As stated by one of the participants, the Bar Foundation’s seventh Lawyer Leadership Institute on May 18-20, at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV was “absolutely fantastic”.
Pictured above is Circuit Court Judge Alan Moats (Grafton), on the left, interacting with the younger upcoming lawyer leaders during his presentation to them. The Judge is a member of the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors and a Bar Foundation Fellow.
This year’s successful event was again sponsored by Antero Resources Corporation with the valuable assistance of its Vice President of Government Relations, Kevin Ellis, Esq.
The Institute’s objective is to provide newer lawyers with specific education and professional training that will enable them to become leaders in the legal profession, in their communities and in the State. The featured judges and lawyers have excellent expertise and knowledge in leadership skills. The diverse speakers and their topics were:

Professionalism Leadership-U.S. District Court Judge John Bailey-Wheeling
Interpersonal Leadership-U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Aloi-Clarksburg
Public Service Leadership-WV Circuit Court Judge Alan Moats-Grafton
Leadership Traits-WVU Law School Professor Emeritus Jack Bowman-Morgantown
Civility Leadership-Brenda Waugh, Esq.-Martinsburg
Organizational Leadership-Elliot Hicks, Esq.-Charleston
Leadership in Lawyer Well-Being-Karen Kahle, Esq.-Wheeling
Ethical Leadership-Rebecca Tinder, Esq.-Charleston

The entire program is approved for twelve mandatory continuing legal education credits here in West Virginia with three credits of those twelve credits in the area of legal ethics.
The attendance is limited to a maximum of twelve younger lawyers who have demonstrated leadership qualities. This year’s participants were:

Drannon Adkins-Charleston
Ashley Barebo-Huntington
Nathan Carroll-Morgantown
Jamie Chapman-Bridgeport
Sam Hess-Kingwood
Laura Hoffman-Charleston
John Huff-Charleston
John McCartney-Morgantown
Katherine Mullins-Charleston
Alexandria Sears-Charleston
Michael Secret-Clarksburg

The Institute and the location at the Stonewall Resort were evaluated by the attendees on a 1-5 basis (5 is highest) with the Institute receiving an overall rating of 4.9 and Stonewall receiving 4.8. The judges and lawyers, who made the presentations, received above average scores with two being rated 5.0!
Each of the attendees confirmed that they would recommend the Institute to other younger lawyer leaders and here are just some of the specific comments that were placed on the evaluation forms:
• Absolutely fantastic.
• The small group setting allowed for better networking and constructive conversation.
• Wonderful speakers on an important topic.
• Excellent program. Learned new skills and built lasting friendships.
• I will highly recommend for future lawyers in our firm.
• The presentations gave wonderful insight into leadership skills and motivated me to be a better lawyer.
• Very informative conference with great speakers.
• I found the interactive nature of many of the presentations to be valuable.
The Bar Foundation wishes to express its utmost appreciation to the highly respected judges and lawyers who made the well received presentations, to the younger lawyer participants who are rising stars in leadership roles in the legal profession, their communities and the state, and to Antero Resources Corporation whose sponsorship commitment enabled the Institute to be another successful endeavor!

The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, June 7, at 12:00 Noon, by telephone conference call.
The Annual Meeting of the organization will occur immediately following the conclusion of the Board meeting.
The Bar Foundation hopes that you are enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day holiday with your family and friends.
Remember those citizens who have given so much for all of us!