During the 19th Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on April 27, outstanding remarks were made by Jackson Butler, a third year law student at WVU College of Law. Pictured above after the Dinner are, from left to right, WVU Law School Dean Gregory Bowman, Bar Foundation President Jodie Boylen and Jackson.

       The Bar Foundation provided a grant to Philanthropy WV, the statewide organization for private, corporate, family and community foundations, which was utilized to employ Jackson to serve as its Legal & Policy Fellow. After introductory comments by PWV President Paul Daugherty, Jackson expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity to use his skills and talents in philanthropic endeavors, including the re-authorization of the tax credit system for taxpayers who make charitable contributions. His unique experience making presentations to members of the U.S. Congress and their staffs helped achieve the important results.

       Jackson graduated on May 12 and has been accepted to the Masters in Tax program at Georgetown University Law School. His many successes during his three years at WVU included Associate Editor of the WV Law Review, President of the Student Bar Association, Associate Justice of Moot Court and President of the Tax Law Society.

       Best wishes to Jackson Butler—success will continue to be his hallmark!

       As mentioned in earlier Bar Briefs, sixteen outstanding individuals were inducted as Bar Foundation Fellows at the Dinner 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 again to these excellent members of the judiciary and the legal profession in West Virginia!!





     The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors wishes to express its sincere appreciation for the generous donations which have been made in the past month to the Bar Foundation in memory of well known and well respected members of the state’s legal profession. 

      All these tax deductible contributions will be utilized for Bar Foundation grants to worthwhile charitable organizations to improve the administration of justice here in West Viginia.

      The generous donors are:                   In memory of Richard Ford, Sr. by Jessica Justice Stolarik of Morgantown.

                  In memory of Susan Harman by Judge Edwin Flowers of Morgantown.                   In memory of Jerry Jones by Jessica Justice Stolarik of Morgantown.                    In memory of Jay West by Jessica Justice Stolarik of Morgantown.


      Thank You!







     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.