The deadline is October 30 for current Bar Foundation Fellows to nominate members of the legal profession and the judiciary to be considered as members of the 2016 Fellows class.

Bar Foundation Fellows are—“Those lawyers whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their  communities and honorable service to the legal profession with the individuals selected reflecting the diverse nature of the legal profession in West Virginia.”

Since its inception in 1999, there have been just over 300 judges and lawyers who have received this important recognition. The Fellows Nominating Committee will review all the nominated individuals and make recommendations to the Board of Directors during its meeting in December.                 The 18th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows dinner has been set for Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston.


Since June, 2009, the WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has been pleased to provide its bi-weekly Bar Brief email newsletter to judges and lawyers in all parts of West Virginia and to wherever a member may be located. This is the 159th edition that provides just three separate notices and information regarding the Bar Foundation’s work as the philanthropic organization for the legal profession and the justice system in our state.

And you are utilizing the Bar Brief at extraordinary rates!

Each month, the Constant Contact group that administers the email message system provides us with facts and statistics to compare the Bar Blast with other similar systems. For the past three months, the figures are:

Bar Brief Open Rate-40.4% (Overall Industry rate-21%)
This is the percentage of Bar Briefs that are opened, as compared to total email message rates for all Constant Contact entities.

Bar Brief Bounce Rate-11.1%
This is the percentage of Bar Briefs that were bounced back      for various reasons—we will be working to reduce that rate.


Legal Profession Rates-
Open Rate-28.4%
Bounce Rate-11.47%


You are to be commended for your significant utilization and leadership  regarding the Bar Brief. If you have any suggestions or comments, please provide them to us.



The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors continues its primary focus of providing grants to worthwhile charitable organizations through its Justice Fund.

The Justice Fund was initiated to generate up to $1 million in order to have a stable source of continuing money for these grants. Close to two thirds of the goal has already been reached through donations and commitments by judges, lawyers and law related organizations and contacts are being made this month with numerous additional law offices to request their valuable assistance.

Make your tax deductible contribution today!

Donations can be made by check to the WV Bar Foundation or use your credit/debit card through the simple PayPal donation process on the Bar Foundation’s website—

Do Justice by supporting the Justice Fund!



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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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