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34th Annual Meeting

Marriott Myrtle Beach Grande Dunes
June 12-15, 2016

Young Lawyers
Thursday, May 19, Noon
Expert Witnesses & Mechanics of Crash Reconstruction


Substantive Group
Lunchtime Meetings


More Information Will Be Emailed
Closer to the Date of the Meeting

Business/Commercial Law
April 13, 2016
July 13, 2016


Construction Law



Employment Law

Energy Law
June 2, 2016

Insurance Law

Medical Liability
May 18, 2016

Product Liability

 Safety and Health
March 17, 2016
March 31, 2016

Workers’ Compensation

For more information on meetings listed above please contact pschultz@dtcwv.org


WV Law Updates

Legal Education Reporting Period
 The current reporting period began July 1, 2014, and will end
June 30, 2016. There is a 30-day grace period so credits completed in the month of July may be carried back to meet the 2014-2016 requirement.  As long as all required credits are completed and filed by July 31, 2016, there is no penalty. Credits filed after July 31, 2016, will require a $50 late filing fee. Credits filed after September 30, 2016, will require a $100 late filing fee.
            Please login to www.mywvbar.org and download your transcript. Reporting period dates and requirements are listed on the top of transcripts.  Please be advised that we have attempted to delete all duplicate entries. If you have a duplicate entry or if any of your credits need to be edited, please contact Hope Gresham at greshamh@wvbar.org. If you do not have a password for www.mywvbar.org, please click here to request a new password.


Updated WV Bar Contact Information

All State Bar Members are asked to login to the "Membership Portal" to verify their contact information. Please go


and login to confirm your information before
May 20, 2016

 See Legal Ethics Opinion 2015-01 

  Position Available in American Bar Association House of Delegates
West Virginia has been allotted an additional spot in the American Bar Association's House of Delegates.  The spot is for a young lawyer.  Under ABA Guidelines, a young lawyer is an attorney who is 35 years of age or younger or who has been in practice less than five years.  If you qualify as a young lawyer and are interested in being considered for the position, which will begin after the August, 2016, annual meeting and will run through the August 2018, annual meeting, please submit your interest to Anita R. Casey at caseya@wvbar.org.  Currently the State ABA members' delegate is Judge John Bailey of Wheeling (judge_john_bailey@wvnd.uscourts.gov).

The State Bar's delegate is Debra Scudiere of Morgantown (dscudiere@kaycasto.com).  Either Judge Bailey or Ms. Scudiere, or YLS Executive Committee Chairperson Jasmine Morton (jasminemorton@gmail.com) would be happy to respond to any inquiries you may have.  Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2016. To review the ABA House of Delegate Reimbursement Rules click here

Corrections to Rules of Professional Conduct and Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure
  The West Virginia State Bar and the Office of Disciplinary Council want to notify attorneys that certain sections of Michie's West Virginia Code Annotated, State Court Rules 2016 are incorrect. Correct links to the incorrect sections are as follows: 
Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure 3.29
Rules of Professional Conduct 1.14
Rules of Professional Conduct 7.1 

Annual Meeting Sponsors


Please patronize our 
2015 33rd annual meeting sponsors. 
here for the complete
list and links to websites




Member News

 Todd Mount
It has been announced by the West Virginia State Bar's Lawyer Assistance Program Board of Directors that DTCWV member Todd Mount, Shaffer & Shaffer, Madison, WV has agreed to serve as the Program's Volunteer Coordinator.  The Volunteer Coordinator will serve as a liaison between the Board and the LAP Director to locate and coordinate work needed to grow the Program's capacity of meeting its mission of assisting lawyers who develop physical or mental infirmity, substance abuse or other problems that interfere with a lawyer's provision of services.  

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please contact either

Todd Mount (tmount@shafferlaw.net) or
Anita Casey (


DTCWV Executive Director
Wins DRI Award

Peggy Schultz, Executive Director
was presented the
DRI Excecutive Director Award of the Year
by John Parker Sweeney, DRI President, during their October Annual Meeting





The Civil Justice Report



Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
P. O. Box 527, Charleston, WV 25322-0527
304-344-1611, 304-344-4711 fax