The WV Bar Foundation’s mission is to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to the citizens of West Virginia. The Board of Directors pursues that mission through its top priority of providing Bar Foundation grants to worthwhile charitable organizations in the state. Since the first grant was provided in 2004, grants totaling $408,477 have been distributed in five categories–public education, law student scholarships, legal services for low income citizens, child abuse and neglect prevention and the WV Judicial Lawyer Assistance Program. Last week, grants were made to three important endeavors in the state: WV Judicial Lawyer Assistance Program. Mountain State Justice-Language accessibility and outreach. Public Defender Services-New attorney training and criminal practice refresher. With additional grants of more than $75,000 being designated for scholarships and clinics at West Virginia University and its College of Law by way of the nine Lunch and Laughs honorees, the grand total of grants made will surpass a half million dollars during 2020. Most impressively, the extraordinary donation by an Anonymous Donor over the next two years will enable the Bar Foundation’s Justice Fund to exceed $1 million which will enable more than $50,000 in grants to be made each and every year into the future. A big Thank You for your support and your involvement!

        The Bar Foundation Board of Directors wishes to express its sincere appreciation to Teresa Dumire (Morgantown) and Anne Harman (Wheeling) for the generous donations that they made recently to support the Bar Foundation’s programs and services. Teresa is a Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors. Anne is a member of the Lawyers Fund for Client Protection. Grateful appreciation to Teresa and Anne for their beneficial contributions! _____________________________________________________
       The Bar Foundation and its Board of Directors wish each of you a Happy Holiday during the coming days—-Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa—-and that 2020 will be the best year ever for your family and you!