The Best of the Bar: Digital Package

Registration: 1 for $65 OR 3 for $150

One package per person. 

1 for $65  

3 for $150  

Credit varies from package to package!

Litigation 2019

Do Ask and Do Tell: What to Do with the Non-Party presented by Mychal Shultz, Esq. (1.0 WV MCLE A/V credit) 

The West Virginia Legislature has passed legislation in the last few years that seeks to prevent a single defendant from bearing a disparate portion of financial liability for damages in civil lawsuits. Attorneys must learn to navigate this new statutory landscape in dealing with a potential party that for a variety of reasons may not be included as a defendant to a lawsuit. When must a non-party be put on notice of her potential liability? When must a demand for indemnity or contribution be made to a non-party? And what can you say about a non-party at trial? This presentation examines statutory and common law changes to dealing with non-parties, analyzes what can be done to ensure that a non-party does not escape liability, and focuses on the practical steps that a litigator can take when presented with a party that may not be made a party to a lawsuit.

Civil Procedure: Rules on Time presented by Candice Harlow, Esq., Jackson Kelly PLLC (1.0 WV MCLE A/V credit)

Will review the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, along with some distinguishing state and local rules in WV, OH, KY, and PA, about the various time limits/deadlines in civil actions, including a discussion about the implications/importance thereof.

Recent Cases and Procedure presented by Edyth Nash Gaiser, Clerk of Court (1.0 WV MCLE A/V credit)

As presented in the past at this conference, there will be a review of recent Court decisions. In addition, nuances of the Rules of Appellate Procedure will be discussed. This part of the course is specifically for those auditory learners who can read the rules of procedure once, twice, three times, and not understand their applicability. Participants will also learn how to propose and advocate for a change to the procedural rules that do not work in practice.

Current Developments: The Good, The Bad, The Disbarred presented by Rachael L. Fletcher-Cipoletti, Chief Lawyer, Office of Disciplinary Counsel (1.0 WV MCLE A/V cr., Ethics/Law Office Management)

A discussion of ethics developments in West Virginia, including recent disciplinary decisions and a discussion of practical ethics developments.

Insurance Law 2019

A Summary of the History and Current Status of Bad Faith presented by Professor Burke Christensen, Eastern Kentucky University. (1.0 WV MCLE A/V credit)

Uberrimae Fidei, the obligation to act in utmost good faith, began as a duty first imposed upon the applicant for insurance and the insured; not the insurer.  Today, in most U.S. jurisdictions, the duty to act in good faith and its companion, the duty not to act in bad faith, are duties generally imposed upon the insurers and not upon the applicant, the insured or the claimant.  This presentation will offer a survey of the 50 state statutory and common law standards for supporting or defending against an allegation of bad faith.  A uniform standard that can be applied to both insurers and insureds will be explained.

“The presentation on Bad Faith was great!” and "Professor Christensen is very engaging."

Ethical Issues in the Litigation Practice presented by Evans King, Jr., Steptoe & Johnson (1.0 WV MCLE A/V cr., Ethics/Law Office Management)

This presentation will focus on prior work conflicts, dealing with prospective clients, and what to do when you have made a mistake, with emphasis on the applicability of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the practical approach to these issues.

Bankruptcy Law 2019

Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Smart Contracts presented by Honorable Frank W. Volk (1.0 WV MCLE A/V credit)

These assets have appeal to entrepreneurs and businesses. They are also a cause for concern from regulators, and change how we perceive money, property and the banking system. Find out how to manage cryptocurrency assets in a volatile and emerging market. Learn how these currencies may be regulated by SEC, CFTC, IRS and others.

Formulating Chapter 13 Plans presented by Helen Morris, Esq. and Meagan Preece, Esq. (10. WV MCLE A/V credit) 

The Office of the West Virginia Chapter 13 Trustee presents issues that frequently arise when completing Chapter 13 plans and offers best practices for ensuring plans flow smoothly through confirmation and completion. The second part of the presentation (Bankruptcy Law & Practice Track, 2:50-3:40) concerns the nuts and bolts of completing a Chapter 13 plan, a practice exercise, and a questions and answers session with the Chapter 13 Trustee’s Office.

