The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors, a diverse fifteen person group of lawyers and judges from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, is pleased to provide you with the 2010-2011 Annual Report for the organization.
The 2010-2011 fiscal year was one of momentous changes for the Bar Foundation—no longer administering the IOLTA program after 19 years of distributing more than $13.5 million to provide free civil legal services to low income citizens, negotiating the sale of the State Bar Center and the Lawyer Disciplinary Board buildings and experiencing very significant reductions in major
streams of income with corresponding decreases in staff support and office operation expenses.
The diverse fifteen member Board of Directors placed more focus on making grants to worthwhile charitable entities in West Virginia and succeeded in making more grants (7) for more money (almost $33,000) than at any time in its 23 year history, including the institution of a new Bar Foundation Public Service Scholarship to a deserving student at the WVU College of
Law. Twenty-nine total grants have been awarded since 2004 for more than $118,000.
There was another impressive Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner which honored 4 Judges and 13 lawyers who exceeded the high standards and criteria for the award. They joined less than 300 other Fellows out of more than 5,000 judges and lawyers in the state. The fiscal year ended with a balanced budget and the Board again received a clean audit report from the independent auditor for the previous 2009-2010 fiscal year. Important communications and interaction with Bar Foundation members were continued through the delivery of the twice monthly Bar Brief email messages and the use of the Bar Foundation’s website—wvbarfoundation.org
The active Strategic Planning Committee recommended and the Board approved new fundraising initiatives and educational events to improve the administration of justice in the state.
The Officers and the Board members contributed their leadership and governance skills in approving the necessary policy decisions during quarterly Board meetings, special meetings, numerous email communications and telephone conference calls. The Board elected three excellent individuals to serve as Officers for the 2011-2012 year—President Joe Long (Bluefield), Vice President Steve Nord (Huntington) and Secretary/Treasurer Tracey Weber (Weston)— and five Board members were elected or re-elected to serve three year terms:
Michael Aloi-Fairmont-Second term
Dean Joyce McConnell-Morgantown-Second Term
Tracey Weber-Weston-Second Term
Kathy Santa Barbara-Martinsburg-First Term
David Webb-Keyser-First Term


On Friday, October 7, 2011, the WV Bar Foundation will host the first “Lunch and Laughs with a Legal Legend” at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM.
The friendly “roast” of David C. Hardesty, Jr., WVU’s President Emeritus and Law School Professor, will have the proceeds from the event being designated to Professor Hardesty’s choice of scholarships for WVU Law School students and for Bar Foundation grants to improve the administration of justice in West Virginia.
The well known and well respected individuals who will be telling humorous stories and funny jokes about Professor Hardesty are U.S. District Court Judge Irene Keeley, former Law School Dean and current Professor, John Fisher, Business Owner Parry
Petroplus of Morgantown and attorney Tom Heywood of Charleston. Serving as the Master of Ceremonies will be Professor
Forest “Jack” Bowman, the long time leader in the legal profession and in legal education.
Information on Sponsorships ($2,000 with tickets, recognition and charitable contribution) and individual tickets ($60) is available by contacting Tom Tinder at 304-343-9823 or tom@wvbarfoundation.org
Make plans now for lunch in Morgantown on October 7, 2011—A Good Time for a Good Cause!


Bar Foundation Fellow and former Bar Foundation Board member Rob Fisher (Ripley) has made a generous contribution to support the programs and activities of the Bar Foundation in memory of Sam Aloi, Sr., the father of Bar Foundation Board of Directors member and Bar Foundation Fellow, Judge Michael John Aloi (Fairmont), who passed away recently. The funds will be utilized for grants to worthwhile charitable West Virginia organizations to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to the state’s citizens. Donations to the Bar Foundation are tax deductible.


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West Virginia Bar Foundation
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Charleston, WV 25311


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