The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors expresses its utmost appreciation to Steve White of Charleston (pictured above) for his very significant donation to support its mission to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to WV’s citizens.

Steve is a former Bar Foundation President, who just completed six years of outstanding service as a Bar Foundation Board member. His generous contribution surpasses the previous largest donation which was made in June by Ancil Ramey, Immediate Past President and Board member.

Steve’s extraordinary financial commitment will enable the Bar Foundation to continue and increase its beneficial grants program to worthwhile charitable entities in the state.

Thank you so much, Steve White! 




With attendance approaching 100 persons already, anticipation is growing 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.

Make your reservations TODAY by contacting the Bar Foundation— —– 304-343-9823—P. O. 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.

A Good Time for a Good Cause!        




With deep sympathy, the WV Bar Foundation wishes to inform you of the passing of John H. Tinney, Sr. of Charleston on August 1, 2016, in Charleston, after a short illness.

John served with distinction as the Bar Foundation President and as a Board of Directors member with his tenure concluding in 2010. He also served as the WV State Bar President in 2001—he is one of only three lawyers to serve the legal profession as President of the two statewide organizations, the others being G. Nicholas Casey and Robert M. Steptoe, Jr.


John’s life of outstanding achievement and leadership was celebrated on August 5, where judges, lawyers, community officials, family and many friends remembered and honored his wisdom, wit and treasured relationships. John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan, two sons, Jack and Jim, who are lawyers, five grandchildren and other family members.