On Friday, January 17, the Investiture Ceremony for U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District Frank Volk was held at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston. Pictured above, Judge Volk takes his oath of office. (Photo credit-Kenny Kemp, Charleston Gazette-Mail) An overflow crowd of distinguished guests, members of the judiciary and legal profession, public officials, as well as family and friends were in attendance. Judge Volk was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in October by a unanimous vote, one of only two federal court judges to receive that distinction during the past few years. Judge Volk had been the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge for the Southern District for four years after decades of important service as Law Clerk for Federal Court Judges Blaine Michael, John Copenhaver and Charles Haden, all Bar Foundation Fellows. He also taught classes at West Virginia University, where he received his undergraduate and law degrees. In his quoted remarks, Judge Volk stated, “I love this court and to have the opportunity to serve on it for the balance of my life is just a wonderful privilege….”
     The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 22nd Annual Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at the Charleston Marriott Hotel, beginning at 6:00 PM. The black tie optional event will honor distinguished members of the federal and state judiciary and lawyers from all parts of the state as members of the 2020 class. Just slightly more than 400 judges and lawyers have been selected as Fellows from the more than 8,000 WV lawyers and judges. The outstanding 2020 class members will be announced in the next issue of the Bar Brief on February 4. ____________________________________________________
     Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to commemorate the civil rights movement leader and nonviolent activist. It is an official day of service in the nation for citizen action volunteer activities in honor of Dr. King.