Through the financial support and assistance of judges and lawyers in West Virginia, the WV Bar Foundation’s Grants Program works to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to children, men and women in the state. Pictured above are the participants from Randolph and Tuckers counties who attended a recent multi disciplinary investigative team training program.
A grant was made to the Randolph-Tucker Child Advocacy Center to purchase needed technology equipment to benefit the important work relating to child abuse and neglect prevention that is done by the investigative team members. The Family Advocate staff use the laptop computer “to track victim data and coordinate with our investigative team members” and the tablet computers are used by family members seen in the centers ” to complete their satisfaction surveys anonymously….”, according to Margot Evick, the Executive Director of the CAC.
A recent report from the CAC documented the provision of direct services to 143 new children due to allegations of abuse and/or neglect as well as drug endangerment. 117 forensic interviews were provided onsite, 23 referrals for medical exams were made and accompanied to by the family advocates, 40 referrals for counseling were made and 520 Victim Support/Advocacy contacts.
The Randolph Tucker Child Advocacy Center is to be commended for the high priority attention and care that is given to these children and their families during their time of need.

The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors, consisting of two judges and thirteen lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, announces the 20th class of Bar Foundation Fellows!
The criteria for Bar Foundation Fellows is those judges and lawyers whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession with the individuals selected reflecting the diverse nature of the legal profession in West Virginia.
There have been approximately 350 lawyers and judges selected as Fellows over the years from the 6,000 judges and lawyers here in WV.
The members of this year’s class of outstanding individuals are:

Judge Omar Aboulhosn-Bluefield
John Barrett-Charleston
Dean Greg Bowman-Morgantown
Lew Brewer-Charleston
Lynn Clarke-Charleston
John Droppleman-West Union
Judge Paul Farrell-Huntington
Dave Hendrickson-Charleston
Steve Higgins-Morgantown
Judge Patricia Hill-Morgantown
Jim Lees-Charleston
Professor Pat McGinley-Morgantown
Larry Schultz-Martinsburg
Gloria Stephens-Welch
Judge Joanna Tabit-Charleston
Kelli Talbott-Charleston
Frederick Williams-Charleston
Bobby Warner-Charleston

These Fellows will be honored during the Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Charleston Marriott Hotel.
The well received event (black tie optional) begins at 6:00PM and the cost is $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of ten persons. The majority of the amount is tax deductible and the net proceeds from the Dinner are used for Bar Foundation grants to improve the administration of justice in the state.
Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations—(304)-343-9823, or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364
Make your reservations now!

Two Bar Foundation committees, the Nominating Committee and the Grants Committee, have met recently to fulfill their responsibilities.
The Nominating Committee has secured nominations from two judges and three lawyers for the five positions on the Board of Directors to serve three year terms for 2018-21, as well as the three Officers to serve for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The Committee report will be made to the Board during its March 1 meeting with the actual vote occurring in June.
The Grants Committee reviewed the program and the funding requests that had been received in the past three months. It will present its recommendations for action during the March 1 Board meeting.