Judge Donald H. Cookman, a Bar Foundation Fellow, was sworn in as a State Senator on January 31, 2013 during a well attended ceremony in the Senate chambers at the State Capitol in Charleston. He was appointed to the position by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to serve several counties in the eastern panhandle of the state.
Senator Cookman, who served as the Circuit Court Judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit for 20 years, was administered the oath of office by Circuit Court Judge Thomas H. Keadle (26th Judicial Circuit) on his last
day in that position after 28 years as Judge Keadle retired and assumed senior status. Interestingly, Judge Keadle’s first assignment as a Senior Status Judge was to preside over the docket in Judge Cookman’s former courtroom, beginning on February 1, 2013.
Pictured above are Judge Keadle, on the left, and Senator Cookman, on the right. The Senator and the Judge are brothers-in-law. Congratulations to Senator Cookman for his successful career as a member of the judiciary as he undertakes his new responsibilities in a different branch of state government and to Judge Keadle for his many years of judicial service to West Virginia!


The West Virginia Bar Foundation and its fifteen member Board of Directors have selected the lawyers and members of the judiciary to be members of the 2013 class of Bar Foundation Fellows. They will be honored at the Annual Dinner which has been set for Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston, beginning at 6:30 PM.
Bar Foundation Fellows are those lawyers and judges “whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession….” Of the more than 5,000 lawyers and judges in West Virginia, a little more than 300 have been honored as Bar Foundation Fellows since 1999.
The members of this year’s class include:             Fred Adkins-Huntington
Judge Jack Alsop-Webster Springs
Marcia Ashdown-Morgantown
Rob Berthold-Charleston
Rebecca Betts-Charleston
Professor Tom Cady-Morgantown
Judge Russell Clawges-Morgantown
Bob Dinsmore-Morgantown
Bill File, III-Beckley
Rich Ford-Lewisburg
Bill Galeota-Morgantown
Tom Hurney-Charleston
Mark Jenkinson-Martinsburg
Evans King-Bridgeport
Neva Lusk-Charleston
David MacCauley-Buckhannon
Bankruptcy Court Judge Ron Pearson-Charleston
Rory Perry-Charleston
Tracey Rohrbaugh-Martinsburg
Don Sensabaugh-Charleston
Howard Seufer-Charleston
Lonnie Simmons-Charleston
Ron Tucker-Fairmont


Many Bar Foundation Members and Fellows know Kathy Henning, the Executive Secretary staff person at the WV State Bar since 1992. For nearly two decades, Kathy provided valuable staff support services to the Bar Foundation, along with the other longtime State Bar personnel-Connie Blessing, Hope Gresham and Cheryl Petty.
We regret to inform you that Kathy’s mother, Barbara Fowler, passed away very suddenly on January 23, 2013. Kathy’s father, Charles Fowler, had provided lawn care services at the Bar Foundation buildings in Charleston for more than ten years. It was a terrible loss for Kathy, Charles, the other family members and the multitude of Barbara’s friends.
The Bar Foundation expresses its sincere sympathy and condolences to Kathy, Charles and the rest of the  family.


Please visit our website at wvbarfound.orgTo unsubscribe from this mailing, please click here: [wpmlunsubscribe]Thomas R. Tinder, Esq.
Executive Director
West Virginia Bar Foundation
Post Office Box 4845
Charleston, WV 25364


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