The 5th Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend continued the excellent tradition of having a large crowd of judges, lawyers and community leaders honor a legendary figure in the justice system with humorous stories and anecdotes with the proceeds dedicated to a charitable endeavor and for Bar Foundation grants.
WVU President E. Gordon Gee, serving his second term in that capacity after tenures as the Dean and a Professor at the WVU College of Law, was the honoree.
Pictured above are the head table participants, from left to right, Emeritus Professor of Law and Master of Ceremonies Jack Bowman, Emeritus Dean of the Law School John Fisher, President Gee, WV Bar Foundation President Ancil Ramey, Student Government Vice President Ashley Morgan and Student Government President George Capel.
Fisher, Capel and Morgan were the excellent roastees, as well as a funny and touching video presentation by Dr. Rebekah Gee, the President’s daughter and the Louisiana State Medicaid Director. At the conclusion of the roastees’ remarks and after receiving a standing ovation, President Gee responded with his customary wit and wisdom.
President Gee’s selected charitable activity was the Dream First Student Scholarship Initiative at West Virginia University.

Sponsors and Contributors were:
Bowles Rice
Judy and Rob Fisher
Ellie and Edwin Flowers
Judge Irene Keeley
Jackson Kelly
Spilman, Thomas & Battle
Steptoe and Johnson
WV Bar Foundation
WVU College of Law
WVU Foundation
WVU President’s Office
As always, the setting, the food and the service at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown were outstanding.
A Good Time for a Good Cause!

The WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Governors is pleased to announce the following Bar Foundation grants that were approved at the quarterly Board meeting at the beginning of September:
1. WV Bar Foundation Public Service Scholarship-Tuition and Fees for a WVU College of Law student committed to public service.-$19,500
2. Logan County Child Advocacy Center-Child Forensic Interviewing Services-$2,500
3. WVU College of Law/Philanthropy WV-Philanthropic Student Fellowship-$3,500
4. CASA of Eastern Panhandle-Older Children Out of Home Placements-$2,500
5. Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center-Child Behavioral Therapy-$1,500

The Board also took action to add a self sufficiency policy for the Bar Foundation grant application, review and approval process. This new policy will be included on the Bar Foundation grant application form and is, as follows:

” In considering grant applications, the Bar Foundation specifically requests that applicants provide detailed plans and actions that demonstrate the ability to attain self sufficiency regarding the programs and activities for which it is requesting Bar Foundation funding. The Bar Foundation will not provide continuous annual grants for the exact same endeavor towards achieving its mission of improving the administration of justice and the provision of legal services.”

Congratulations to the beneficial organizations which provide these worthwhile programs and services to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to West Virginia’s citizens!

The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors, a diverse group of three judges and twelve lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all Bar Foundation Fellows, Bar Foundation Lifetime Members and all law offices and contributors for the generous donations and contributions that you have made which has enabled more than $300,000 in grants to be made to WV charitable entities since the first one was made in 2004!
With the approval of the Bar Foundation Public Service Scholarship at the WVU College of Law for next year’s academic year and with the successful 2015 Lunch and Laughs event earlier this month, there have been more than 50 grants made in the past eleven years with 44 of those grants and more than $290,000 having accumulated since the Board gave top priority to grant making in 2008.
Your financial commitments have truly had a positive impact on the administration of justice and the provision of legal services for our men, women and children here in West Virginia.
Each of you is to be highly commended for enhancing our state’s system of justice!

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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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