April 2, 2017

The West Virginia State Bar

Young Lawyers’ Executive Committee Meeting

Marriott Hotel

Charleston, West Virginia

April 2, 2017

 

Minutes

 

The following members were present: Matt Harvey, Shannon Smith, Linnsey Amores, Nicole Cofer, Steve Broadwater, Ashton Bias, Brad Wright, Matthew Lockhart, Lindsey Ashley, Blake Belcher, Matthew Bradford, Jamie Chapman, Eric Hayhurst, Kyle Moore, Matthew Chapman, Angela Brunicardi-Doss, April Mallow, Jasmine Morton, Tim Litten, Zak Ritchie, Lori Counts-Smith, Justin Raber, Sam Hess, William Duty, Shana Thompson.

 

The following members were not present: Kyle Moore, Matt Chandler (outgoing member), Steven Wolfe (outgoing member), Jed Nolan (outgoing member).

 

  1. Call to Order. Smith called the meeting to order as Mr. Harvey was attending the Board of Governors’ Meeting.

 

  1. Ascertainment of Quorum. A quorum was established.

 

  1. Introduction of New Executive Committee Members

 

  1. District 6 – William Duty
  2. District 7 – Shana Thompson
  3. District 8 – Ashton Bias
  4. District 9 – Matthew Bradford
  5. District 10 – Blake Belcher

 

  1. Review/Approval of minutes from prior meeting at Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. Chapman made a motion to approve the January 21, 2017, minutes from the Executive Committee Meeting held at Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia.  Ms. Cofer seconded the motion.  The Committee voted unanimously to approve the minutes.

 

ACTION TAKEN: Minutes unanimously approved.

 

 

  1. Report of Officers:

 

  1. Chair – Mr. Harvey

 

Mr. Harvey reserved his portion of the report for later on the agenda.

 

 

  1. Vice-Chair – Ms. Smith

 

Ms. Smith reserved her report for later on the agenda.

 

  1. Secretary – Ms. Amores

 

Ms. Amores had no report.

 

  1. Update on Board of Governors’ Meeting – Ms. Smith

 

  1. Minutes from January BOG Meeting

 

  1. Lawyer Disciplinary Board/ODC

 

  1. Lawyers Assistance Program

 

  1. Revisions to Rule 8.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct

 

  1. Report of the WVU Law School Representative – Bradley Wright
    1. Public Interest Advocates held its annual live auction on March 23. The auction raised over $27,500. This money will go toward funding student fellowships.
    2. The West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest has awarded three full time, one year, post-graduate fellowships to three members of the 2017 graduating class. These fellows will work in the approved public interest organization of their choice; the award pays $50,000 toward their salary and benefits.
      1. Courtney Crowder
      2. Katherine “Katie” Marcum
  • Brad Wright
  1. Heather Spielmaker has been named the new Assistant Dean for Career Services at the College of Law. Heather is the former Director of the Center for Ethics, Service and Professionalism at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. She also earned her JD from Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School.
  2. Professor John Taylor was voted Professor of the Year. Jennifer Powell was named Staff Member of the year.
  3. The Class of 2017—made up of 104 students–will graduate May 12
  4. Clinics:
    1. The Veterans  Advocacy  Law  Clinic  and  the  West  Virginia  Innocence Project  Clinic  have  joined  forces  and  created  programming  aimed  at assisting  veterans  incarcerated  at  the  four  federal  prison  facilities  located in Hazelton, West Virginia.
    2. The Clinical  Law  Program  was  recognized  by  the  National  Jurist—the magazine awarded WVU Law second place on a national honor roll of law schools  with  the  greatest  community  impact.  The  honor  roll  is  based  on data of  the  free  legal  services  provided  by  law  school  clinics  in  2015-16. Last  year,  WVU  Law’s  nine  clinics  provided  40,200  hours  of  pro  bono legal services for more than 500 clients throughout the state.
  5. The College of Law has launched the Appalachian Justice Initiative (AJI), a group of law school faculty and staff working to address poverty in Appalachia through legal scholarship,  policy  advocacy,  legal  services  and    AJI’s  mission  is to  develop  programming  and  outreach  projects that  provide  West Virginians  and other Appalachian residents with enhanced legal services and education. Services will  include  workshops,  meetings  and  legal  teach-ins  in  communities  throughout the state..

 

  1. Committee Reports and Old Business

 

  1. Practice Handbook – Mr. Hayhurst

 

Mr. Hayhurst advised new members as to what the handbook is and how it functions.  About 90% of the handbook needs to be updated.  We aim to update it every three years.  If your chapter has not been updated in the last three to four years, then contact the author for them to update it or find a new author.

