A large crowd attended the 19th Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner last Thursday evening. Pictured above are the following members of the Fellows class, from left to right, John File (Beckley), Ted Hess (Wheeling), Charlie Lorensen (Charleston) and Duke McDaniel (Petersburg). 

       During the Dinner, held at the Charleston Marriott Hotel, sixteen outstanding individuals were inducted and 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


          Congratulations to these excellent members of the judiciary and the legal profession in West Virginia!!





     The 6th Lawyer Leadership Institute, sponsored by Antero Resources Corporation, is set for May 19-21, 2017, at Stonewall Resort near Weston.

     The deadline to register is FRIDAY, MAY 5! 

     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.

      With the May 5 deadline, please contact Tom  Tinder to make your reservations—(304)-343-9823, or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.






     The quarterly meeting of the Bar Foundation Board of Directors is set for Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 12:00 Noon, by telephone conference call. 

     Agenda items include the Financial Report, actions relating to the Grants Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Justice Fund, the election of Officers and plans for 2016-17.

     The Annual Meeting will be held at the conclusion of the Board meeting. Items for consideration will be the Annual Report, the Financial Report, the election of Board members and Other Business.