A very successful Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend was held on Friday, October 17, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown. The honored guest for the “friendly roast” was WVU College of Law Professor Emeritus and extraordinary speaker, Forest “Jack” Bowman.

Pictured above are, from left to right, WVU President E. Gordon Gee, WV Bar Foundation President Steve White, Professor Emeritus Bowman, WVU College of Law Dean Emeritus John Fisher, WVU College of Law Professor Charles DiSalvo and Attorney Steve Crislip.

President Gee, a special surprise guest, stated that Professor Bowman and he had started on the same day at the Law School, 35 years ago, as Dean and Professor, respectively, President White mentioned Bar Foundation accomplishments and Dean Fisher, Professor DiSalvo and Attorney Crislip told stories concerning Professor Bowman’s physical characteristics, personal habits, travel vouchers, office activities and career highlights. Professor Bowman had the opportunity to respond in his highly entertaining manner.

More than $20,000 was generated from this worthwhile charitable activity and it will be equally divided between Professor Bowman’s choice of the law student scholarship fund at the WVU College of Law and for Bar Foundation grants to improve the administration of justice, such as anti-bullying programs, child abuse and neglect prevention and civic education.

Sponsors and Contributors included:
J. Michael Benninger
Bowles Rice
Brewer and Giggenbach
Burns White
Professor Charles DiSalvo
Farmer, Cline and Campbell
Judy and Rob Fisher
Judge Edwin Flowers
Judge Irene Keeley
Jackson Kelly
New South Media
Phillips, Gardill, Kaiser and Altmeyer
Steptoe and Johnson
White Law Offices
WV Bar Foundation
WVU College of Law
WVU President’s Office


It was A Good Time for a Good Cause!






Since the Bar Foundation presented its first grant in 2004, more than $250,000 has been provided to worthwhile charitable entities to fulfill the mission of improving the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to the state’s citizens.

As the philanthropic organization for the legal profession and the justice system in West Virginia, the Bar Foundation, under the direction of its Board of Directors, has made 47 grants and distributions in the past 10 years, with 41 grants and more than $230,000 occurring in just the past 6 years.

Recently, the Board received input from two grantees on the impact of its grants. Dan Ringer gave a final report on the weekly television series, “The Law Works”, where he had served as the Producer/Host during its 15 years of broadcasts on WV Public Television. “We produced and broadcast 26 new programs every year for 15 years. A total of 391 programs, totaling approximately 200 hours of legal information and education.”

Dan went on to say that the program “reached nearly every home in West Virginia…”, that “program topics covered essentially every aspect of federal, state and local legal system…” and that “at a time when civic education had been abandoned by the public schools, “The Law Works” WAS civic education.” He concluded his report by thanking the Bar Foundation for its “generous support for the program. It could not have been possible without you.”

Four years ago, the Bar Foundation Board initiated its Public Service Scholarship for a student at the WVU College of Law, who makes a commitment to practice law in the area of public service. The first recipient, Michael Nissim-Sabat, is currently working for Mountain State Justice.

After the Scholarship was awarded this academic year, the College of Law Interim Dean, Gregory Bowman, stated, “Your generosity is invaluable to helping our students fulfill their promise as future lawyers and leaders in West Virginia and beyond” and “Your gift is an important piece of our success.” The recipient of the scholarship for a second year is Stephanie Mascella.

The Bar Foundation Board will continue its commitment and focus to providing financial assistance to improve the administration of justice in WV.




Philanthropy WV, the statewide organization of private, community, family and corporate foundations, will hold its Annual Conference on November 5-6, 2014 at the Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, near Beckley.

Several sessions have received Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits totaling 3.6 legal ethics credits. The specific sessions include “The Ethics and Legalities of Maintaining or Adjusting the Founder’s Intent” presented by WVU College of Law Professor Elaine Waterhouse Wilson and “The Ethic and Legalities of Foundation Operations” presented by Bill Gray, Esq. of Hunton and Williams. The Luncheon Plenary Speaker is Steve Farmer of Farmer, Cline and Campbell, who serves as a Trustee for the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust and the Ruby Foundation.

The cost is $50 for each session. Interested lawyers should may register by contacting Philanthropy WV at 304.517.1450 and speaking with Paula Martinelli.
















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