Last week, a group of government officials from Kenya were in Charleston after accompanying their country’s young representatives and personally attending the International Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Fayette County. There were more than 40,000 Jamboree attendees from all parts of the world. Pictured above are the Kenyan government dignitaries during their visit with U.S. District Court Judge Irene Berger in her courtroom in the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse. Below that is a photo with WV Supreme Court Justice John Hutchison in the Courtroom at the State Capitol. The Kenyan officials included a National Senator, members of the Kenyan National Assembly, members of State Legislatures, and a National Assembly Clerk, including one who was a lawyer. Besides discussions with the Judge and the Justice, the high ranking visitors talked with House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw, Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin and WV Culture Commissioner/Curator Randall Reid-Smith. There were tours of the Federal Courthouse, the Supreme Court, the State Capitol, the Culture Center and a mock legislative session in the House of Delegates. Impressive presentations were made by all the extremely accommodating WV officials. The distinguished representatives from Kenya were: Honorable Petronila Were-Senator Honorable K. J. Waweru-National Assembly Honorable T. J. Kajwang-National Assembly Honorable Stanley Wakibia-County Assembly Honorable Joseph Wanjira-County Assembly Honorable Martin-Kamau-County Assembly Gertrude Chebet-Clerk-National Assembly The Kenyans expressed their utmost appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity to visit West Virginia, enjoy the extraordinary activities at the Jamboree and interact with some of our state’s outstanding leaders.

     The WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors is very pleased to invite members of the judiciary, the legal profession and the general public to attend the 9th Lunch and Laughs With A Legal Legend on Friday, September 13, 2019, at the Erickson Alumni CenTer in Morgantown, beginning at 11:30 AM, where the honored guest will be U. S. Army Judge Advocate General (ret.) and former WVU Vice President Ken Gray. Lunch and Laughs events are not to be missed. Three “roasters” will have the opportunity to tell stories and tales about the General, and they are former WVU President David Hardesty, former WVU College of Law Dean John Fisher and former WVU Foundation Vice President Lyn Dotson, with Charleston Attorney Kitty Dooley serving as the Master of Ceremonies. The proceeds from the Lunch are designated to General Gray’s choice of the Veterans’ Legal Clinic at the WVU College of Law, as well as for Bar Foundation grants. Sponsorships of $2,000 are provided a reserved table with 10 seats. Individual tickets can be purchased for $60. A majority of the amount is tax deductible. Please contact the Bar Foundation to make reservations— —– 304-343-9823—P. O. 4845, Charleston, WV 25364. A Good Time for a Good Cause!
     The American Bar Foundation Fellows and the WV Bar Foundation Fellows will hold their joint luncheon meeting in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the WV Bar Association. The joint luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 AM on Friday, August 16, 2019, at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling. The Bar Foundation Fellows program is modeled after the American Bar Foundation, and almost all ABF Fellows are also Fellows of the WV Bar Foundation. The WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved a contribution to the success of the event. Fellows wishing to attend the August 16 joint luncheon should contact WVBA Executive Director Tessa White by email or phone-304-545-6180. The WVBA Annual Meeting is an excellent educational, networking and social event. STAY CONNECTED: