The National Conference of Bar Foundations has selected the WV Bar Foundation as the recipient of the prestigious Partnerships for Success Award for 2017.
The Award, which is co-sponsored by LexisNexis, “honors bar foundation initiatives making a significant impact in their community on issues for which lawyers are uniquely positioned to lead.” The honored program was the WV Bar Foundation’s grant to the WVU College of Law to support the expanded student legal clinic set up on WVU’s new southern campus in Beckley.
The $10,000 grant, the second largest annual grant ever to a separate entity, is planned to achieve a “perfect storm” of giving legal assistance to citizens in that underserved area of the state, providing beneficial expertise and experiences for the law students and enabling them to see firsthand the opportunities that await them if they will practice in that rural, economically depressed area after their admission to practice law.
The Award will be presented by the National Conference of Bar Foundations during the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York City later this week and accepted by Bar Foundation Immediate Past President Jodie Boylen (Parkersburg) and WVU College of Law Professor Kendra Fershee. Later, an overview of the student legal clinic grant program will be given to the local and state bar foundation representatives in attendance by Ms. Boylen and WVU College of Law Associate Dean Joshua Fershee.
The Partnerships for Success Award has only been presented six previous times with prior selections including bar foundations from Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington, DC.
Thanks to YOU for your support which enabled the Bar Foundation to provide this important grant and to be selected to receive this wonderful honor!

U.S. District Court Judge Irene Keeley (Clarksburg) will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend event on Friday, September 15, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, with the honoree being WVU Provost Joyce McConnell. Both the Judge and the Provost are Bar Foundation Fellows.
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’s Grants Committee has received grant applications for review and consideration. Grants are made to accomplish the mission of improving the administration of justice and the provision of legal services for West Virginia’s citizens.
The deadline was August 1 with final action to be taken during the Bar Foundation Board of Directors quarterly meeting in September. The next deadline for grant applications is November 1, 2017.
The official grant application is available on the Bar Foundation’s website——and there is a listing of all the Bar Foundation grants since the first one was made in 2004.