The WV Bar Foundation held its highly acclaimed 5th Lawyer Leadership Institute at Stonewall Resort this past weekend. Pictured above is one of the expert speakers, U.S. District Court Judge John Bailey, discussing leadership matters with the group of younger lawyer leaders from across the state and with differing law practices.

The Institute’s objective is to provide newer lawyers with specific education and professional training that will enable them to become leaders in the legal profession, in their communities and in the State.

The featured judges and lawyers have well known expertise and knowledge in leadership skills. The speakers were:

U.S. District Court Judge John Bailey-Wheeling
Magistrate Judge Michael Aloi-Clarksburg
Circuit Court Judge Alan Moats-Grafton
WVU Law School Professor Emeritus Jack Bowman
WVU Law School Professor Tom Patrick
Elliot Hicks, Esq.-Charleston
Jessica Donohue Rhodes, Esq.-Charleston
Rebecca Tinder, Esq.-Charleston

The attendees, who have been admitted to practice for less than ten years and represented law offices and legal organizations, were:

Megan Davis-Huntington
Matt Elshiaty-Morgantown
Jacob Layne-Charleston
Jason Lucas-Wheeling
Briana Marino-Charleston
Dennis McGlauglin-Wheeling
Jasmine Morton-Sutton
Brad Schmalzer-Charleston
Matt Tyree-Morgantown
Jared Underwood-Beckley

The participants’ evaluations were the highest possible for the overall Institute with unanimous recommendations from each participant that they would recommend attendance at the Institute to other younger lawyer leaders. The accommodations/food /service at Stonewall Resort received very high marks as did the vast majority of the presentations.

The Bar Foundation is very appreciative of the volunteer time and leadership that was provided by the high caliber presenters.

Best wishes to the ten outstanding younger lawyers as they continue utilizing their leadership skills to improve the administration of justice and their service to the judicial system, the legal profession and their communities!



Caton Hill of Philippi passed away earlier this month.

Caton had served two terms as a distinguished member of the Bar Foundation Board of Directors a few years ago. He could be counted upon to provide his expertise and advice on policy decisions as the Bar Foundation turned its focus to providing grants to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to WV’s citizens.

Caton was an outstanding servant leader in Philippi, in Barbour County and statewide. He served as the Prosecuting Attorney and in many other positions of respect and authority. A Memorial Service was held on May 15, with the eulogy given by Circuit Court Judge Alan Moats, a current member of the Bar Foundation Board of Directors.

The Bar Foundation expresses its sincere sympathy to Caton’s family and to his large circle of friends and colleagues.





The Bar Foundation Board of Directors will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, June 2, at 12:00 Noon. Agenda items include the Financial Report, actions relating to the Grants Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Justice Fund, the election of Officers and plans for 2016-17.

The Annual Meeting will be held at the conclusion of the Board meeting. Items for consideration will be the Annual Report, the Financial Report, the election of Board members and Other Business.


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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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