Since making its first grant eleven years ago, the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has distributed and committed more than $300,000 to worthwhile non-profit organizations in the state in meeting its mission to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to West Virginia’s citizens.

With more than 50 grants having being made, the grants have occurred in four major categories—public education, child abuse and neglect prevention, law student scholarships and legal services for low income men, women and children.

The initiation of the Bar Foundation’s Justice Fund in late 2014, enabled the Board of Directors, consisting of three judges and twelve lawyers, to increase the amount and level of grants, as well as focusing on enhancing its position as the philanthropic organization for the legal profession and the justice system.

As Bar Foundation Fellows and leaders in communities throughout the state, the Bar Foundation Board requests your support and assistance in continuing its important commitment as the new year of 2016 gets started.

Thank You!


The WV Supreme Court issued an excellent report recently entitled, “Caseload Characteristics: Understanding the Workload of the WV Supreme Court.”

Authored by the highly regarded Court Clerk, Rory Perry, (a Bar Foundation Fellow), the detailed document reviews the changes in the caseload that have occurred since ” the Court thoroughly modernized the rules for consideration of appeals” in 2011. The full report is located on the Supreme Court’s website—-courtswv.gov—under the Clerk’s Office tab.

The report highlights that decisions on the merits have greatly increased, that there has been an overall decline in the caseload, that nearly half of the appeals have already been reviewed, that appeals by self-represented litigants have increased and that cases are timely handled.

Specifically, the statistical report shows that abuse and neglect cases were the second greatest number of cases that were examined on first review by the Supreme Court with the number of abuse and neglect cases appealed to the Supreme Court from 2011 to 2014 being—229, 195,177 and 185.

These figures confirm the Bar Foundation Board’s decision to support child advocacy and child abuse and neglect prevention programs around the state.


At the end of 2015, several judges and lawyers made tax deductible contributions to the WV Bar Foundation’s Justice Fund which makes grants to worthwhile state organizations to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to WV’s men, women and children.

These fine philanthropic leaders are:

Judge John Bailey-Wheeling

Mary Clare Eros-Shepherdstown

Harry “Burr” Hatfield-Madison

Hank Lawrence-Bridgeport

Judge Alan Moats-Grafton

Lisa Rose-Fairmont

Justice Larry Starcher-Morgantown

James Wilson-Bridgeport

Justice Fund donations can be made by check to the Justice Fund (WV Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364) or use your credit/debit card through the simple PayPal donation process on the Bar Foundation’s website—-wvbarfound.org

Please give to support Justice Fund grants!



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Thomas R. Tinder, Esq.
Executive Director
West Virginia Bar Foundation
Post Office Box 4845
Charleston, WV 25364

304-343-9823-phone tom@wvbarfoundation.org


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