The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Stephanie Mascella from Shinnston, a third year student at the West Virginia University College of Law, has been awarded the Public Service Scholarship for the current academic year.The Scholarship was initiated four years ago with the recipient showing an interest in public service legal work and making a commitment to pursue that area of the law after completing their law school career. This is the second year for Stephanie to be selected. The first person to receive the Scholarship, Michael Nissim-Sabat, is currently employed with Mountain State Justice.

Stephanie provided the following report on her recent activities—“Over the past summer I worked in the Office of the West Virginia Attorney General. While there, I was able to complete rotations in the Civil Rights and Consumer Protection Divisions. While in the Civil Rights Division, I had the opportunity to argue a motion and defend a deposition for an employment discrimination case. I really enjoyed my time in Charleston over the summer and feel as though it was an invaluable experience. During my third year of law school, I am practicing as a Student Attorney in the College of Law’s Child and Family Law Clinic. Currently, my clinic partner and I are managing six cases. I have already had the opportunity to argue in court, and we have two upcoming hearings. In addition to the clinic, I am also taking Federal Income Tax and International Law as well as my MBA courses through the College of Business and Economics. Although my third year of law school has been very hectic, I am making the best of it and enjoying all of the practical experience I am gaining.”

Congratulations to Stephanie Mascella for being selected to receive the Bar Foundation’s Public Service Scholarship!





The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, December 4, at 12:00 Noon at the law office of Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso in Charleston.The diverse Board, consisting of fifteen lawyers and judges from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, will review various Committee reports, discuss recommended actions and make policy decisions on numerous matters.

In addition, the Independent Auditor, Herman and Cormany, will present the annual audit and IRS Form 990 for the July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014 fiscal year.




The deadline was November 3 for current Bar Foundation Fellows to nominate members of the legal profession and the judiciary to be considered as members of the 2015 Fellows class.Bar Foundation Fellows are—“Those lawyers whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their  communities and honorable service to the legal profession with the individuals selected reflecting the diverse nature of the legal profession in West Virginia.”

Since its inception in 1999, there have been only approximately 300 judges and lawyers who have received this important recognition. The 17th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows dinner has been set for Thursday, April 23, 2015, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston.





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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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