Since its initial grant in 2004, the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has distributed more than $270,000 to organizations and entities to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to WV’s citizens. In excess of $225,000 of that amount has occurred through 47 specific grants.

Each grantee is required to provide a final report on the utilization of the grant funds. Last year, the WVU Student Legal Services Office received a grant to send two representatives to an excellent national training conference for lawyers engaged in this particular student legal practice. In its required report recently, the SLS Office made the following statements:


“This conference was an important opportunity for our attorneys to collaborate with other student legal professionals to improve and expand the services and programs we provide to the student body.”

“The value of this educational opportunity cannot be replicated in any other continuing educational opportunity. ”

“We were able to collaborate with other SLS offices across the country to expand our services and better meet students’ legal needs. Through collaboration with other SLS offices, we are better equipped to more fully and comprehensively meet the needs of the West Virginia University student body.”


The support and consideration that the state’s judiciary and members of the legal profession provide throughout the year, especially through the Bar Foundation’s Justice Fund, ensures that similar worthy endeavors occur for the benefit of our men, women and children here in WV.

Thank You!



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 American Bar Foundation Fellows and the WV Bar Foundation Fellows will hold their joint luncheon meeting in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the WV Bar Association at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA  The  joint luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 AM on Friday, August 14, 2015, in Sequoia 1,2,5. The WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved a contribution to the success of the event.

The Bar Foundation Fellows program is modeled after the American Bar Foundation, and almost all ABF Fellows are also Fellows of the WV Bar Foundation. The two Fellows groups have been working with the American Inns of Court in putting together a pilot mentoring project for initiation in the Northern District Federal Court system.

Fellows wishing to attend the August 14 joint luncheon should contact the WVBA at 800-944-9822 or send an email to

The WVBA Annual Meeting is an excellent educational, networking and social event. To register for the entire three day meeting, go to



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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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