With approximately 150 judges, lawyers and their guests registered to attend the 17th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston, the deadline for reservations is APRIL 20, 2015!

The well received event (black tie optional) honors 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….”

The reception and dinner begin at 6:00PM and the cost is $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of ten persons.

The diverse 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 Chief Judge Gina Groh-Martinsburg Lee Hall-Huntington 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, tom@wvbarfoundation.org or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.





The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors announces the fourth outstanding Lawyer Leadership Institute to be held on May 15-17, 2015, at the Stonewall Resort near Weston.

Participation in the Institute is limited to twelve newer lawyers (admitted to the practice of law for ten years or less) who will have the opportunity to learn from outstanding members of the judiciary and the legal profession regarding education and professional training that will enable them to become leaders in the legal profession, in their communities and in the State. They will receive expert presentations on service skills, leadership traits, professionalism and civil discourse through participation in interactive sessions, networking opportunities and interpersonal relationship building in an informal atmosphere.

The expert presenters include Federal Court Judge John Bailey, State Court Judge Michael Aloi, Professor Emeritus Jack Bowman, Law School Professor Tom Patrick, Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel Rachael Cipoletti, County Counsel Norwood Bentley and Entrepreneur Attorney Elliot Hicks.

The first three LLI events have been overwhelmingly successful with participants’ comments such as:


Well done.

Very well planned and very well executed.

The speakers who had more interactive presentations were my favorite.

Very thought provoking.

The Institute did an excellent job of laying out our responsibilities as lawyers to lead not just within the profession, but in the community as a whole.

The speakers were varied, and for the most part, very interesting.

[I]t was a wonderful group of presentations with a star group of presenters.

I am also grateful for the new friends I have made while here.

The cost remains at $499 per person, which includes two nights lodging at Stonewall Resort, five meals, and all materials, as well as twelve hours of requested continuing legal education credits, with four hours of legal ethics credits.

Please contact the WV Bar Foundation TODAY to reserve one of the limited places——Tom Tinder—(304)-343-9823, tom@wvbarfoundation.org or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.



The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors is very pleased that Ms. Stephanie Mascella, the recipient of the Bar Foundation Public Service Scholarship, will be a special guest at the 17th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at the Charleston Marriott Hotel, beginning at 6:00 PM.

Stephanie is a third year student at the WVU College of Law and will make some brief remarks during the Dinner. This is the second year that she has received this prestigious scholarship.

Stephanie, who is originally from Shinnston, WV, is active in the Law School’s Child and Family Law Clinic. She expressed her appreciation to the Board by stating—“This scholarship has significantly lightened my financial burden and allowed me to focus on my studies.”


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Thomas R. Tinder, Esq. Executive Director West Virginia Bar Foundation Post Office Box 4845 Charleston, WV 25364

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


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

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