Since beginning its formal grants program in 2004, the Bar Foundation has distributed almost $190,000 through approximately 40 separate grants for worthwhile programs in the areas of public education, law student scholarships, legal services for low income citizens and child abuse   prevention. The vast majority of those funds (just less than $175,000) has been distributed in the past five years.
One program, which has received two grants from the Bar Foundation is Liberty Day, an in-school endeavor to teach students about constitutional issues. Pictured above is Ms. Crane’s 5th grade class at Rainelle Elementary School in Greenbrier County. The students studied the Bill of Rights and used Liberty Day materials as part of the learning process.
Standing on the left side of the back row, opposite Ms. Crane, is Melvin Trickett, a retired teacher and Lions Club leader, who has volunteered at numerous schools, to provide assistance. In addition, several lawyers from around the state have visited classrooms to provide their insight.


There are just two slots still available for the second ALPS Lawyer Leadership Institute to be held on May 17-19, 2013, at the Stonewall   Resort near Weston.
Participation in the Institute is limited to newer lawyers (admitted to the practice of law for ten years or less) who will have the opportunity to learn from outstanding members of the judiciary and the legal profession regarding education and professional training that will enable them to become leaders in the legal profession, in their communities and in the State. They will receive expert presentations on service skills, leadership traits, professionalism and civil discourse through participation in interactive sessions, networking opportunities and interpersonal relationship building in an informal atmosphere.
The Bar Foundation is extremely pleased that ALPS, the Attorney Liability Protection Society, will again be the Sponsor of this outstanding endeavor. The speakers are Judge John Bailey (Wheeling), Judge Michael Aloi (Fairmont), Professor Emeritus Jack Bowman and Professor Tom Patrick (Morgantown), Jessica Alsop and Elliot Hicks (Charleston) and Norwood Bentley (Martinsburg).
The cost is only $499 per person, which includes two nights lodging at Stonewall Resort, five meals, and all materials, as well as twelve hours of continuing legal education credits, with three hours of legal ethics credits.
Contact the WV Bar Foundation to reserve your place TODAY——Tom Tinder—(304)-343-9823,   or WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.



The 15th WV Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner on April 25 was an overwhelming success. More than 170 judges, lawyers and their guests from all parts of the state were in attendance to honor three judges and nineteen lawyers, who were members of the 2013 class.
There will be a photo and more information in the next issue of the Bar Brief.


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Thomas R. Tinder, Esq.
Executive Director
West Virginia Bar Foundation
Post Office Box 4845
Charleston, WV 25364



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