As of today, more than 140 judges, lawyers and their guests will be attending the 19th Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on Thursday, April 27, at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. 

       The reservation deadline is APRIL 21, 2017. 

       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, tom@wvbarfoundation.org or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.

          Make your reservations by APRIL 21!





     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, tom@wvbarfoundation.org or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.






     U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Eifert (Huntington) has made a generous contribution to the Bar Foundation, which will be utilized for Bar Foundation grants.

      Her wonderful charitable donation will greatly assist in achieving the Bar Foundation’s mission of improving the administration of justice and the provision of legal services for our state’s citizens.

      The Bar Foundation expresses its utmost appreciation to Magistrate  Judge Eifert for her beneficial support and commitment!