June 25, 2024


1. In Memoriam January to Date 2024

2.Career Services

3.Lawyer Referral Service

4.Membership Directory

5.Membership Portal Login

6.The WV Lawyer

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Final Days to

Complete your CLE



  • Any CLE that has been completed since July 1, 2022 should be reported NOW!
  • All CLE credits must be completed AND reported on your CLE transcript by July 31, 2024 to avoid the $200 late reporting fee
  • There is an additional $200 reinstatement fee if you are suspended for CLE non-compliance
  • Only half of your required credits can be obtained from pre-recorded online courses, teaching credits, or publication credits.
  • Live attendance is either a traditional, in-person classroom setting OR a live, fully interactive webinar where you can interact with the speakers and ask questions. Please note that watching a recorded webinar that requires you to periodically verify you are still watching is NOT live attendance. 


CLICK HERE for additional information regarding FREE online CLE opportunities, confirmation of pending CLE credits and CLE requirements. 


On June 14, 2023, an orange postcard was mailed to all Active, Active but not practicing, and Inactive Members via U. S. mail. The postcard contained instructions on how to complete annual reporting (FRD, IOLTA & Succession Planning - NOTE: This does not include CLE reporting) and pay annual fees for the 2024-2025 fiscal year. The deadline for reporting (FRD, IOLTA & Succession Planning - NOTE: Not CLE reporting) and paying annual membership fees is 11:59 p.m. September 1, 2024. 


The Bylaws of the WVSB and the Supreme Court's Administrative Rules of the State Bar do not provide for the waiver of penalties and reinstatement fees (non-military). Members are obligated to notify the WVSB within 10 days of any change in contact information (Bylaw 2.02). Notice to members is presumptively deemed adequate if transmitted using membership information on record with the WVSB (Bylaw 13.02). It is the duty of every member to keep informed about the payment of membership fees, and failure to receive notice of nonpayment or suspension shall not affect the operation of such suspension (Rule 3.03). Failure to receive the orange card does not relieve you of your responsibilities of reporting and paying your fees. 

Click Here For a Copy of the ORANGE CARD


This is not your CLE Reporting


CLE Reporting Tip

Many members comment that “live/interactive webinar” is not a selection option when submitting a CLE course for approval. When you submit a Live/interactive webinar course, you should select the Attendance option, as this instructional method counts towards attendance CLE credits. If you are submitting a Pre-recorded video course, you should select the Online/AV option to submit the CLE.


The State Bar is currently experiencing a very high call volume due to the approaching CLE reporting deadline. If you have a question about your CLE transcript or CLE compliance, please do not call. Instead, please email Samantha Chase at chases@wvbar.org, Andrew Eden at edena@wbvar.org, or Mary Jane Pickens at pickensmj@wvbar.org. All inquiries are important to us, and this will help us respond more efficiently. Thank you. 


The State Bar Requests Your Assistance

The State Bar maintains an In Memoriam list of attorneys who are deceased. The link to the In Memoriam is above under Bar Links. If you know of an attorney who has died this year, or during prior years, who are not included in the In Memoriam lists, please email Kathy Henning at henningk@wvbar.org with the name of the deceased attorney. It would help to know the date of death and, if available, provide an obituary. 

Legal Ethics Opinion - 24-01 - Adopted

Beginning in March 2024, the Artificial Intelligence Committee of the Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel sought public comment on a proposed legal ethics opinion on the use of Artificial Intelligence ("AI"). The Committee received and reviewed comments through May 1, 2024. The ethic opinion has on Artificial Intelligence has been approved. 

Click Here to View the Legal Ethics Opinion 24-01

"Tuesday Legal Connect"

 Earn FREE CLE Credit Providing Legal Information By Phone!


The State Bar needs volunteer attorneys each Tuesday evening in July from 6-8 p.m. to field legal questions from the public and provide legal information ONLY as part of the "Tuesday Legal Connect" program.


Volunteers from anywhere in the state can take calls remotely from their home, office, etc. All you need is a telephone and a computer/laptop/tablet.

This a great opportunity for solo practitioners, small and medium size law firms (adopt a night), and for those in corporate or government jobs!

Volunteers will receive 1 free pro-bono CLE credit for each two-hour shift completed. The more evenings you volunteer, the more CLE credits you can earn!

Time spent on volunteering for TLC will be submitted by Legal Aid to the State Bar in June 2025.


If you would be interested in helping in July, please email Tara Rosencrance as soon as possible at trosencrance@lawv.net


June 26, 2024

LGBTQ+ Legal Developments in the Mountain State

Host: WV State Bar LGBTQ+ Committee

Location: The West Virginia State Bar Center and Webinar

Time: 9:00 a.m. to noon

Credits: 3 credits


  • Dr. Megan E. Gandy Ph.D, WVU School of Social Work, Kaitlyn B. Samuelson, Esq. Co-Chair of the WV State Bar LGBTQ+ Bar Committee
  • Gerald J. Langan, Esq., Co-Chair of the WV State Bar LGBTQ+ Committee
  • Tara Borelli, Esq., Lambda Legal, Walt Auvil, Esq., The Employment Law Center PLLC

Click Here for Agenda

Click Here for Live In-Person Registration

Click Here for Live Webinar Registration


Facility Details:  Due to limited capacity for live attendance at the State Bar Center, live registration is limited to the first 35 fully vaccinated registrants. Attendance via webinar is also limited to the first 500 registrants. There is an increased interest in attending webinars, therefore, you are encouraged to register early to secure a link to attend virtually. All attendees, whether in person or virtual, will receive an email confirming registration. If you do not receive a confirmation of registration, you will not be able to participate in the seminar on the day of presentation.  


Note to those attending in person: If you are unable to use the stairs from the first floor to the lower level, please drive down the driveway on the left-side of the Bar Center and enter the building at the bottom of the driveway. Handicap accessible restrooms are available. If you need other assistance, please contact the State Bar 304-553-7220, in advance of the meeting, so arrangements can be made with you.

July 9, 2024 - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Learning Session for Summer Law Clerks/ Associates/Interns/Law Students

After Law School: How to Maintain Your Law License


Hosts: WV State Bar, WV Board of Law Examiners, WV ODC, and WVJLAP

CLE: This is not a CLE Program. It is an informational presentation for summer associates/ interns/law clerks/law students.

Location: In-person at the State Bar Center, Lower Level Conference Room, Charleston

Cost: Free

Click Here to Register

July 11-13, 2024

The West Virginia Bar Association’s

137th Annual Meeting


Host: The West Virginia Bar Association

CLE: 8 credits including 2 in ethics

Platform: In-person and Zoom

Location: The Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV

Event Highlights: Don’t miss this fantastic CLE program featuring eight sessions covering a wide array of topics including Artificial Intelligence, New Rules for Civil Procedure, Best Practices in Federal Courts, and more! Plus, James W. Crawford III, Vice Admiral, JAGC, U.S. Navy (Retired) -- will join us for a special presentation - Democracy At Risk.

Click Here to REGISTER and Program Information


For questions regarding this event, please email Genise Smith-Watkins at: director@wvbarassociation.org

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