The WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors invites members of the judiciary, the legal profession and the general public to attend 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, where the honored guest will be WVU President E. Gordon Gee.
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 a Professor and 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

In April, twenty-five students from Clay County High School represented West Virginia at the national We, the People program in Washington, DC, with the assistance of a Bar Foundation grant. The team had won the statewide competition held at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston.
The class teacher, Phillip R. Dobbins, explained the beneficial impact for the students—“the knowledge and experience these students attained from this experience will serve them well for years to come. Many of the students had never been to Washington, D.C. and for some a trip of a lifetime. In addition to the competition, students were able to visit many historical monuments and memorials as well as the White House, Library of Congress and the Holocaust Museum.”
Since its first grant was awarded in 2004, the Bar Foundation’s Board has provided more than 50 contributions to worthwhile charitable organizations to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services, totaling more than $270,000 with more than $255,000 being distributed in just the past seven years.
As Mr. Dobbins concluded regarding the Bar Foundation’s “generous donation”—-“know that it made a difference in the lives of these 25 students.”

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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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