The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the outstanding members of the 17th class of Bar Foundation Fellows.

The criteria for the Fellows is “those judges and 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 1999, the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has selected just more than 300 lawyers and judges to be Fellows from the more than 5,000 WV lawyers and judges.             The Annual Reception and Dinner to honor the 2015 class will be held on Thursday, April 23, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston. The well attended event (black tie optional) begins at 6:00PM and the cost is $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of ten persons.

The 2015 class of Bar Foundation Fellows includes:

Professor Gerry Ashdown-Morgantown Patrick Casey-Wheeling Brian Cokeley-Charleston Charles Dunbar-Charleston Robert File-Beckley Kay Fuller-Martinsburg Judge Gina Groh-Martinsburg Lee Hall-Huntington

Mark Jenkinson-Martinsburg                     Henry Jernigan-Charleston                     Judge Mike Kelly-Charleston                     Deborah Kilgore-Princeton                     Judge James Mazzone-Wheeling                     David McMunn-Clarksburg                     Christy Morris-Charleston                     Andy Nason-Charleston                     Judge Dan O’Hanlon-Huntington                     Louis Palmer-Charleston                     Gerry Stowers-Charleston                     Steve Thompson-Charleston                     Tracey Weber, III-Weston                     James Wright-Wheeling



Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations—(304)-343-9823, or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.




The Bar Foundation’s mission is to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services for the state’s citizens. The primary focus is providing grants to worthwhile charitable organizations to meet that mission.

Bar Foundation grants have 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.

The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors initiated the Justice Fund to generate up to $1 million in order to have a stable source of continuing money for these grants. Close to two thirds of the goal has already been reached through donations and commitments by judges, lawyers and law related organizations.

The Board expresses its sincere appreciation to attorney David Jividen (Wheeling), a Bar Foundation Fellow, who recently made his tax deductible donation to support the Justice Fund.

The Board began the Justice Fund in late 2014 by depositing the funds received from the sale of its two buildings located in Charleston. Since then, six entities have made generous donations—Bailey and Glasser, Brickstreet Insurance, Jackson Kelly, Interstate Gas and Supply, Steptoe and Johnson, and White Law Offices.

In addition, more than twenty Bar Foundation Fellows have pledged $500 each to the Justice Fund and all fifteen Board members have made the same $500 commitment.

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’s Board of Directors will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, March 19, at 12:00 Noon, at the law offices of Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso in Charleston.

President Steve White will preside during the meeting, which will include the financial report, grants decisions, the Justice Fund and plans for future events, including the Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner, the Lawyer Leadership Institute and the Lunch and Laughs with a Legal Legend.


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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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