On August 11 during the joint luncheon of the National Conference of Bar Foundations, the National Conference of Bar Presidents and the National Association of Bar Executives at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York City, the WV Bar Foundation was presented with the National Conference of Bar Foundation’s (NCBF) highly sought after Partnerships for Success Award.
Pictured above are, from left to right, WVU College of Law Associate Dean Kendra Fershee, Bar Foundation Immediate Past President Jodie Boylen (Parkersburg), LexisNexis Director Global Associations Afsoon Kahtobloo-McClellan and NCBF President Lorrie Albert (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
The Award, which is co-sponsored by NCBF and 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.
On Saturday, August 12, the program was explained in detail during the NCBF plenary session by Immediate Past President Boylen and WVU College of Law Professor Joshua Fershee. The presentation was well received by the representatives in attendance from local and state bar foundations from across the country.
As always, much 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!

With less than a month to go before the Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend event on Friday, September 15, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown honoring WVU Provost and former WVU Law School Dean Joyce McConnell, almost 100 reservations have been received.
The Sponsors signed up so far are:
Jackson Kelly
Spilman Thomas and Battle
Steptoe and Johnson
WVU President’s Office
WVU Provost’s Office
WVU College of Law
WV Bar Foundation

The MC is Federal District Court Judge Irene Keeley (Clarksburg). Three “roasters” will have the opportunity to tell stories and tales about the Provost, and they are WVU President Gordon Gee, 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!


Lucien Lewin (Martinsburg), a newly elected member of the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors, has made a generous donation to the Justice Fund.
The Justice Fund was initiated by the Board of Directors in 2014 to serve as an endowment for the organization in order to dramatically increase the Bar Foundation’s grants program. Utilizing a little over $500,000 from the sale of the Bar Foundation’s building assets, the Justice Fund has been prudently managed by the Board and has now grown to more than $665,000.
The Board of Directors will be making plans next month for a final fundraising effort to reach the ultimate goal of $1 million by December 31.
Much appreciation to Lucien Lewin for his strong support!
Many thanks to YOU for your anticipated tax deductible financial assistance!