TORT REFORM IN WEST VIRGINIA
Tort reform highlighted the most recent session of the West Virginia Legislature. The law of comparative fault, health care liability, premises liability, punitive damages, and other aspects of the State’s tort system were addressed. This presentation will discuss the impacts of this recent legislation on litigators and others following what is likely only the first round of tort reform in West Virginia.
Ancil G. Ramey, Esquire
Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC – Huntington, WV
A REVIEW OF THE RECENT WV SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS CASES
A review of the recent West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals opinions and orders will be presented.
Rory L. Perry, II, Clerk of the Court
WV Supreme Court of Appeals – Charleston, WV
SO YOU THINK THAT THERE ARE NO GAPS IN YOUR LEGAL MALPRACTICE COVERAGE? THINK AGAIN!
This lecture addresses the background of "claims made” legal malpractice insurance
policies and the pitfalls or gaps in such policies that may lead to an
Specifically, the lecture discusses the conditions precedent to a covered claim; sample coverage clauses in typical policies; West Virginia and other case law addressing the timeliness of reporting such claims; retroactive and prior acts coverage for lawyers moving from one law firm to another; tail coverage for retiring lawyers or dissolving law firms; defense costs and deductible issues; and, other exclusions from coverage, such as representing family members, non-fee paying clients, and service on non-profit and for-profit boards of directors.
Gerard R. Stowers, Esquire
Bowles Rice – Charleston, WV
50 SHADES OF DRUGS: THE INCREDIBLY COMPLEX ISSUES OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Understand the impact of substance abuse economically and emotionally; how
substance abuse materially affects the ability to render aid to clients
and affects the quality of the work product
Understand the mechanisms of addiction: causes and prevention
Understand how to recognize substance abuse in yourself and others
Understand resources in the community available to assist with addiction
Your duty under the Rules of Professional Conduct
Letitia E. Tierney, M.D.
Charleston Area Medical Center – Charleston, WV
EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR LAWYERS
This session will discuss employment laws that effect solo practitioners and
law firms as employers. Additionally, the recent developments in West Virginia
employment law will also be discussed.
Michael E. Estep, Esquire
Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC – Huntington, WV
TIPS AND TOOLS FOR IMPROVING YOUR PRODUCTIVITY AND COMPETENCY WITH TECHNOLOGY
How to use videoconferencing to collaboratively work with other law firms both for face to face case strategy meetings and joint document review using WebEx.
How to merge all your to do lists into one effective time management tool to
manage cases and people using Todoist.
How to easily handle photo and video documentation by the lawyer of accident
sites and/or evidence for case management, paralegal handling, file integration,
PowerPoint presentation content, etc. using GoPro 4.
Question and answer session
L. David Duffield, Esquire
Duffield, Lovejoy, Stemple, & Boggs, Attorneys at Law – Huntington, WV