The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the awarding of a grant to Philanthropy West Virginia, the statewide organization of community, private, corporate and family foundations, for a Legal and Policy Fellow. Pictured above, on the left, is Jackson Butler, the second year student at the WVU College of Law who was selected to serve as the Fellow, and, on the right, Paul Daugherty, President and CEO of Philanthropy WV.

Jackson was chosen from an impressive group of law students. He is a Student Bar Association Officer, a Moot Court Board member, involved in the Tax Law Society and has participated in four regional/national moot competitions in 2016. Last summer, he was a Junior Deputy Counsel (Intern) for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in Pittsburgh.

President Daugherty stated that Jackson “will be working with our state and federal work around tax policy in particular the continued work with the passage of the renewal of the WV Neighborhood Investment Program, research policy matters related charitable tax deduction versus charitable tax credit, excise tax on private foundations on the federal level, and other policy education/development for philanthropy and nonprofits.”

Bar Foundation grants are provided to charitable organizations in compliance with the stated mission to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to WV’s citizens. Almost a quarter of a million dollars in grants and commitments have been made in just the past six years.

The Bar Foundation is very pleased to make this grant to support Jackson Butler and Philanthropy WV in moving forward with this worthwhile and beneficial activity!


FOUNDATION FELLOWS DINNER-RESERVATION DEADLINE-APRIL 21         The deadline for reservations to be made for the Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner is APRIL 21.

More than 160 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


Contact Tom Tinder by APRIL 21 to make your reservations—(304)-343-9823, 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— 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



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