The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the recipient of its Public Service Scholarship for the 2015-16 school year-Skyler Assif. Pictured above, here she is in her own words—

“My name is Skyler Assif and I am currently a 1L and the recipient of the Bar Foundation Public Service Scholarship. I grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia, and moved to Charleston when I was a sophomore in high school. I graduated from Nitro High, and from there, I went to Mars Hill University, where I received a basketball scholarship and the Bonner Scholarship. The Bonner Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship given to students who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service and academic excellence.

This is where my passion and dedication to community service truly began. I had the opportunity to volunteer 140 hours each semester and 280 hours each summer. Through service learning, I have developed skills that have allowed me to effectively advocate for fairness, impartiality, and equality. I have lead, coordinated, and been involved in an abundance of events, service projects, and seminars on campus and in the greater community.

Additionally, I have engaged in many diverse nonprofit organizations and have worked directly with individuals on issues such as education, poverty, inequality, democratic participation, violence against women, and other social justice concerns. Specifically, I dedicated three years, to an underserved elementary school, where I tutored struggling students in reading comprehension and writing.

Participating intentionally, as a citizen, and being actively engaged in the community has always been something of the utmost importance to me. These service learning experiences have truly been life changing, and being recognized as the Bar Foundation Public Service Scholarship recipient has been the greatest blessing of all.”


Congratulations to Skyler Assif!

Thanks for your donations which make the Scholarship possible!!



The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors announces the outstanding members of the 18th class of Bar Foundation Fellows.

The criteria for the Fellows is “those judges and 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 1999, the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has selected just more than 300 lawyers and judges to be Fellows from the more than 5,000 WV lawyers and judges. The Annual Reception and Dinner to honor the 2016 class will be held on Thursday, April 28, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston. The well attended event (black tie optional) begins at 6:00 PM and the cost is $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of ten persons.

The 2016 class of Bar Foundation Fellows includes:


Professor Jerry Ashdown-Morgantown
Ben Bailey-Charleston
John Bord-Grafton
Patrick Casey-Wheeling
Tim DiPiero-Charleston
Lyn Dotson-Morgantown
Joe Farrell-Huntington
James “Buck” Geary-Petersburg
President Gordon Gee-Morgantown
Ann Haight-Charleston
Rick Hudson-Parkersburg
Mark Jenkinson-Martinsburg
Jim Lamp-Huntington
Steve McGowan-Charlesto
Judge Lawrence Miller, Jr.-Kingwood
Rick Pill-Martinsburg
Delby Pool-Clarksburg
Gary Pullin-Charleston
Judge Derek Swope-Princeton
Pam Tarr-Charleston
Michelle Widmer-Eby-Clarksburg
Monte’ Williams-Morgantown


Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations—(304)-343-9823, or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.




The Bar Foundation received a generous donation recently with the request that it be completely listed as “Anonymous.”

This tax deductible contribution will be utilized by the Bar Foundation Board of Directors to further its mission of improving the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to West Virginia’s citizens.

All donations to the Bar Foundation and its Justice Fund are used for grants to worthwhile charitable organization in pursuit of its mission.


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