On March 21, Michael John Aloi was sworn in to serve as a Magistrate Judge in the Northern District Federal Court. Pictured above is Judge Aloi taking the official oath while placing his hand on the Bible held by his daughter, Iris, a student at the WVU College of Law.

The oath was administered by Chief Judge Gina Groh and witnessed by the other U.S. District Judges, Irene Keeley, Fred Stamp and John Bailey, as well as the other Northern District Magistrate Judges, James Seibert and Robert Trumble. All the members of the Northern District Federal Judiciary are Bar Foundation Fellows.

An overflow crowd attended the Investiture Ceremony which included remarks by two members of Judge Aloi’s  large extended family—U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and WV House of Delegates member, Tim Manchin, who is a Bar Foundation Fellow. Judge Aloi’s wife, Dr. Susan Aloi, and his four children, Hannah, Iris, Joseph and Alexander were in attendance.

Judge Aloi has served as a WV Circuit Court Judge, is a nationally recognized leader in mediation and alternate dispute resolution and was a Bar Foundation Board of Directors member.

Congratulations to Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi!



A large group of judges, lawyers and their guests are 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 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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304-343-9823-phone tom@wvbarfoundation.org


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

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