A big crowd of approximately 190 judges, lawyers and their guests from all parts of the state attended the 16th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on April 24 at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. Pictured above is Bar Foundation President Harry Hatfield (Madison), on the right, after introducing the three judges and fifteen lawyers, who were members of the 2014 Fellows class.
Following an excellent dinner and inspiring remarks by second year WVU College of Law student, Stephanie Mascella, the recipient of the Bar Foundation Public Service Scholarship, each Fellow was individually introduced with their extraordinary career highlights. Then, the Bob Noone Show was the entertainment attraction for the 25th Anniversary Celebration with a special 25 year history booklet being distributed to the persons in attendance.
The 2014 Bar Foundation Fellows, who join less than 300 other Fellows out of more than 5,000 judges and lawyers in the state, are:

Josh Barrett-Charleston
John Bennett-Logan
Marcia Broughton-Clarksburg
Kevin Burgess-Fayetteville
David Fryson-Morgantown
Heather Heiskell Jones-Charleston
Betsy Jividen-Wheeling
Judge Tom Keadle-Romney
Tom Lane-Charleston
Hank Lawrence-Bridgeport
John Lukens-Charleston
Tom “T.C.” McCarthy-Wheeling
Geraldine Roberts-Elkins
Chris Riley-Wheeling
Judge Jim Rowe-Lewisburg
Judge Stephanie Thacker-Charleston
Steve White-South Charleston
David Ziegler-Hinton

There are still a couple positions available for the third exemplary Lawyer Leadership Institute to be held on May 16-18, 2014, at the Stonewall Resort near Weston.
Participation in the Institute is limited to twelve newer lawyers (admitted to the practice of law for ten years or less) who will have the opportunity to learn from outstanding members of the judiciary and the legal profession regarding education and professional training that will enable them to become leaders in the legal profession, in their communities and in the State. They will receive expert presentations on service skills, leadership traits, professionalism and civil discourse through participation in interactive sessions, networking opportunities and interpersonal relationship building in an informal atmosphere.
The speakers include Federal Court Judge Irene Berger, Circuit Court Judge Michael Aloi, WVU Law School Professor Emeritus Jack Bowman and Professor Tom Patrick, Jessica Alsop, Norwood Bentley and Elliot Hicks.
The first two LLI events have been overwhelmingly successful with participants’ comments such as:

Very Informative.
Really enjoyed the ability to interact with fellow participants and speakers.
Also enjoyed the small size of the group.
A great experience.
Appropriate topics for young lawyers.
Perfect mixture of speaking times, breaks and free time.

The cost remains at $499 per person, which includes two nights lodging at Stonewall Resort, five meals, and all materials, as well as twelve hours of approved continuing legal education credits, with at least three hours of legal ethics credits.
Please contact the WV Bar Foundation TODAY to reserve one of the final places——Tom Tinder—(304)-343-9823, or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.

The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors, consisting of 15 lawyers and judges from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, will hold its quarterly meeting on June 5, 2014, at 12:00 Noon at the law offices of Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso in Charleston.
Immediately following the Board meeting at 1:00 PM, the Bar Foundation’s Annual Meeting will be held. The agenda for the meeting includes the reading of the Minutes of the 2013 Annual Meeting, a report on the programs and activities of the Bar Foundation, the financial report, the Nominating Committee report and Other Business.
The Nominating Committee report will consist of the election of the following persons to serve three year terms as members of the Board of Directors:

Mary Clare Eros-Shepardstown
Richard Ford, Jr.-Lewisburg
Professor Marjorie McDiarmid-Morgantown
Judge Alan Moats-Grafton
Kathy Santa Barbara-Martinsburg

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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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