ACADEMIC SUPPORT GRANT Last year, the Bar Foundation made a grant to Child Protect of Mercer County for necessary services to children “to improve the strength, resilience and character…through character building workshops, addressing basic needs and providing academic support to be successful in school.” Pictured above are two of the 83 children in the local community who participated in this worthwhile program. The grant was in the amount of $2,250. When the grant was made, almost 50% of the participating children were reading at least one grade below level. “After completion of our academic support program, all students in the program we were assisting were reading at grade level”, according to the grant’s final report. Child Protect used the Bar Foundation grant in combination with other funding sources, such as the United Way of the Virginias, Starting Points and the Community Foundation of the Virginias, as well as in-kind donations from local churches and other agencies. Thanks to your support, these children received the academic support they need to make long term change and improve their future!
OVER 100 REGISTERED-BAR FOUNDATION FELLOWS DINNER-APRIL 25 The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors, consisting of three judges and twelve lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, announces the 21st 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 375 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: Billy Atkins-Morgantown Judge Jennifer Bailey-Charleston Scott Curnutte-Elkins Pamela Deem-Charleston Judge Patrick Flatley-Wheeling Tom Gilpin-Huntington Dave Hendrickson-Charleston Justice John Hutchison-Beckley Angela Konrad-Huntington Jill McIntyre-Charleston Andrew McMunn-Clarksburg Todd Mount-Madison Wilbert Payne-Beckley Chris Slaughter-Charleston Tom Smith-Charleston Barry Taylor-Huntington Tamela White-Huntington With over 100 judges, lawyers and their guests registered already, these Fellows will be honored at the 21st Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston. 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 For your convenience, a block of sleeping rooms has been set aside at the Charleston Marriott Hotel at a reduced group rate of $161. Just click below to make your room reservations- here Join your colleagues and friends at the 2019 Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS ACTIONS During its quarterly meeting last month, the Bar Foundation Board of Directors took the following actions among numerous policy matters: * Approved the Financial Report, which included income above the budgeted amounts and expenses that were on track or below projected amounts. * Made decisions regarding the Bar Foundation’s three major events–the Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner, the Lawyer Leadership Institute and the Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend. * Approved a grant to the WV Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (WVJLAP). * Made changes in the Bar Foundation Investment Policy. * Approved the Nominating Committee report regarding Officers and Board membership for 2019-2020. A super majority of the Board members, consisting of three judges and twelve lawyers, participated in the Board conference call.