The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors is very pleased that Skyler Assif (pictured above) has been selected to receive its Public Service Scholarship for the second year.

      This full tuition and fees scholarship is awarded to a student at the WVU College of Law, who has a distinct interest and desire to work in a public service position in the field of law. Previous selections have been employed in a legal services organization, as a Law Clerk for a Federal Appeals Court Judge and with a public interest law office.

      Upon notification of the Scholarship, Skyler stated:



      “This is great news. I am so honored to be able to keep this scholarship, and I cannot begin to explain the burden it continues to lift off of me. Here is a brief update on what I have been up to…


       This past summer I worked in the WV Attorney General’s Office. I was in the Civil Rights Division for 8 weeks, and I also did a rotation with the Criminal Appellate Division. The Civil Rights Division was very client intensive, which I truly enjoyed. On the other hand, the Criminal App. Division involved intensive brief writing, which allowed me to really focus on becoming a better writer. I am excited to say that this summer I will be working with Steptoe and Johnson, in the Charleston office. 


        As the Community Service Chair for the Student Bar Association, we had a few exciting events this past fall. The biggest was the “Race for Justice” 5k. We were able to raise over $1,000 for the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center. It’s a local shelter here in Morgantown. This semester we are in the midst of planning a Blood Drive.


        This semester has been quite busy (as they all are!) I also started the dual degree JD/MBA Program, which allows me to pursue my JD and MBA full time, while still graduating in May 2018. 


         I just want to say thank you again for this opportunity to be the recipient of the Public Service Scholarship, it has been a privilege! “


       Congratulations to Skyler!

       It is YOUR support for the Bar Foundation that enables it to meet its mission of improving the administration of justice and the provision of legal services for WV’s citizens. Thank You!







          The 19th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston.           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
Terry Reed-Buckhannon
Dale Steager-Charleston
Rebecca Tinder-Charleston
Tomas Vernon-Charleston
Judge Christopher Wilkes-Martinsburg
Richard “Dink” Yurko-Bridgeport


         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, or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.

          Make your reservations TODAY!






           The Bar Foundation Board of Directors will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, Mach 2.

           The Board, which consists of two judges and thirteen lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, will review reports, make plans and set policies as the governing body for the organization.