 

Ms. Counts-Smith advised that Jessica Alsop is not able to draft partnership law and taxation, but Robert “Bob” Tweel has agreed to draft it.

 

We need to ask Mike Mellace to send an email to all young lawyers after swearing in ceremony advising them that the handbook is there and providing a link to it.

 

  1.     Bridge the Gap – Ms. Amores

 

The Supreme Court did not have a vote on the bylaws at the most recent conference, but it is anticipated that a vote will occur at the April conference.

 

  1.    Lunchtime Lecture Series – Mr. Hayhurst

 

Mr. Hayhurst stated that they are trying to get something scheduled for the Spring, but are having a difficult time due to the high volume of activity at the law school during this semester.

 

  1. YLS Webpage and Social Media Committee – Ms. Ashley

 

Ms. Ashley updated everyone on what the committee does.  Ms. Bias volunteered to take over this committee and its responsibilities.

 

  1. Special Projects/Public Service Committee – Mr. Wolfe

 

Mr. Wolfe was not present at the meeting.  Mr. Litten volunteered to be the special projects/public service committee chair now that Mr. Wolfe’s term has expired.

 

  1. Update on Bar Prep FB/Twitter Project and Bar Exam Mentorship – Ms. Chapman

 

Ms. Chapman is going to start working on the Facebook and Twitter pages/groups at the end of May, after law school graduation.

 

  1. Young Lawyer Mentoring Program – Chairperson Harvey

 

Mr. Harvey was not present.  Even though the program was not officially launched by former Chairman Foster, Ms. Smith encouraged everyone to reach out to new members of the bar within their regions to offer mentorship or connections to new lawyers.

 

  1. Bar Exam Box Lunches – Secretary Amores

 

We are sharing the cost with the WVU College of Law.  We will sponsor one day and the College of Law will sponsor the second day.  Cost is $19 per box lunch plus $100 for the space to serve lunch. The Bar Examiners Office estimates that about 200 people will take the exam, but we will likely only order ~160 lunches.  We are going to attempt to negotiate a lower cost for the lunches due to the number of lunches to be ordered.

 

  1. Bylaws Revision – Mr. Ritchie and Mr. Wolfe

 

The bylaws are with the Supreme Court of Appeals for vote.  This committee is essentially just watching the bylaws as they come through the Court.  New members were not appointed to take over this committee due to its inactivity at this time.

 

  1. Department of Education Outreach

 

  1. World Wise Web – Ms. Mallow

 

There are videos, cold call script, introduction, and information on the ABA website for use of representatives.  Members were encouraged to reach out to area schools to present this program.

 

  1. Update on West Virginia Law Adventure – Ms. Cofer

 

Ms. Cofer advised that she has received three submissions from Kandi Greter-Kirk at the Supreme Court Administrative Office.  She needs assistance in grading the submissions.  Volunteers were requested.

 

  1. Mock Trial in Elkins – Mr. Litten

 

Mr. Litten was contacted by a local high school civics instructor to speak about being a lawyer.  They liked it so much that they requested him to do a mock trial.  He requested fellow young lawyer assistance during the next school year with this project.

 

  1. Budget Committee – Mr. Wolfe

 

            Mr. Wolfe was not present.  Ms. Cofer volunteered to serve as the committee member to represent the Young Lawyer Section for the upcoming year.

 

  1. Young Lawyer of the Year and Mentor of the Year – Mr. Ritchie

 

Mr. Ritchie served as the committee chair for the nominations.  There were 4 or 5 nominations for each award, and each were qualified.  The award winners were:

 

Mentor of the Year: Chanin Krivonyak

 

Young Lawyer of the Year: Laura Omps-Botteicher

 

  1. District Events for the Current Year – District Representatives

 

Several members are planning events for their districts.  The process for obtaining the funds for events was explained.

 

  1. Annual Meeting Sponsored Speaking

 

The YLS decided to form a committee of three individuals to find and retain a YLS sponsored speaker. Mr. Hayhurst, Mr. Bradford, and Ms. Brunicardi-Doss as well as the leadership will form the committee, which will meet separately.  Members were directed to email information or ideas regarding potential speakers to the committee.

 

  1. District Events for the Current Year – District Representatives

 

Representatives were encouraged to hold an event in their areas, and the process of obtaining funding was explained.

