The Attorneys Liability Protection Society (ALPS) has provided an extremely generous contribution to the Bar Foundation that will enable the Bar Foundation to continue its strong commitment to approving grants which improve the administration of justice in the state, as well as supporting a new initiative in the area of lawyer leadership.
ALPS was implemented approximately 25 years ago by state bar organizations to engender competition in the professional liabilty insurance business. Lawyer leaders in West Virginia joined with colleagues in other states and ALPS now operates in more than 20 states across the country under the brillant direction of ALPS President Bob Minto.
Minto, who is a Bar Foundation Fellow, is well known to WV attorneys for the highly acclaimed ethics continuing legal education seminars that he has conducted in the state for many years.
The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors expresses its immense gratitude to ALPS and Bob Minto for their valuable assistance for two decades and, especially, for this most recent extraordinary donation.

In 1989, the Bar Foundation purchased a building less than a block from the State Capitol and rented it to the WV State Bar for use as office space. In 2001, the Bar Foundation purchased the building beside the first one and rented it for use as office space by the Lawyer Disciplinary Board. As of December 31, 2011, both entities have moved out of the buildings into other facilities.
The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has entered into a real estate marketing agreement with WV Commercial, a well respected real estate company with many years of experience and expertise. The contact person is Rudy Henley–304-347-7500 or
Both buildings contain offices, conference rooms and on-site parking within steps of the State Capitol, the Supreme Court and state government agencies.

Among the donations received at the end of 2011 were two significant ones from James “Jeep” Wilson of Bridgeport and Robert Wallace of Buckhannon.
Both gentlemen have made end of year contributions in the past. Mr. Wilson is a Bar Foundation Fellow and Mr. Wallace is a previous member of the the Bar Foundation Board of Directors.
The Bar Foundation and its Board express their sincere appreciation to these outstanding members of West Virginia’s legal profession for their continuing support for the Bar Foundation’s programs and grants.

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Thomas R. Tinder, Esq.
Executive Director
West Virginia Bar Foundation
2008A Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25311

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