Have you made your reservations yet for the 19th Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on Thursday, April 27, at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. More than 100 of your colleagues in the judiciary and the legal profession have already done so.

       Pictured above are some of the members of the last year’s Fellows class. On April 27, sixteen outstanding individuals will be inducted and will join approximately 300 of the 5,000 WV judges and lawyers who have previously received this high honor. The 2017 Fellows 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
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 6th Lawyer Leadership Institute, sponsored by Antero Resources Corporation, is set for May 19-21, 2017, at Stonewall Resort near Weston.

     The Institute is a weekend session to provide newer lawyers with specific education and professional training that will enable them to become leaders in the legal profession, in their communities and in the State. The program consists of expert presentations on service skills, leadership traits, professionalism and civil discourse through participation in interactive sessions, networking opportunities and interpersonal relationship building in an informal learning atmosphere.

      Here are some comments from the participants in 2016:

  • I really liked the size of the group, it was much easier to engage than other CLE events I have attended.
  • Great speakers and great topics.
  • Unique experience that provided an opportunity to reflect on the profession, not just the “work” we do.
  • Wonderful, well done event and experience.
  • Enjoyed getting varying perspectives from both State & Federal Judges.

      In 2017, the participants will be limited again to twelve lawyers within 10 years or less of admission to practice law and possessing diverse experiences, who will be nominated by law offices or legal organizations. All prior attendees gave extremely positive evaluations to the presentations, to the small group interaction and to the Stonewall Resort location.

      During the Institute’s two days, the presentations will be given by noted individuals on the topics of organizational leadership, professionalism leadership, leadership in general, civility leadership, ethical leadership and public service leadership.

      Registration is on a first come-first served basis. 

      The cost remains at $499 per person which includes two nights lodging at Stonewall Resort, five meals, and all materials, as well as application will be made for twelve hours of continuing legal education credits, with at least three hours of legal ethics credits.

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






     On March 21, Jerry Jones from Clarksburg, passed away.

     Jerry, a true leader in the legal profession and a wonderful person, served on the Bar Foundation Board of Directors and was a member of the first class of Bar Foundation Fellows in 1999.

     He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Lou, three children, including two lawyers, Jeff of Charleston and Perry of Clarksburg, and four grandchildren.

     Jerry and his law partner, Jay West, practiced law together in Clarksburg for more than 45 years. Jay, also a Bar Foundation Fellow, passed away a few months ago. 

     Jerry Jones—all honor to his name.