The 4th Lawyer Leadership Institute was held last month at Stonewall Resort near Weston. Pictured above are the ten lawyers, who have been practicing for less than ten years and were in attendance at this premier leadership training event that will assist them in the future as they assume leadership positions within the legal profession, the justice system, our communities and our state.

On their evaluation forms, the Institute and the location at the Stonewall Resort were evaluated on a 1-5 basis (5 is highest) with the Institute receiving an overall rating of 4.25 and Stonewall receiving 4.5. The presentations by lawyers and judges received an average rating of 4.25.

Each of the participants confirmed that they would recommend the Institute to other younger lawyer leaders and here are just some of the specific comments that were placed on their evaluation forms:


·         This has been an informative and inspiring seminar that was very worthwhile.

·         The collection of speakers and topics was great!

·         I thought the interactive sessions were particularly useful in not just providing general information, but providing answers to specific concerns.

·         One of the greatest opportunities to learn from the judges and the ability to interact with other young lawyers in our legal community.

·         Very well done. Informed speakers. Having an interactive group helps make the experience better.

·         Great program, size was perfect. Speakers were interesting and here for the right reasons.

·         The conference could be a day longer to allow for more networking time, but otherwise A+.

The attendees and the presenters are to be highly commended for their time, energy and attention.

The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has set the 5th Institute for May 13-15, 2016, at Stonewall Resort.



The WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on June 4, 2015, which was immediately followed by the Annual Meeting.

The fifteen member Board reviewed its financial report for the 2014-15 fiscal year, as well as approving the 2015-16 budget—both of which were basically break even regarding revenues and  expenses. Approval was also given to planned events for the coming year, a large increase in Bar Foundation grants with excess funds transferred from the Justice Fund and for the entities to do the independent audit, the bank reconciliations and the management of the Justice Fund.

The Officers for the coming year were elected—President Ancil Ramey (Huntington), Vice President Jodie Boylen (Parkersburg) and Secretary/Treasurer Ken Gray (Morgantown)— with an emphasis being placed on the Justice Fund and electronic communications in the coming year. Finally, two Board members whose terms were expiring—Harry “Burr” Hatfield (Madison) and John Shott (Bluefield)—were honored for their achievements, including Hatfield’s leadership as an Officer and Shott’s leadership with the Grants Committee.

During the Annual Meeting, President Steve White (Charleston) reviewed the accomplishments during 2014-15, the financial report was given and a Bylaws change was approved to reduce the number of membership dues categories by eliminating annual memberships. In addition, the following Foundation Fellows were elected to serve three year terms as Board members:

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



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!




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