 

  1. Other Old Business

 

  1. Wills for Heroes Project – Mr. Chapman

 

Mr. Chapman confirmed that the paperwork was submitted to the Wills for Heroes Project.  Mr. Chapman is getting the documentation from Ms. Morton.  He and Ms. Brunicardi-Doss will be executing the program in their districts soon.  Ms. Morton also agreed to help if needed.

 

  1. New Business

     

  1. Implications of House Bill 2892

 

                        Mr. Ritchie advised that the bill is dead.

 

  1. West Virginia Entrepreneurship

           

Mr. Lockhart volunteered to be our committee contact with the WVU Women’s Business Center.

 

  1. Nomination and Election of Secretary

 

Ms. Amores nominated Nicole Cofer.  Mr. Chapman seconded the motion.

 

ACTION TAKEN: Ms. Cofer was elected as secretary by unanimous voice vote.

 

  1. Regional Officer Reports

 

Mr. Litten advised that the Supreme Court would be in Tucker County this coming week for LAWS Day and to hear three cases.

 

Ms. Ashley and Mr. Bradford advised as to the election of a new family and circuit court judge in their districts.

 

Ms. Mallow discussed that there is a family law judge vacancy.  Several attorneys have applied.

 

Mr. Broadwater discussed that the newly elected Nicholas County Circuit Court Judge was suspended, and Senior Status Judge Rowe will be filling his seat for the next two years.

 

Mr. Lockhart discussed the new judges in his district as well.

 

  1. Next Executive Committee Meeting

 

July 29, 2017 at Adventures on the Gorge in Fayetteville/Lansing, West Virginia.  Confirmation of rooms required on or before May 25, 2017.

 

Attendance Requirement:

 

Ms. Smith utilized this section of the meeting to advise that there will be a required attendance rule.  Each member may miss at most one meeting if they wish to have their trip to the Greenbrier paid for in 2018.

 

Additional Upcoming Meetings:

 

October 6-7, 2017: Canaan Valley Resort, Canaan Valley, West Virginia

January 19-20, 2018: West Virginia State Bar Center, Charleston, West Virginia

April 8-9, 2018: The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

 

  1. Adjourn

 

Mr. Hayhurst moved to adjourn the meeting, and Mr. Chapman seconded the motion.

 

ACTION TAKEN: The Committee unanimously approved the motion to adjourn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 21, 2017

The West Virginia State Bar

Young Lawyers’ Executive Committee Meeting

Waterfront Place Hotel

Morgantown, West Virginia

January 21, 2017

 

Minutes

 

The following members were present: Matt Harvey, Linnsey Amores, Nicole Cofer, Eric Hayhurst, Kyle Moore, Matthew Chapman, Angela Brunicardi-Doss, April Mallow, Jasmine Morton, John McGhee, Tim Litten, Zak Ritchie, Lori Counts-Smith, Justin Raber, Sam Hess, Dean Rohrig, Anita Casey, and Meshea Poore.

 

  1. Call to Order. Harvey called the meeting to order.

 

  1. Ascertainment of Quorum. A quorum was established.

 

  1. Review/Approval of minutes from prior meeting at Chief Logan State Park in Logan, West Virginia. Chapman made a motion to approve the October 29, 2016, minutes from the Executive Committee Meeting held at Chief Logan State Park in Logan, West Virginia.  Ms. Mallow seconded the motion.  The Committee voted unanimously to approve the minutes.

 

ACTION TAKEN: Minutes unanimously approved.

 

  1. Review/Approval of minutes from telephonic meeting in December 2016. Hayhurst made a motion to approve the minutes from the telephonic meeting.  Mr. Litten seconded the motion.  The Committee voted unanimously to approve the minutes.

 

ACTION TAKEN: Minutes unanimously approved.

 

  1. Introduction of New Executive Committee Members

 

  1. District 2: Justin Raber.

 

  1. Report of Officers:

 

  1. Chair – Mr. Harvey

 

Mr. Harvey reserved his portion of the report for later on the agenda.

 

  1. Vice-Chair – Ms. Smith

 

Ms. Smith was not present at the meeting.

 

 

  1. Secretary – Ms. Amores

 

Ms. Amores had no report.

 

  1. Update on Board of Governors’ Meeting – Mr. Harvey

 

  1. Report of WVU College of Law

 

WVU College of Law is going to start offering in-state tuition to any student who has a degree from a West Virginia college or university, regardless of home state residency.

WVU College of Law is also going to start an early admission 3+3 program, which would permit students to start law school in their last year of undergraduate school in order to provide them with a significant cost savings.

WVU College of Law started a new initiative for mentorship of minority law students with industry and legal leaders.

