Last month, a delegation from the Kenya Parliament spent several days in Charleston meeting with federal and state government officials. The group consisted of members of Parliament and staff persons, two of whom were lawyers. Pictured above is U.S. District Court Judge Irene Berger, seated in her courtroom, with the members of the delegation standing behind her. The delegation also had another extended visit and discussion with WV Supreme Court Justices Tim Armstead and John Hutchison at the State Capitol. Based upon their experience and expertise in legislative matters, the Justices responded to numerous questions regarding the interaction, duties and responsibilities between the judicial and legislative branches of government. The Kenyan visitors spent three days observing the WV Legislature during its December interim meetings and the conclusion of a special session. Meetings with House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, House Clerk Steve Harrison and Senate Clerk Lee Cassis enabled them to gain important knowledge regarding the legislative process. In addition, the delegation had a meeting with representatives from the Secretary of State’s office concerning election procedures and enjoyed an extensive tour of the State Museum and the Culture Center.
       The WV Bar Foundation is pleased to announce that Antero Resources Corporation has agreed to serve as the Sponsor again, for the highly acclaimed Lawyer Leadership Institute, which is set for May 15-17, 2020, at Stonewall Resort. The Institute is a weekend session for a small group of newer members of the legal profession (admitted to practice for 10 years or less), who receive a broad array of leadership skills and capabilities for their utilization as they serve as leaders within the legal profession, justice system and their communities. Presentations are made by well respected judges and lawyers. The participants, limited to no more than 12 newer lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, benefit from the knowledge received and the personal interaction with the presenters. A Big Thank You to Antero Resources and its Chief Administrative Officer, Al Schopp, for making it all happen! ____________________________________________________
     The WV Bar Foundation and the Board of Directors wish you a Happy New Year and hope that 2020 will be your best year ever!