On October 23, Judge Frank Volk was officially installed as the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia during a wonderful investiture ceremony at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston. Pictured above, on the left, is Judge Volk with his longtime mentor, U. S. District Court Judge John Copenhaver, Jr., a Bar Foundation Fellow. Other Bar Foundation Fellows in the federal judiciary who participated in the event were 4th Circuit Court Judges Robert King and Stephanie Thacker, Chief Judge Robert Chambers, Judge and Bar Foundation Board member John Bailey and Magistrate Court Judges James Seibert and Dwane Tinsley.

The federal courtroom was packed with judges, lawyers, Judge Volk’s family and members of the general public, including former Bankruptcy Court Judges Edwin Flowers and Ron Pearson, both of whom are Bar Foundation Fellows. Judge Pearson has just completed 30 years of outstanding service with Judge Volk taking over his important responsibilities.



The Bar Foundation Board of Directors will hold its next quarterly meeting on December 3, 2015. The Board consists of three judges and twelve lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice.

This year, the Board has implemented a new practice to have all the Board meetings held by telephone conference call. In this way, the meetings occur in an even more effective and efficient manner. Bar Foundation committee meetings have been held telephonically for numerous years.

The Board members will be considering its financial report, making decisions for the 2016 class of Bar Foundation Fellows and the awarding of grants, as well as reviewing the fundraising status of the Justice Fund and other matters.




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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