Last year, the WV Bar Foundation participated in a collaborative grant program with the Kanawha Valley Council on Philanthropy, which is a group of family, private, corporate and community foundations located in the Kanawha River Valley. The Council had made a commitment to improve the local community in the West Side of Charleston in coordination with the City of Charleston, West Virginia University, the State of West Virginia and numerous other entities.
The Bar Foundation specifically designated that its grant funds be used for an anti-bullying program administered by the Charleston Police Department in the Mary C. Snow Westside Elementary School. The program is entitled, “Handle With Care Leadership Program” and below is part of the report on its success:

Handle with Care Leadership Program.
The program is designed to stop bullying both now and in the future; and to promote the tools needed to make a child into a leader of tomorrow.

We started the program this year with 10 students. Of the 10, 7 completed start to finish. The three that did not complete the entirety of the program was due to the family moving from the area/school. One of those three was replaced during the school year causing the program to graduate 8 giving us an 80% graduation rate. I believe this would have been 100% had the kids not had to move from the school. There is not one child that would not have been eligible to graduate this year.

Thank You!
The financial support that you provide to the Bar Foundation is utilized for Bar Foundation grants, such as this important anti-bullying program for WV’s children.

The WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to invite members of the judiciary, the legal profession and the general public to attend the 7th Lunch and Laughs With A Legal Legend on Friday, September 15, 2017, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, beginning at 11:30 AM, where the honored guest will be West Virginia University Provost, former WVU College of Law Dean and Bar Foundation Fellow, Joyce McConnell, who is pictured above.
Lunch and Laughs events are not to be missed. Three “roasters” will have the opportunity to tell stories and tales about the Provost, and they are WVU President Gordon Gee, well known and well respected attorney Ellen Cappellanti (Charleston) and WVU Law School Professor John Taylor. The proceeds from the Lunch will be divided between the Provost’s choice of student legal clinics at the WVU College of Law and Bar Foundation grants.
Sponsorships of $2,000 are provided a reserved table with 10 seats. Individual tickets can be purchased for $60. A majority of the amount is tax deductible. Please contact the Bar Foundation to make reservations— —– 304-343-9823—P. O. 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.
A Good Time for a Good Cause!


The Bar Foundation Board of Directors presents its Annual Report for the July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 fiscal year. It was another successful year in striving to attain the organization’s mission of improving the administration of justice and providing legal services for the State’s citizens.
Read the one page report by clicking here:

2016-17 Annual Report