The mission of the WV Bar Foundation is to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services for the state’s citizens.

      The Bar Foundation Board of Directors focuses on providing grants to worthwhile non-profit entities in order to meet the mission. Since making its first grant in 2004, over $284,000 has been awarded to 59 grantees, with $270,000 being distributed since June, 2008.    

      Thousands of our citizens have received justice and legal assistance because of Bar Foundation grants, which have been given in four general categories:


Public Education-$80,884 (24 Grants)  Law Student Scholarships-$119,733 (9 Grants)

Legal Services for Low Income Citizens-$40,634 (6 Grants) Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention-$43,124 (20 Grants)


        In addition, financial contributions of more than $50,000 have been made for programs to benefit students at West Virginia University and the WVU College of Law from the proceeds generated during Lunch and Laughs With A Legal Legend events over the past five years.

        So, through the generous donations and contributions made to the WV Bar Foundation, more than $330,000 has been provided to assist WV’s men, women and children during their time of need.

        Thank You! 




BAR FOUNDATION BOARD MEETING       The Bar Foundation Board of Directors will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, December 1.

      The diverse Board consists of two judges and thirteen lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice. They are:


Jodie M. Boylen President                                                                                                              Parkersburg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kenneth D. Gray Vice President Morgantown   Mary Clare Eros Secretary/Treasurer  Shepherdstown Richard J. Bolen Huntington Ellen S. Cappellanti Charleston Richard E. Ford, Jr. Lewisburg Judge Mary Ellen Griffith

Princeton David A. Jividen Wheeling Professor Marjorie A. McDiarmid Morgantown Judge Alan D. Moats Grafton Christine F. Morris Charleston Kathy M. Santa Barbara Martinsburg Harry G. Shaffer, III Madison Gerard R. Stowers Charleston W. Tracey Weber, III Weston





     During the month of November, the committees of the Bar Foundation hold meetings in preparation for the December Board meeting.

     The following committees will be making policy recommendations—Audit, Foundation Fellows Nominating, Grants and Justice Fund.