In fulfilling its mission of improving the administration of justice, the WV Bar Foundation provided a grant to the WV Supreme Court to support its successful Law Adventure Program.

This 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.

Then, winners in each category are invited to watch the Supreme Court in action. Pictured above are students and teachers from Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Kanawha County, who observed the Supreme Court’s Argument Docket at the State Capitol at the end of April. They were the winners in the middle school combined category.

Other category winners were East Fairmont High School in Marion County (high School twelfth-grade winner),

Roane-Jackson Technical School (high school combined grades winner) and Prichard Elementary School in Wayne County (fifth-grade winner).             Since making its first grant in 2004, the Bar Foundation has provided  almost fifty grants and distributions for a total of more than a quarter of a million dollars to worthwhile charitable organizations in WV, with more than forty grants and $240,000 occurring in just the past seven years.

Through its Justice Fund, the Bar Foundation plans to dramatically increase its philanthropic activities on behalf of the legal profession and the judicial system.




The WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that WVU President E. Gordon Gee will be the honoree for the 5th Lunch and Laughs With A Legal Legend on Friday, September 11, 2015, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, beginning at 11:30 AM.

This is an event not to be missed. Three “roasters” will have the opportunity to tell stories and tales about President Gee, who served as the Dean of the WVU College of Law approximately 30 years ago, and then he will have an opportunity to respond and make comments. The proceeds from the Lunch will be divided between President Gee’s favorite charitable activity and Bar Foundation grants.

Sponsorships of $2,000 are provided a reserved table with 10 seats. Individual tickets can be purchased for $60. A majority of the amount is tax deductible. Please contact the Bar Foundation to make reservations— —– 304-343-9823—P. O. 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.

A Good Time for a Good Cause!



The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors, consisting of 15 lawyers and judges from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, will hold its quarterly meeting on June 4, 2015, at 12:00 Noon at the law offices of Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso in Charleston.

Immediately following the Board meeting at 1:00 PM, the Bar Foundation’s Annual Meeting will be held. The agenda for the meeting includes the reading of the Minutes of the 2014 Annual Meeting, a report on the programs and activities of the Bar Foundation, the financial report, the Nominating Committee report and Other Business with a proposed bylaw change relating to membership categories.

The Nominating Committee report will consist of the election of the following persons to serve three year terms as members of the Board of Directors:


Richard Bolen-Huntington                   Jodie Boylen-Parkersburg                   Ken Gray-Morgantown                   Family Court Judge Mary Ellen Griffith-Princeton                   Harry Shaffer, III-Madison



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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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