More than 125 persons have already registered to attend the 18th Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on Thursday, April 28, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston. The event (black tie optional), which is a wonderful opportunity to honor outstanding judges and lawyers, begins at 6:00 PM and the cost is $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of ten persons—with the majority of the amount being tax deductible.

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 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-Charleston
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, tom@wvbarfoundation.org or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.



The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on Thursday, March 3, with active participation by a vast majority of the three judges and twelve lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, who serve as Board members.

The Board reviewed the good condition of its finances and the status of the Justice Fund, which is a major source of revenue for Bar Foundation grants. There was discussion regarding the two upcoming important events–the Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on April 28, and the Lawyer Leadership Institute on May 13-15, as well as plans being made for the Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend on September 9, in Morgantown.

A significant Bar Foundation grant was awarded to the WV Child Advocacy Network for two summits on child abuse and neglect prevention with participation by judges, prosecuting attorneys and other court officials.

Finally, the Nominating Committee report was made for persons to serve three year terms on the Board beginning in June, 2016, and for Officers to serve for 2016-17. The elections will occur on June 3, during the Board meeting and the Annual Meeting.




The Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the fifth Lawyer Leadership Institute to be held on May 13-15, at Stonewall Resort near Weston.

The Institute is a weekend retreat for younger lawyers (admitted to practice for ten years or less) to receive in-depth leadership training and skills to be better lawyers and leaders in their communities and in our state. Prominent judges and lawyers make presentations and the attendees have continuous networking opportunities with the presenters and the other younger lawyers.

The cost remains $499, which includes two nights lodging, five meals, at least twelve hours of continuing legal education credits and lots of beneficial materials.

Participation is limited to no more than twelve younger lawyers.

Make your reservations today by contacting the WV Bar Foundation—tom@wvbarfoundation.org or 304-343-9823!


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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


The philanthropic organization for West Virginia’s legal profession and justice system.

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