On Saturday, February 21, and Sunday, February 22, the WVU College of Law hosted an American Bar Association’s regional Representation in Mediation Competition in Morgantown. There were fourteen law school student teams participating from New York, Virginia, Washington, DC and WVU.

Numerous lawyers, members of the judiciary and WVU Law School professors served as judges and mediators for two rounds of competition among the law students and then the final round. Law student members of the WVU Alternate Dispute Resolution Society admirably served as timekeepers and administrators for this prestigious event, which was coordinated by WVU College of Law Professors Tom Patrick and William Rhee.

The winning two person law student team was from the College of William and Mary with the runner-up team being from WVU. Pictured above are from left to right, Parisa Tabissian and Eva Zelson from William and Mary, the final round judges—April Min (WVU General Counsel), Marion County Circuit Court Judge Michael Aloi (a Bar Foundation Fellow) and Larry Blalock (Wheeling Attorney)—Professor Patrick (a Bar Foundation Fellow) and WVU team members Donald Kersey and Brandon Cole.              This year’s WVU law student team continues the tradition of top performances in this important event. Two years ago, Jaime Ritton and Abbe Klezer, one of the WVU Law School teams, won this regional competition and advanced to the national level.

Congratulations to the WVU College of Law for hosting this Mediation Competition!




The Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that more than $650,000 in donations and commitments have been made to the Justice Fund by judges, lawyers and law related organizations!

The Board expresses its sincere appreciation to the following lawyers and legal entities which recently made tax deductible donations and commitments to support the Justice Fund—


Interstate Gas and Supply, Inc.-Dublin, Ohio-$10,000


Michael Benninger-Morgantown                           Professor David Hardesty, Jr.-Morgantown                           Susan McLaughlin-Fairmont                 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—-wvbarfound.org

Do Justice by supporting the Justice Fund!



The Bar Foundation and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce that the 17th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston, beginning at 6:00 PM.

Tables with ten seats can be reserved for $1,500 with individual admissions at the cost of $150. This year’s Bar Foundation Fellows class includes more than 20 distinguished judges and lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice.

Make your reservations today by contacting Tom Tinder —(304)-343-9823, tom@wvbarfoundation.org or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.

The final list of the 2015 Fellows will be included in the next Bar Brief.


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304-343-9823-phone tom@wvbarfoundation.org


The philanthropic organization for West Virginia’s legal profession and justice system.

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