In September, West Virginia University President and former Dean and Professor at the WVU College of Law, E. Gordon Gee, was the honoree at the Bar Foundation’s Lunch and Laughs With A Legal Legend event in Morgantown. Each year, the honoree designates a worthwhile charitable entity to receive the net proceeds from the Lunch.

Pictured above is WV Bar Foundation President Ancil Ramey (Huntington) and President Gee to commemorate the presentation of $7,501 to President Gee’s charitable activity—the Dream First Student Scholarship Initiative at WVU.

With President Gee’s designation, the total amount committed during the five Lunch and Laughs exceeds $50,000. When added to the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors distributions and commitments over the past decade, more than $300,000 has been awarded to worthwhile non-profit organizations in the state to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to West Virginia’s citizens.

Congratulations to President Gee and many thanks to each of you for your support and assistance!


The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 18th Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston.

As many as 200 judges, lawyers and their guests from all parts of the state will attend this excellent black tie optional event. The reception will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner and the honoring of this year’s class of Fellows. It will conclude before 9:30 PM.

Another outstanding group of more than twenty Fellows will be announced in the next Bar Brief. They will join approximately 300 other judges and lawyers as Fellows—there are more than 5,000 lawyers and members of the judiciary here in West Virginia.

The criteria for Bar Foundation Fellows is—-“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.”


The American Bar Association will hold its Mid-year Meeting during the first few days of February in San Diego, CA.

West Virginia’s official representatives at this important gathering of judges and lawyers from across the nation and around the world are the ABA Treasurer, Nick Casey (Charleston) and the ABA House of Delegates members, Judge John Bailey (Wheeling) and Debra Scudiere (Morgantown).

Judge Bailey is a current member of the WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors and the Judge, Deb and Nick are all Bar Foundation Fellows.


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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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