A forensic medical examination room at the Randolph Tucker Children’s Advocacy Center in Elkins received necessary financial support from a Bar Foundation grant provided by the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors. In the Elkin Inter-Mountain newspaper photo, above, taken by Tim MacVean, are from left to right- Margot Evick RTCAC Executive Director, Valley Health Center CEO Jordan Godwin, VHC LPN Missy Evans and VHC Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Rachel Anger. The grant funds were utilized to purchase a complete colposcope system with additional money and materials being received from the Randolph County Commission, the local Lions Club, Citizens Bank, Davis Medical Center, as well as donations from businesses and individuals. Executive Director Evick stated, “Our long-term plan is to, of course, be able to provide those acute medical examinations outside of hours, but for now we will be during regular business hours.” Two years ago, the RTCAC assisted 143 new children, conducted 117 forensic interviews and made 40 therapy referrals. Congratulations to the RTCAC for the important services it provides to the children and families in Randolph and Tucker counties! Thank You to the judges and lawyers in the state who support the Bar Foundation and its impressive grants program!
          Recently, the WV Living magazine, a respected statewide publication, announced its Wonder Women for this year. Wonder Women are “the movers and shakers, the makers, the can-doers and glass ceiling-breakers. These Appalachian women bring the mountain spirit to everything they do…they are building a better state.” Three Bar Foundation Fellows are among this distinguished group. They are U.S. District Court Judge Irene Berger, WV Corrections Commissioner Betsy Jividen and WVU College of Law Professor Marjorie McDiarmid. These three distinguished leaders have exceeded the Fellows criteria during their careers by having “demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession….” Congratulations to Judge Berger, Commissioner Jividen and Professor McDiarmid!
          The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors wishes to express its sincere appreciation to Judge Edwin Flowers and his wife, Ellie, (Morgantown) for their recent generous donation. Judge Flowers, a Bar Foundation Fellow, has served his local community and the state as a top state government official, a WV Supreme Court Justice, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge, a WVU Vice President and on many boards and commissions. Ellie was the Assistant Dean for Career Services at the WVU College of Law for more than two decades during which time she helped thousands of students secure employment. The law students she guided and advised undoubtedly reads like a Who’s Who list of judges and lawyers here in West Virginia and around the country. Thank you to Judge Edwin Flowers and to Assistant Dean Ellie Flowers!