Antero Resources, a major leader in West Virginia’s energy industry, has become the Sponsor for the Lawyer Leadership Institute which is recognized as the premier leadership training program for rising lawyer leaders in the state.

Antero Resources has more than 500 employees in the Appalachian Basin with offices in Mount Clare and Bridgeport, WV, and in Marietta, Ohio. It currently holds over 427,000 net acres in the Marcellus Shale area. Antero’s Regional Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer is Al Schopp.

In its first five years of existence, there have been more than fifty younger lawyers, admitted to practice for ten years or less, who have attended the Lawyer Leadership Institute each May at the Stonewall Resort. They have been from all parts of the state and all types of law practice. During the weekend session, they have learned leadership traits and skills from highly qualified judges and lawyers to assist them in their legal profession, community and statewide activities.

J. Kevin Ellis, Antero’s Vice President of Government Relations, stated that “We are very pleased to support the WV Bar Foundation in its 2017 Lawyer Leadership Institute.” Kevin is a distinguished graduate of the WVU College of Law.       The WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors expresses its sincere appreciation to Antero Resources for its beneficial commitment to the Lawyer Leadership Institute!



The three Roasters and the Master of Ceremonies are on board for the 6th Lunch and Laughs With A Legal Legend on Friday, September 9, 2016, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, beginning at 11:30 AM, where the honored guest will be well known and well respected attorney, Robert M. “Bob” Steptoe, Jr.

The “friendly” roasters are Attorney Susan Brewer, Energy Entrepreneur Ben Hardesty and Business Developer Jack Keeley—all from North Central WV. They will have the opportunity to tell stories and tales about Bob based upon their many personal experiences with him over the years.

The Master of Ceremonies is WVU Provost Joyce McConnell, who previously served admirably as the WVU College of Law Dean and has had many interactions with Bob. The proceeds from the Lunch will be divided between Bob’s choice of student scholarships at the WVU College of Law and Bar Foundation grants.

Sponsorships of $2,000 are provided a reserved table with 10 seats. Individual tickets can be purchased for $60. A majority of the amount is tax deductible.

Please contact the Bar Foundation to make reservations— —– 304-343-9823—P. O. 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.

A Good Time for a Good Cause!



The American Bar Foundation Fellows and the WV Bar Foundation Fellows will hold their joint luncheon meeting in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the WV Bar Association. The  joint luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 AM on Friday, August 5, 2016, in the Dominion Room at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA.

The Bar Foundation Fellows program is modeled after the American Bar Foundation, and almost all ABF Fellows are also Fellows of the WV Bar Foundation. The WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved a contribution to the success of the event.

Fellows wishing to attend the August 5 joint luncheon should contact the WVBA at 800-944-9822 or send an email to Frema Wilson(, or call her direct at 304-522-2652.

The WVBA Annual Meeting is an excellent educational, networking and social event. To register for the entire three day meeting, go to



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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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