LARGE CROWD FOR DINNER More than 150 judges, lawyers and their guests are registered for the 21st Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on Thursday, April 25, at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. Seventeen excellent members of West Virginia’s judiciary and the legal profession will be honored during the event. 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 exemplary 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-Huntington Tom Smith-Charleston Barry Taylor-Huntington Tamela White-Huntington 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 The deadline to make reservations is FRIDAY, APRIL 19. Be there to honor your judicial and lawyer colleagues!
LAWYER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The 8th Lawyer Leadership Institute, sponsored by Antero Resources, is set for May 10-12, 2019, at Stonewall Resort near Weston. The Institute is a weekend session 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 program consists of expert presentations on service skills, leadership traits, professionalism and civil discourse through participation in interactive sessions, networking opportunities and interpersonal relationship building in an informal learning atmosphere. Here are some comments from the participants in 2018: • 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. In 2019, the participants will be limited again to twelve lawyers within 10 years or less of admission to practice law and possessing diverse experiences, who can be nominated by law offices, legal organizations or individually. All prior attendees have given extremely positive evaluations to the presentations, to the small group interaction and to the Stonewall Resort location. During the Institute’s two days, the presentations will be given by noted judges and lawyers on the topics of organizational leadership, professionalism leadership, leadership in general, interpersonal leadership, civility leadership, ethical and well being leadership and public service leadership. Registration is on a first come-first served basis. The cost remains at $499 per person which includes two nights lodging at Stonewall Resort, five meals, and all materials, as well as twelve approved hours of continuing legal education credits, including 4.2 approved hours of legal ethics/lawyer wellbeing credits. Please contact Tom Tinder to make your reservations—(304)-343-9823, or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364. ______________________________________________________________
BAR FOUNDATION GRANT-WVCAN The Bar Foundation’s primary focus is to provide grants to worthwhile organizations in the state to further the mission of improving the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to our citizens. Last year, a $3,000 grant was awarded to the WV Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN) to support its most widely utilized offering—the Online Forensic Interview Per Review Program. Twenty of the twenty one child advocacy centers across West Virginia had a total of forty forensic interviewers participate in this high priority training program. As stated in WVCAN’s final report—“We have seen the quality of interviews improve tremendously as children in WV receive a developmentally appropriate safe place to tell their story. The value of improved forensic interviewing skills at our CAC’s translates directly to the ability of the CAC multidisciplinary teams–which include prosecutors, law enforcement, child protective services, medical and mental health service providers–to bring justice and support to every child victim.” The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has a firm commitment to assist the important work being accomplished in child abuse and neglect prevention in the state. Twenty five grants totaling more than $56,000 have been made over the years. Thank you to WVCAN for the valuable assistance that it gives to West Virginia’s children during their time of need! Thanks to you for your necessary financial support for Bar Foundation grants! STAY CONNECTED: