That is just one of the numerous highly favorable comments made by the younger lawyer participants at the 8th Lawyer Leadership Institute held this past weekend at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV. Pictured above are Brenda Waugh (Martinsburg) and Elliot Hicks (Charleston), two of the highly rated judges and lawyers who made presentations during the Institute. This year’s successful event was again sponsored by Antero Resources through the valuable assistance of its Chief Administrative Officer and Regional Vice President, Al Schopp. 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 Practice Better. Lead Better. Feel Better.-Elliot Hicks, Esq.-Charleston and Brenda Waugh, Esq.-Martinsburg 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 4.2 credits of those twelve credits in the areas of legal ethics and lawyer wellbeing. The attendance is limited to a maximum of twelve younger lawyers who have demonstrated leadership qualities. This year’s participants, who came from diverse law practices, were: Ashton Bias-Charleston Sara Brown-Morgantown William Duty-Williamson Dru Frazier-Huntington Chelsea Grossi-Colorado Ray Harrell-Charleston Tim Litten-Charleston Shereen McDaniel-Charleston John Pizzo-Bridgeport Nick Presley-Charleston 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 perfect rating of 5.0 and Stonewall also receiving 5.0. All the judges and lawyers, who made the presentations, received scores from 4.3, with several 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: • Will take many lessons from this program. A+ • Excellent training. Will absolutely recommend to other young lawyers. • I feel like I learned a lot and had an opportunity to be reminded of the importance of what we do as lawyers who lead. • The group was wonderful & I’m leaving with many new friends and connections. • Well run. Enjoyable experience. • This has changed how I will practice, communicate, lead and take care of myself. The Bar Foundation Board of Directors 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 whose sponsorship commitment enabled the Institute to be another successful endeavor!

HONORABLE DONATION Rob Fisher (Ripley), a past Bar Foundation Board of Directors member, has made a generous donation to the Bar Foundation in honor of Circuit Court Judge Debra Scudiere (Morgantown). Judge Scudiere, who was recently appointed to serve when long time, highly regarded Judge Russell Clawges retired, has been a leader in alternate dispute resolution and an adjunct instructor at the WVU College of Law. Judge Scudiere, Judge Clawges and Rob Fisher are all Bar Foundation Fellows. Hearty congratulations to Judge Scudiere and deep appreciation to Rob Fisher! ______________________________________________________________
The Bar Foundation Board of Directors quarterly meeting and the Bar Foundation Annual Meeting will be held by telephone conference call on Thursday, June 6. The Board meeting will begin at 12:00 Noon and will include the Financial Report, review of Bar Foundation programs, consideration of grants and the election of Officers to serve during the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The Annual Meeting will commence at the closure of the Board meeting with consideration of the annual report, the financial condition and the election of Board members to three year terms.