The Bar Foundation's IOLTA Advisory Committee reviews the operation of the program and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.
The Bar Foundation’s IOLTA Advisory Committee reviews the operation of the program and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.

The Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program is administered by the Bar Foundation in accordance with an Order of the WV Supreme Court, which is Rule 1.15 of the WV Rules of Professional Conduct. The IOLTA Advisory Committe, consisting of representatives from the general public, banks, government officials, the WVU Law School and lawyers, meets quarterly to review the program and make recommendations for action. At its recent meeting, the Committee proposed distributions totally $100,000 to the seven grantees that provide legal services for low income citizens in WV. More than $13 million has been provided in the past nineteen years with WV having one of the smallest percentages in the nation in reductions of IOLTA funding during the current historic period of low interest rates.

The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors met recently and took action on numerous matters including its satisfactory financial condition, discussions regarding the State Bar Center and the Lawyer Disciplinary Board facility, the important IOLTA program, grant proposals to improve the administration of justice, the Bar Foundation Fellows program, nominations for positions on the Board of Directors and planning for future activities.

Nineteen individuals will be honored as Bar Foundation Fellows during the 12th Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston. Fellows are those lawyers and members of the judiciary whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession. The black tie optional reception and dinner begins at 6:30 PM and the cost is $75 person or $750 for a table of ten persons. Please contact Tom Tinder (304-343-9823 or to make reservations.
The 2010 Bar Foundation Fellows class members are:
Robert Allen-Charleston
Richard Bolen-Huntington
Ellen Cappellanti-Charleston
Anita Casey-Charleston
Steve Farmer-Charleston
Ken Gray-Morgantown
Tom Heywood-Charleston
The Honorable Gary Johnson-Summersville
William Kolibash-Wheeling
Tim Manchin-Fairmont
Dean Joyce McConnell-Morgantown
Robert Minto-Missoula, Montana
Dina Mohler-Charleston
Charles Piccirillo-Madison
William Powell-Martinsburg
Kathy Santa Barbara-Martinsburg
The Honorable Thomas Steptoe-Charles Town
William D. Wilmoth-Wheeling
John Wooton-Beckley