On Thursday, August 22, the formal Investiture Ceremony was held for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Kleeh at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown before a very large crowd of judges, lawyers, public officials, invited guests, friends and family members. Judge Kleeh is pictured above making his remarks after his robing with the other members of the Northern District Federal Court, who are, from left to right, Judge Fred Stamp, Judge John Bailey, Chief Judge Gina Groh and Judge Irene Keeley, all of whom are Bar Foundation Fellows. Presentations were made by Senator Shelley Moore Capito, First District Congressman David McKinley, judges, lawyers and friends. Judge Kleeh was appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate to fill the judicial position when Judge Keeley assumed Senior Status. The highlights of Judge Kleeh’s remarks were his personal references relating to his wife, his three children, his parents, his friends from his Wheeling home, his college and law school years at West Virginia University, his legal career and his enduring relationship with his alma mater.
      The registration deadline is THURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, for the 9th Annual Lunch and Laughs With A Legal Legend honoring General Ken Gray. The worthwhile Lunch and Laughs event is set for Friday, September 13, 2019, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, beginning at 11:30 AM. Ken is a U. S. Army Judge Advocate General (ret.), former WVU Vice President and a WV Bar Foundation Past President. The three “roasters” 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— tom@wvbarfoundation.org —– 304-343-9823—P. O. 4845, Charleston, WV 25364. Don’t miss this enjoyable charitable event!   
      The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors wishes to express its utmost gratitude and appreciation to the following Sponsors/Contributors for the 9th Annual Lunch and Laughs event on Friday, September 13, 2019, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown: Steptoe and Johnson WVU President’s Office WVU College of Law WV Bar Foundation Judy and Rob Fisher Justice Larry Starcher