguished women are Bar Foundation Fellows.
The first three annual Lunch and Laughs have generated a total of more than $33,000 for important endeavors to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services in the state with the three honorees being Judge Keeley, WVU President Emeritus David Hardesty and Law School Dean Emeritus John Fisher.

On December 5, the Bar Foundation held its quarterly meeting at the Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso law office in Charleston. The Board members, who are judges and lawyers from all parts of the state and involved in all types of legal services, reviewed the financial condition, the policies and the programs relating to the organization.
The Independent Audit for the 2012-13 fiscal year and the Internal Revenue Service Form 990 were considered in open session and executive session with the Herman and Cormany accounting representative. It was another clean audit which showed that the sale of the Bar Foundation’s two buildings in 2012 was basically a break even proposition, the inception of a half million dollar Investment Fund and small excess revenue from the organization’s activities during the year. The Audit and Form 990 will be placed on the Bar Foundation’s website——-in the next several days.
The Board members also selected the 2014 class of Bar Foundation Fellows, who will be contacted in January, discussed various strategic planning matters and received a report from the Grants Committee.

Numerous reports show that 10% of all charitable contributions made during the year are done on the last three days—December 29, 30 and 31!
Please consider making your 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 by 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

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