Join more than 160 judges, lawyers and their guests, who are already planning to attend the 17th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston by registering Today—APRIL 20, 2015!

This 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 TODAY to make your reservations—(304)-343-9823 or




LAWYER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE-May 15-17-STONEWALL RESORT             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, or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.



Students from Kanawha, Marion, Roane, and Wayne Counties will visit the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in the coming weeks as part of the West Virginia Law Adventure program. Each of the school groups won a category of the mock trial competition.


Wednesday, April 22: Students from Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Kanawha County (middle school combined grade winner) will observe the Supreme Court Argument Docket.

n Tuesday, April 28: Students from East Fairmont High School in Marion County (high School twelfth-grade winner) will tour the Supreme Court at 9 a.m. and listen to a presentation about court history.

n Tuesday, May 12: Students from Roane-Jackson Technical School (high school combined grades winner) and Prichard Elementary School in Wayne County (fifth-grade winner) will observe the Supreme Court Argument Docket.


The Supreme Court’s West Virginia Law Adventure mock trial program requires participating classes to write their own scripts based on one of three criminal case scenarios, which change each year. The case scenarios are written by the Young Lawyers Section of the West Virginia State Bar. Each participating class must act out its script in front of a judicial officer – a magistrate, family court judge, or circuit judge – before sending in its entry.

Winners in each category are invited to watch the Supreme Court in action. Due to a scheduling conflict, East Fairmont High students are not able to attend a court session this year.

Students’ trips to local courthouses and the Supreme Court are paid for by a grant from the West Virginia Bar Foundation.



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