|A NEW HOME FOR LIBERTY-J.R. CLIFFORD PROJECT
On October 18, “A New Home For Liberty”, the living history program depicting human rights, slavery and the creation of West Virginia was presented at the Charleston Civic Center. The excellent thought provoking educational play is produced by the J.R. Clifford Project, named for the first African American admitted to practice law in West Virginia.
The cast featured numerous lawyers and members of the judiciary, including Justice Larry Starcher and Ancil Ramey,
pictured above. The play has been presented in other parts of the state and will be done on more occasions leading up to the Sesquicentennial celebration of West Virginia’s statehood in 2013.
|BAR FOUNDATION BUILDINGS
The Bar Foundation Board of Directors has received formal notification from State Bar President and Bar
Foundation Fellow Gary Nickerson (Clarksburg) that the State Bar will be terminating its lease agreements and vacating the two buildings owned by the Bar Foundation, located beside the State Capitol in Charleston, by December 31, 2011.
The Board has already instituted the necessary process to place the buildings on the market for rent or sale and will be finalizing plans at its upcoming quarterly meeting. According to real estate experts, the convenient location and the valuable on-site parking make the properties an attractive opportunity for business and professional offices.
|BAR FOUNDATION FRIENDS
Mark Smith, the well respected State Bar Executive Director throughout the 1980’s, who presented the Bar Foundation’s incorporation documents to the WV Secretary of State’s office on his next to the last day of service, December 30,
1988, visited in October. He continues to administer continuing legal education programs in Texas and was in the state for a family
wedding. He wanted to catch up on all the experienced State Bar employees–he was amazed that Connie Blessing had retired, saying-“I thought she would always be working here!”
Two other excellent employees who provided important assistance to the Bar Foundation for many years, Hope Gresham and Cheryl Wright, have been experiencing heart and back problems, respectively. Hope is recovering from surgery and Cheryl may be required to undergo surgical procedures.
It was good to talk with Mark and our best wishes go to Connie in her retirement, to Hope and Cheryl with their physical conditions, and also, to the other well qualified staff person, Kathy Henning.
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