Last year, the WV Bar Foundation provided a $2,500 grant to The Children’s Listening Place in Parkersburg, a child advocacy agency. Pictured above at the Listening Place’s forensic interviewing office, is Bar Foundation President Jodie Boylen, a Wood County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, on the left, and Lisa Sutton, the Listening Place’s Executive Director, as they review the success of the grant.

     This grant allowed the Listening Place to take its Child Abuse Response Team to a National Training conference. As Ms. Sutton stated, “This training provided Wood County’s Child Abuse Response team with additional skills needed for conducting Forensic Interviews at the child advocacy center. This training provided the team new techniques on interviewing children whom have alleged sexual abuse.”

     She went on to say—“We are grateful for the willingness of the West Virginia Bar Foundation in supporting The Children’s Listening Place and Wood Count Child Abuse Response Team. It is well recognized that a multi-disciplinary approach to responding to child abuse and neglect ensures the best possible outcome for children who are victims of abuse and as a team, we can provide much need services and assistance to abused and neglected children in our community.”

     In the past six years, the Bar Foundation has made 21 grants to organizations which deal with child abuse and neglect prevention, a high priority activity in our state. These grants have totaled more than $44,000 and have provided beneficial services to hundreds and hundreds of WV’s children during their time of need.

     Thank You for making this happen!



     On December 5, 2016, Richard E. “Dick” Ford, Sr. passed away in Lewisburg after a long illness.

     Dick was well liked and well respected by all who knew him in the legal profession, the justice system, his community, statewide and nationally. He was a highly recognized leader in state and national legal organizations, philanthropic entities and local civic activities. He was a lifelong supporter of West Virginia University, where he received his undergraduate and law degrees and from which he received many deserved honors.

     He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Sally, three children (two of whom are WV lawyers, Mindy Ford Walls and Rich Ford), four grandsons (two of whom are WV lawyers, Grady Ford and Jay Ford) and one great granddaughter.

     For the WV Bar Foundation, Dick served as a member of its Board of Directors and was a member of the first class of Bar Foundation Fellows in 1999. He was also a Fellow of the American Bar Association and represented WV in the ABA House of Delegates.

     Just some of the tributes to Dick from lawyers and judges around the state included comments such as, “gentleman”, “scholar”, “true lawyer leader”, “will miss his warmth and charm”, “walked the walk in terms of professionalism”, “a loss for our profession”, “his professionalism and character were marks of distinction which every lawyer should emulate.”

     In his memory, the family requested donations to Lewisburg United Methodist Church, Peyton Hospice House, or WVU Foundation College of Law Dean’s Fund.

     All honor to his name.



     The WV Bar Foundation wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

     Please enjoy these special times with your family and friends.

     Make memories that will last for the rest of your life!