The Bar Foundation’s Bylaws include “encouraging and supporting traditional, innovative and broadened activities relating to dispute resolution, ….”

On Saturday, February 21, and Sunday, February 22 the WVU College of Law will host a regional ABA Representation in Mediation Competition in Morgantown. The official website for the competition is—


Two years ago, Jaime Ritton and Abbe Klezer, one of the WVULAW teams, won this regional competition and advanced to the national level at an ABA meeting in Chicago.

WVU Law School Professor Tom Patrick, a Bar Foundation Fellow, is requesting assistance from Bar Foundation Fellows and members in three areas. First, volunteers are needed to coach our teams prior to the event.  The student competitors represent clients in mediation; they do not serve as mediators. The volunteers will meet with a team and coach them in their representation of their client in mediation.

Second, and if you opt for this role, you cannot serve the former-there is a need for judges and mediators for the day of the competition.  The ABA has a scoring sheet and judges will observe two teams in the competition, score the competitors, and provide feedback to them at the end of their round.  Volunteer judges are needed in the morning or the afternoon of February 21-that’s a Saturday-or during both times.

Third, volunteer mediators are needed to mediate the cases.  If you serve in that role you may or may not be called upon to also serve as a judge, depending upon how many judges are recruited.  Same day, morning or afternoon.

Please contact Professor Patrick at 304-293-5301 or by email





The Bar Foundation Board of Directors expresses its sincere appreciation to the following judges and lawyers who are Bar Foundation Fellows and have already made tax deductible donations and commitments to support the Justice Fund.

They are:


Kevin Burgess-Fayetteville              Steve Davis-Summersville

Judge David Faber-Bluefield

Rob Fisher-Ripley

Judge Edwin Flowers-Morgantown                           Carl Frankovitch-Weirton

Lloyd Jackson-Hamlin

Judge Irene Keeley-Clarksburg

Lucien Lewin-Martinsburg

Delegate Tim Manchin-Fairmont                           Ken Miller-Fairmont                           David Morrison-Bridgeport

Bob Noone-Logan

Charles Printz-Martinsburg

Lisa Rose-Fairmont

James St. Clair-Huntington                           Tracey Weber, Jr.-Weston

Jay West-Clarksburg                           James Wilson-Bridgeport



Their contributions will enable the Bar Foundation’s grants to continue having a positive impact on justice initiatives, such as child abuse and neglect prevention advocacy, health care directives, law student scholarships and legal education activities in the court system.

Make your contribution to the Justice Fund today!

Donations can be made by check to the WV Bar Foundation or use your credit/debit card through the simple PayPal donation process on the Bar Foundation’s website—

Do Justice by supporting the Justice Fund!



The Bar Foundation and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce that the 16th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston, beginning at 6:00 PM.

This year’s Bar Foundation Fellows include more than 20 distinguished judges and lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice.

There will more detailed information in the next Bar Brief.


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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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