Last week, the well known law firm, DiTrapano, Barrett, DiPiero, McGinley and Simmons made generous donations to the Bar Foundation’s Justice Fund. The Board of Directors wishes to express its gratitude to the firm for its beneficial contribution that will be used entirely for Bar Foundation grants to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services here in West Virginia.

At the present time, Rudy DiTrapano, Josh Barrett and Lonnie Simmons, name partners in the firm, are Bar Foundation Fellows.

The lawyer members of the Board of Directors are currently contacting law offices from all parts of the state to request donations to the Justice Fund with the goal of increasing annual Bar Foundation grants from $30,000  last year to $50,000 in the coming year and, ultimately, to $100,000 each year.

Thank you, DiTrapano, Barrett, DiPiero, McGinley and Simmons for your important support!



The Bar Foundation’s Grants Committee  held its quarterly meeting earlier this month to consider grant applications from worthwhile charitable organizations to achieve the Bar Foundation’s mission of improving the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to WV’s citizens.

The Committee, which consists of a judge and two lawyers, reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the fifteen member Board of Directors for final action. In just the past seven years, there have been forty-eight grants and commitments provided for a total amount of more than $262,000 in the four general categories of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Law Student Scholarships, Legal Services for the Poor and Public Education.

The Committee, with Board approval, has recently instituted a new requirement that each grant application contain a Sustainability Plan, 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.”



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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