The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors announces the 19th class of Bar Foundation Fellows!

      The criteria for Bar Foundation Fellows is those judges and lawyers whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession with the individuals selected reflecting the diverse nature of the legal profession in West Virginia.

      There have been just more than 300 lawyers and judges selected as Fellows over the years out of more than 5,000 judges and lawyers here in WV.

       The members of this year’s class of outstanding individuals are:


Rob Aliff-Charleston

Marty Becker-Jupiter, FL

Sam Byrer-Charles Town

George Cosenza-Parkersburg

Teresa Dumire-Morgantown

John File-Beckley

Lester “Ted” Hess-Wheeling

Jim Lees-Charleston

Charlie Lorensen-Charleston

Duke McDaniel-Petersburg

Christopher Plybon-Huntington

Dale Steager-Charleston

Rebecca Tinder-Charleston

Tomas Vernon-Charleston

Judge Christopher Wilkes-Martinsburg

Richard “Dink” Yurko-Bridgeport


        These Fellows will be honored during the Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Charleston Marriott Hotel.

        Details regarding this wonderful event are included below in the next item.

         Make your reservations now!     




          The 19th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston.             The well received event (black tie optional) begins at 6:00PM and the cost is $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of ten persons. The majority of the amount is tax deductible and the net proceeds from the Dinner are used for Bar Foundation grants to improve the administration of justice in the state.

           Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations—(304)-343-9823, tom@wvbarfoundation.org or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.






    The Bar Foundation’s website—-wvbarfound.org—has been modified and updated!

      The recently approved 2015-16 Financial Audit and Internal Revenue Service Form 990 are added, so that a total of the past five years of audited financial records is available for review by the public. Every audit since the Bar Foundation’s inception in 1988 has been a clean audit.

       Photos and information regarding the Bar Foundation’s two newest events, the Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend and the Lawyer Leadership Institute, sponsored in 2017 by Antero Resources Corporation, have been included to complement the well known Bar Foundation Fellows program.

       The mission of the Bar Foundation, which is to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to West Virginia’s citizens, continues to be highlighted on the website with the successful Grants program. More than 60 grants totaling more than $350,000 have been provided to worthwhile charitable organizations to fulfill the mission.

       Take a look and enjoy the information and materials on wvbarfound.org