Eleventh Annual Lawyer Leadership Institute

The 11th Bar Foundation Lawyer Leadership Institute held on May 19-21 at Stonewall Resort was a “great experience”, as stated by one of the twelve diverse younger lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice in attendance!

Pictured above on the left is U.S. District Court Judge John Bailey making his highly rated presentation on “Professionalism Leadership” to the group. On the right is a picture taken during the Leadership in Lawyer Well-Being presentation, with Chief Justice Beth Walker and Karen Kahle presenting. Special guests included in this picture are WVBF Board Member Ann Haight, WVJLAP Clinical Director Stephanne Thornton, and Michele Grinberg, WVBF 2020 Fellow.

The Institute’s Sponsor again this year was Antero Resources with its Regional Senior Vice President Kevin Ellis teaming with Lauren Turner to provide their perspective as lawyers here in West Virginia regarding “Leadership Traits”.

The Institute’s objective is to provide newer lawyers with specific education and professional training that will enable them to become leaders in the legal profession, in their communities and in the State. The featured judges and lawyers have well known expertise and knowledge in leadership skills. The complete schedule of speakers and their topics were:

Professionalism Leadership-U.S. District Court Judge John Bailey-Wheeling

Interpersonal Leadership-U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Aloi-Clarksburg

Leadership in Lawyer Well-being-WV Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker-Charleston and Karen Kahle, Esq.-Wheeling

Public Service Leadership-25th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Stacy L. Nowicki-Eldridge-Madison

Organizational and Civility Leadership-Brenda Waugh, Esq.-Martinsburg

Ethical Leadership-Norwood Bentley, Esq.-Martinsburg

Leadership Traits-Kevin Ellis, Esq.-Morgantown and Lauren Turner, Esq.-Bridgeport

The outstanding younger lawyers in attendance were:


The West Virginia Bar Foundation will host its Annual Meeting virtually on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. Members will elect Directors to fill the five seats whose terms are 2023-2026.

Nominations have been made as follows:

  • Judge Jack Alsop – Webster Springs
  • Ann Haight – Charleston
  • David Morrison – Bridgeport
  • John Taylor – Morgantown
  • Charles “Chazz” Printz, Jr. – Martinsburg

To RSVP and receive a Zoom link, contact Tessa White at tessa@wvbarfoundation.org or (304)394-4751.



  • WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors Meeting – June 1, 2023, 12:00 PM – Zoom.
  • WV Bar Foundation Annual Meeting – June 1, 2023, 1:00 PM – Zoom.
  • Twelfth Annual Lunch & Laughs with a Legal Legend – Friday, September 15, 2023 – The Erickson Alumni Center, Morgantown, WV.