The Bar Foundation Board of Directors has selected the members of the 2012 class of Bar Foundation Fellows. This year’s group of seventeen lawyers and three members of the judiciary joins 223 lawyers and 32 judges, who have been previously selected as Bar Foundation Fellows.
For the past fourteen years, the Bar Foundation, which is the philanthropic organization for the legal profession and the justice system, has selected “those 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.”
The Annual Reception and Dinner to honor the 2012 class will be held on Thursday, April 26, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston. The well attended black tie optional event begins at 6:30PM and the cost is $125 per person or $1,250 for a table of ten persons.
The 2012 Bar Foundation Fellows are:

James M. Brown-Beckley
Phyllis H. Carter-Institute
Sandra M. Chapman-Wheeling
The Honorable Edwin F. Flowers-Morgantown
F. Thomas Graff, Jr.-Charleston
Anthony G. Halkias-Charleston
Carl L. Harris-Fayetteville
David W. McCauley-Buckhannon
Teresa C. McCune-Williamson
Taunja Willis Miller-Morgantown
The Honorable Alan D. Moats-Grafton
C. David Morrison-Bridgeport
Steven K. Nord-Huntington
Thomas O. Patrick-Morgantown
Cheryl Dean Riley-Wheeling
Frederick M. Dean Rohrig-Middlebourne
The Honorable O. C. Spaulding-Winfield
Ward D. Stone, Jr.-Morgantown
Charles Samuel Trump, IV-Berkeley Springs
Jeff C. Woods-Hurricane

The American Bar Association held its Mid-year Meeting in New Orleans at the beginning of the month. This semi-annual event, which includes sessions involving thousands of lawyers and judges from across the country, was re-scheduled after the disastrous effects of Hurricane Katrina had caused the meeting to be moved from New Orleans a few years ago.
During ABA meetings, there are multiple days of educational and leadership programs involving the National Conference of Bar Foundations, the National Conference of Bar Presidents, the National Association of Bar Executives and numerous other legally related entities. Several West Virginia representatives participated, including 2012 Bar Foundation Fellow Sandra Chapman, who is an Executive Council member for the National Conference of Bar Presidents.

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West Virginia Bar Foundation
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