The eleventh class of Bar Foundation Fellows honored on April 30, 2009

On April 30, the Bar Foundation held its 11th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner in Charleston. During the excellent event, two members of the judiciary and thirteen lawyers became the newest Fellows, joining 25 judges and 151 lawyers as Bar Foundation Fellows. This year’s honorees are-

Supreme Court Justice Joseph Albright-Parkersburg
Barbara Allen-Charleston
Professor Robert Bastress-Morgantown
Oscar Bean-Moorefield
Landers Bonenberger-Wheeling
Michael Caryl-Martinsburg
Federal Court Judge Robert Chambers-Huntington
Linda Garrett-Summersville
Logan Hassig-New Martinsville
Harry Hatfield-Madison
Catherine Munster-Clarksburg
John Nesius-Charleston
Janet Preston-Parsons
Ancil Ramey-Charleston
Bill Redd-Huntington


On June 11, the WV Bar Foundation held its Annual Meeting in Charleston. Reports were given on the important programs and activities accomplished in the last year and the positive financial condition of the organization. Action was taken to select five lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice to serve three year terms on the Board of Directors, which is the policy making group. The lawyers are:

Harry “Burr” Hatfield-Madison
Eric Holmes-Ripley
J. Franklin Long-Bluefield
C. Jane Moran-Williamson
Steven K. Nord-Huntington


According to a news release, ALPS—the Attorneys Liability Protection Society—announced last week that it will acquire Southern Title Insurance Company, a Richmond, VA-based title insurance underwriter primarily serving the southeastern United States. ALPS is an attorney owned and operated company providing professional liability insurance to attorneys in 24 states and 3 U. S. territories. The transaction is expected to close in early July. The addition of a title insurance option by ALPS is particularly valuable in states where its currently insured attorneys perform title closing services, such as South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. “The acquisition of Southern Title squarely aligns with ALPS’ strategic vision…” stated Robert W. Minto, Jr., ALPS President and CEO.

WV lawyers, including Bar Foundation Fellow Dan Callaghan (Summersville) who still has a leadership position with ALPS, were heavily involved in initiating ALPS more than twenty years ago. Bob Minto, who has served as ALPS President from the beginning and is a true visionary leader in the insurance business, makes almost annual trips to WV to teach CLE seminars and meet with WV lawyers.