  1. Public Interest/Rural Practice Scholarships

 

The Executive Board approved two public interest/rural practice scholarships.  For each number of years the scholarship is received, then the students would have to work in a designated rural county with a limited number of attorneys.  The Executive Board is looking at a rural law program, similar to what is done in Nebraska.  This program would encourage law students to return home to rural areas and practice there so that rural areas of the state will have legal practitioners because at this time the population is significantly declining.  The program is in its infancy. They will have to look county by county to determine which counties would be the best positioned to have this program before offering scholarship funds.  They are working through the details of the program.

  1. Upcoming Meetings

 

July 28-29, 2017: Adventures on the Gorge, Fayetteville, West Virginia

October 6-7, 2017: Canaan Valley Resort, Canaan Valley, West Virginia

January 19-20, 2018: West Virginia State Bar Center, Charleston, West Virginia

April 8-9, 2018: The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

 

  1. 2017 Annual Meeting: April

 

            April 2, 2017

11:00 Lunch at Marriott

12:00 Young Lawyers Section Meeting

7:00 Banquet, which includes swearing in of new officers and members

 

April 3, 2017

9:00 – 5:00 CLE presentations

The State Bar Executive Board requests that the Young Lawyer Section attorneys request attendance from other local members of their local bar.

 

Sponsorship: Young Lawyers are encouraged to reach out to vendors for sponsorship at the annual meeting from industry professionals.

 

  1. Lawyers Assistance Program

 

The Executive Board of the State Bar voted to more than double the funding.  The West Virginia Supreme Court must agree to the line item budget request.

 

  1. Report of the WVU Law School Representative – Bradley Wright

 

Mr. Wright was unable to attend the meeting today.  Mr. Wright is set to graduate in May and Mr. Harvey is to contact the WVU College of Law to have a new student representative appointed.

 

  1. Committee Reports and Old Business

 

  1. Practice Handbook – Mr. Hayhurst

 

Mr. Hayhurst received an update from Mr. Lockhart that the author for civil litigation does not want to do it anymore.  Someone will contact Deb Scudiere to draft it.

 

Ms. Ashley is going to contact the West Virginia Director of Magistrate Court Services about drafting the magistrate court chapter.

 

Ms. Counts-Smith was assigned to partnership law and taxation.  Jessica Alsop is the current author.

 

Ms. Brunicardi-Doss noted that there is no family law chapter in the handbook.  She agreed to take over that chapter and contact Judge Greenburg and Andy Nason about drafting it.

 

  1.     Bridge the Gap – Ms. Amores

 

The Supreme Court did not have a vote on the bylaws at the January conference.

 

  1.    Lunchtime Lecture Series – Mr. Hayhurst

 

Mr. Hayhurst stated that they are trying to get something scheduled for the Spring.  Members offered suggestions of topics and speakers.

 

  1. YLS Webpage and Social Media Committee – Ms. Ashley

 

Ms. Ashley was not present.

 

  1. Wills for Heroes Project – Mr. Chapman

 

Mr. Chapman explained that the Wills for Heroes Project has been delayed because of an ethics issue regarding the cost of the “gift” of a will to the officers.  Additionally, we are not currently associated with Wills for Heroes, the actual organization.  There are approximately 10 attorneys in Mr. Chapman’s district that are willing to volunteer services once the ethics commission makes a decision.  Mr. Chapman will send a letter to the ethics commission and ODC regarding these issues.

 

  1. Special Projects/Public Service Committee – Mr. Wolfe

 

Mr. Wolfe was not present at the meeting.  Ms. Brunicardi-Doss agreed to take over the Christmas donation project.

 

  1. Christmas Donation – We discussed the contributions made this year and how we did not receive donations from the vast majority of members and that this needs to change in 2017.

 

  1. Update on Bar Prep FB/Twitter Project and Bar Exam Mentorship – Ms. Chapman

 

Ms. Chapman was not present at the meeting.

 

  1. Young Lawyer Mentoring Program – Chairperson Harvey

 

Mr. Harvey discussed the mentorship program.  Mr. Litten was contacted by a local high school civics instructor to speak about being a lawyer.  The ABA has pre-packaged information to take to schools to give presentations, if needed.

 

  1. Bar Exam Box Lunches – Secretary Amores

 

No information was available to update on this project.

 

  1. Bylaws Revision – Mr. Ritchie and Mr. Wolfe

 

The bylaws are with the Supreme Court of Appeals for vote.

