The WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors continues to pursue its mission of improving the administration of justice by providing its most recent grant to the WV Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN) to convene two statewide summits for services to child abuse victims. Pictured above, at the WVCAN office in Charleston, are Steve White, Bar Foundation Immediate Past President, and Emily Crittenden-Laird, WVCAN Executive Director.

The grant, in the amount of $3,000, will be used to convene two one day summits—one for members of the judiciary and one for prosecuting attorneys— “to equip prosecutors and judges to expertly handle child

abuse and child fatality cases. By focusing on practical strategies and proven solutions to challenges in prosecuting crimes against children” there is the expectation that there will be “higher rates of prosecution throughout the state and more consistency in the judicial system around the issue of child abuse.”

The Bar Foundation has made numerous grants to local programs across WV to focus on child abuse and neglect prevention, which positively  impacts the family lives and the community fabric.



In 2004, the Bar Foundation Board of Directors made its first grant in furtherance of its mission to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to West Virginia’s citizens.

After a conservative beginning with seven grants totaling just over $15,000 in the first four years, the Board has stepped up the provision of grants with fifty-one grants and financial commitments, totaling more than $315,000, occurring in the past eight years. The grants have been made in four general categories–Law School Scholarships, Public Education, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Legal Services for Low Income Citizens.

The major source for this dramatic increase has been the initiation of the Bar Foundation’s Justice Fund which consists of the important donations and contributions made by lawyers, judges, law offices and legal organizations, as well as the prudent financial/policy decisions made by the Board of Directors.

Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the Justice Fund today.

YOU can make a difference!



The Bar Foundation Board of Directors wishes to express its sincere appreciation to Robert Wells, the longtime Executive Director of the South Carolina Bar, for the generous contribution that he has made to the Justice Fund.

Bob, who is a nationally recognized leader in bar association and bar foundation matters, has provided the WV Bar Foundation with his expertise and advice since the Bar Foundation began its existence in December, 1988. Numerous programs, policies and activities that Bob suggested have been incorporated into the WV Bar Foundation’s operation.

Bob, who is affectionately known as “Cooter” to his colleagues, has had an illustrious career beginning at the American Bar Association and then for three decades at the South Carolina Bar.

Thanks and gratitude to Bob Wells!


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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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