JR Clifford Grant

Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors was pleased to present a grant to the J.R.
Clifford Project to support its endeavors to showcase and highlight the
extremely successful life of Mr. Clifford, the first African American attorney
to practice law in West Virginia. Pictured above at the recent Bar Foundation
Board meeting are Tom Rodd and Kitty Dooley, Charleston lawyers, who are
Project leaders and, on the right, then Bar Foundation Vice President Steve Nord
of Huntington.
Bar Foundation’s grant was used to underwrite an outstanding seminar in
Martinsburg on the topics of human rights and civil rights. More than 100
persons attended the excellent seminar. Ms. Dooley and Mr. Rodd commended the
Board for providing the “extremely important” grant funds.
During the past five years, the Bar Foundation has awarded almost $150,000 in
grants to worthwhile  organizations that work to improve the administration of
justice and the provision of legal services in the state.

During the Bar Foundation Board of Directors meeting and the Annual Meeting on
June 7, four well known and well respected lawyers finished their terms of
office. Each of them had provided important guidance and advice in making
decisions that made the organization into a striving entity during the past few
years. The Board congratulated these individuals for their volunteer
J. Franklin Long-Bluefield-President
Steven K.
Nord-Huntington-Vice President
C. Jane
Moran-Williamson-Board Member
Eric J. Holmes-Ripley-Board
New Board members, who were elected to serve three year terms on the Board,

J. Bolen-Huntington-First Term
Jodie M. Boylen-Parkersburg-First Term
Kenneth D.
Gray-Morgantown-First Term
Harry M.
Hatfield-Madison-Second Term
John H.
Shott-Bluefield-First Term

Bar Foundation’s Officers, who will serve during the 2012-13 fiscal year

Tracey Weber, Jr.-Weston-President
Harry M.
Hatfield-Madison-Vice President
Steven F.

The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors met on June 7 in
Charleston with participation by members throughout the state. The Board’s
most positive action was to initiate an Endowment Fund as soon as its second
building in Charleston is formally sold, which is contemplated to be in the near
future. The Board also reviewed its current financial condition, approved a
balanced budget for the July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013 fiscal year and awarded
almost $25,000 in Bar Foundation grants to entities located in Martinsburg
and Morgantown, as well as a statewide activity. The Board members also made
decisions regarding its administrative operation.

The Annual Meeting was then convened with the new
Board members being elected and a financial report being presented. Then
President Joe Long presented a review of the successful work accomplished during
the past fiscal year and highlighted two impressive “firsts”-the Lunch and
Laughs with a Legal Legend friendly roast in Morgantown last October and the
ALPS Lawyer Leadership Institute in May at Stonewall

Please visit our website at wvbarfound.org


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Thomas R. Tinder,
Executive Director
West Virginia Bar Foundation
2008A Kanawha
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