 

  1. Department of Education Outreach

 

  1. BullyProof Program – Ms. Mallow

 

The videos for the BullyProof project are outdated, and it would be more appropriate to focus on another program.

 

ACTION TAKEN: Ms. Amores made a motion to utilize the new ABA program once it is created/posted for 2017 or 2018.  Ms. Mallow seconded the motion.

 

  1. Update on West Virginia Law Adventure – Ms. Cofer

 

Ms. Cofer advised that she has not received any communications from Kandi Greter-Kirk at the Supreme Court Administrative Office.

 

  1. Budget Committee – Mr. Wolfe

 

            Mr. Wolfe was not present.  We agreed to switch our funds of $4,000.00 for the Wills for Heroes project into providing a speaker for the Annual Meeting.  The line item for the Young Lawyers Section is now one large sum rather than divided into specific programs.

 

  1. Young Lawyer of the Year and Mentor of the Year – Mr. Ritchie

 

Mr. Ritchie agreed to head a sub-committee to evaluate and promote the awards to be given out annually.  The sub-committee will be comprised of Mr. Ritchie, Mr. Chapman, Mr. Moore, and Mr. Hayhurst.  We currently have four nominees for the mentor of the year award.  There are no nominations for young lawyer of the year award at this time.  The Bar Blast, Facebook, and the magazine should have them included.   The deadline is quickly approaching as the award has to be made by early March.

 

  1. District Events for the Current Year – District Representatives

 

Several members are planning events for their districts.  The process for obtaining the funds for events was explained.

 

  1. Other Old Business

 

Nothing at this time.

 

  1. Regional Officer Reports

 

Mr. Litten advised that there is a rent-to-own scam going on right now in the flood-affected areas.  He requested that anyone who has been affected by the scam should contact Legal Aid.

 

Ms. Mallow provided a report about her family court judge resigning.

 

Ms. Brunicardi-Doss updated us on the new judges in her circuit, including a former young lawyers’ president, Jason Wharton, who was elected as circuit court judge in Wood County.

 

Mr. Moore advised that there are two new circuit court judges in his district as well.

 

  1. Next Executive Committee Meeting

 

April 2-3, 2017 in Charleston, West Virginia

 

  1. Adjourn

 

Mr. Hayhurst moved to adjourn the meeting, and Mr. Litten seconded the motion.

 

ACTION TAKEN: The Committee unanimously approved the motion to adjourn.

 

 

 

December 12, 2016

The West Virginia State Bar

Young Lawyers’ Executive Committee Meeting

 

Telephonic Meeting

December 12, 2016

 

The following members were present: Shannon Smith, Lori Counts-Smith, Matt Lockhart, Matthew Chapman, Steve Broadwater, Eric Hayhurst, Jasmine Morton, Nicole Cofer, Zak Ritchie, Jamie Chapman, Matt Harvey, and Linnsey Amores.

 

  1. Call to Order. Smith called the meeting to order.

 

  1. Ascertainment of Quorum. A quorum was established.

 

  1. Nomination of District 2 Representative. After discussion of the submissions for District 2 Representative, Mr. Lockhart nominated Justin Raber to represent District 2 in the Executive Committee, and moved that he be elected.  Hayhurst seconded the motion.

 

ACTION TAKEN: Justin Raber unanimously approved to serve as the District 2 representative.

 

  1. Christmas Project.  Morton shared information regarding the two families selected to receive Christmas donations and advised call participants how to get gifts or monetary donations to her by December 23, 2016.

 

  1. 2017-2018 Budget for Young Lawyers’ Executive Board. Discussion regarding the Wills for Heroes Project took place as there is a $4,000.00 line item in the YLS budget dedicated to this program.  At the previous meeting, Mr. Chapman agreed to attempt to implement this program; however, the new sheriff in his district requested an ethics opinion as to whether first responders would be allowed to accept a gift of this value.   Due to the project being hindered, the Board discussed utilizing district funds toward executing Wills for Heroes in the future on a district-by-district basis with the forms we currently have.  Additionally, the Board discussed alternative uses of the $4,000.00 line item, including a scholarship for law students or retaining a speaker for the annual meeting focused toward young lawyers.  After discussion, Ms. Amores made a motion to utilize the $4,000.00 line item to hire a speaker for the annual meeting.  Smith seconded the motion.

 

ACTION TAKEN: The Committee unanimously approved the motion to shift the Wills for Heroes line item to a speaker for the annual meeting in 2018.

 

  1. Ms. Cofer moved to adjourn the meeting.

 

ACTION TAKEN: The Committee unanimously approved the motion to adjourn.

 

Recent Entries »