The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors has set the Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner for Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston.   Both the 2020 Fellows class and the 2021 Fellows class of highly regarded judges and lawyers will be honored at this wonderful event. The 2020 annual Fellows Dinner was cancelled because of the Covid-19 virus pandemic and the 2021 Dinner, originally scheduled for April 22, 2021, has been re-set for Thursday, June 24, 2021. The increased availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, more citizens being vaccinated, and the lessening of restrictions for in person meetings demonstrate that moving the Dinner to June 24 enables attendees to have a greater degree of safety and comfort in deciding to be present for this highly anticipated event.               Social distancing and masking guidelines in effect at that time will be followed for this black tie optional Dinner. A Reception begins at 6:00 PM, followed by the Chef’s special meal and then the honoring of the 2020 and the 2021 classes of Bar Foundation Fellows. The event will conclude before 9:30 PM.   More details regarding the 2021 Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner will be forthcoming.
The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors, consisting of judges and lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, is pleased to announce the 22nd and 23rd classes of Bar Foundation Fellows!   The criteria for Bar Foundation Fellows are those judges and lawyers whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession with the individuals selected reflecting the diverse nature of the legal profession in West Virginia.   There have been approximately 400 lawyers and judges selected as Fellows over the years from the more than 6,000 judges and lawyers here in WV.   The members of the 2020 class of outstanding individuals are:   Perri Jo DeChristopher-Morgantown Barbara Fleischauer-Morgantown Carte Goodwin-Charleston Michele Grinberg-Charleston Anne Harman-Wheeling Karen Kahle-Wheeling Judge Patricia Keller-Huntington Judge H. L. Kirkpatrick-Beckley Judge Thomas Kleeh-Clarksburg Charles Loeb-Charleston Melissa Luce-Charleston Christopher Luttrell-Martinsburg Sandra Murphy-Charleston Larry Rowe-Malden Gloria Stephens-Welch Teresa Tarr-Charleston Dean John Taylor-Morgantown Justice Beth Walker-Charleston Brenda Waugh-Charles Town   The members of the 2021 class of outstanding individuals are:   Justice Tim Armstead-Charleston Randy Bernard-Wheeling Kim Croyle-Morgantown James Dodrill-Charleston Paul Farrell, Jr.-Huntington Sharon Flanery-Charleston Karen Garrett-Moorefield Lary Garrett-Moorefield Judge Michael Lorensen-Martinsburg Greg McDermott-Wheeling Meshea Poore-Morgantown Stephen New-Beckley Andy Richardson-Charleston Paul English Smith-Huntington Bob Tweel-Charleston Professor Suzanne Weise-Morgantown Anthony Werner-Wheeling Chip Williams-Beckley   Congratulations to these exemplary leaders!
Last fall, the WV Bar Foundation applied for and received a forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan from the Small Business Administration as part of the federal government’s program to support citizens, families, companies and organizations negatively impacted by the extraordinary Covid-19 virus pandemic.   The Bar Foundation Board of Directors directed that the loan funds be solely utilized to support salary expenses. United Bank officials provided valuable guidance and assistance in completing the required documents and in navigating the federal government structure.   United Bank has informed the Bar Foundation that the PPP loan has been forgiven in compliance with the program’s rules and regulations.   The Bar Foundation Board of Directors has authorized the appropriate action to be taken to apply for the Second Draw PPP Loan, which is being considered at the present time.   Again, United Bank was extremely helpful in complying with the modified requirements for the Second Draw, in addition to beneficial advice received from the Bar Foundation’s Independent Auditor, Herman and Cormany.