Last fall, General Ken Gray was honored at the successful 9th Annual Lunch and Laughs With a Legal Legend event at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown. The General, whose illustrious career included service as a U. S. Army Judge Advocate General, as a WVU Vice President and as a WV Bar Foundation President, decided that his portion of the net proceeds from the Lunch would be provided to the Veterans Legal Clinic at the WVU College of Law. This past Friday, General Gray presented a donation of $5,633 to the Clinic. Pictured above on either side of the General are Logan Hatch, a third year law student and a Veterans Clinic leader and Law School Professor Marjorie McDiarmid, who has served as the Clinic Program Director since its inception decades ago. When asked about a successful outcome from the work of the Veterans Legal Clinic, Logan provided the following example: “This fall, the Veterans Clinic was attending a community outreach event in the Fairmont area and met a homeless veteran who needed help regaining his driver’s license. This veteran was actively seeking employment but needed his license as a requirement for the job he was offered. With outstanding tickets in Ohio and Virginia, and no source of income, the veteran was not sure if he would ever be able to regain his license. After reviewing the issues in both states, the Veterans Clinic took action. The clinic realized that the veteran would be eligible to get his license if the tickets from Ohio were dismissed or waived. The clinic was able to get the Ohio tickets dropped and the veteran’s license restored. As a result, the veteran accepted the job he’d previously been offered and is currently working with the Clinic on a discharge upgrade so that he can receive VA benefits.” Congratulations to the students, professors and lawyers who have made the Clinic’s program a highly regarded, beneficial opportunity for its participants! Meritorious commendation to General Ken Gray for his decision to assist and support the Clinic program at the WVU College of Law!!
      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 were to be announced in this issue of the Bar Brief, but it has been postponed until the February 17 edition. ____________________________________________________
      The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors wishes to express its utmost appreciation to outstanding judges and and lawyers who made impressive donations at the end of 2019 to support the organization’s mission of improving the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to WV’s citizens. These widely respected persons are: Billy Atkins-Morgantown-“In honor of all my colleagues at Bowles Rice.” U.S. District Court Judge Fred Stamp and his wife, Joan-Wheeling Bar Foundation Vice President H. G. “Chip” Shaffer, III-Madison Hank Lawrence-Bridgeport Bar Foundation Board Member Teresa Dumire-Morgantown Judge Edwin Flowers and his wife, Ellie-Morgantown General Ken Gray and his wife, Carolyn-Morgantown David Hendrickson-Charleston Edward Knight, III-Lewisburg Anne Harman-Wheeling A Hearty Thank You to these exemplary leaders!