Family Law 2019

Mock Trial (1.0 WV CLE A/V credit)

A short trial demonstration will be presented, highlighting evidentiary problems common in family law cases and showing how to overcome the hurdles presented by the rules of evidence. Examples covered include social media posts, offering values without a witness to authenticate, business records and text messaging. This presentation will sharpen your trial and evidence skills. 

Family Law Update presented by Brittany Ranson Stonestreet, Esq. (1.0 WV MCLE A/V credit)

Update on Recent Family Law Cases

"[Ms. Stonestreet] really did a good job."

Strategic Cannabis Conference 2019

Cannabis Ethics Issues for Attorneys presented by Professor Jesse Richardson, WVU College of Law (1.0 WV MCLE A/V cr. Ethics/Law Office Management)

While marijuana remains a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, the legalization of medical marijuana and recreational marijuana in a number of states raises ethical issues for attorneys. Attorneys encounter ethical issues related to cannabis in two situations. First, Rule 1.2(d) of the Code of Professional Responsibility bars attorneys from, inter alia, assisting clients in conduct that the lawyer knows is criminal. Second, the personal conduct of attorneys is subject to Rule 8.4 of the Code of Professional Responsibility, defining as professional misconduct commission of “a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects”. Personal use may also implicate Rule 1.1 (Competence) and Rule 1.16 (physical or mental condition materially impairing the lawyer’s ability to represent the client).

Protecting your Canna-Business presented by Ryan J. Umina, Cranston & Edwards, PLLC (1.0 WV MCLE A/V credit)

Ryan will discuss the various legal and regulatory risks associated with operating hemp or cannabis enterprises in West Virginia. Topics will include federal intervention with state-licensed marijuana businesses, compliance with state regulations for hemp and marijuana businesses, interstate commerce issues for distribution of hemp and marijuana, and regulatory issues for CBD sales.

“Great job with a tough subject matter”

Zoning Issues for Hemp an Marijuana Enterprises presented by Mark A. Sadd, Esq., Lewis Glasser PLLC (1.0 WV MCLE A/V credit)

A presentation on the power of local governments to regulate and control the location and operation of medical cannabis establishments under Senate Bill 386 (enrolled) and Chapter 8A of the Code of West Virginia of 1931, as amended; landowner rights; constitutional foundations; owners’ rights; specific provisions of Senate Bill 386; practice pointers on site control and leasing; and a brief survey of local ordinances in West Virginia

Criminal Law 2018

The Front Nine presented by Professor Kirsha Tryctha, WVU College of Law (1.0 WV MCLE A/V credit)

Presentation reviewing the nine signed criminal law opinions authored by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia during the first term of 2018, spanning January 2018 to July 2018.

What's Wrong with Terry Stops? presented by Charles T. Miller, Esq., Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney (1.0 WV MCLE A/V credit)

This presentation is an analysis of the proper procedure for detention and search by law enforcement officers. If attorneys know what the proper stop and frisk procedures are, they will be able to better address the issues that arise when confronted with a Terry stop.

Solo and Small Firm 2018

New Online System for Court-Appointed Attorneys presented by Dana Eddy, Esq., WV Public Defender Servicse (1.0 WV MCLE A/V credit)

This session will break down the new online system for court appointed attorneys. Mr. Eddy will elaborate on the history and functionality of the original system, the nature of the reprogramming, and discuss the features of the new system.

Elder Law Update presented by Doreen Seamon, Esq., Seamon Law Offices (1.0 WV MCLE A/V credit)

If you are assisting your client with his/her estate plan, you must have a comprehensive understanding of the elder law implications.  Now that the estate tax exemption is so high, protecting assets from the high cost of long-term care and preserving a step-up in basis on highly appreciated assets are much more critical concern than estate taxes. Join us to learn more about these issues as well as estate recovery, gifting strategies, transfer on death deeds, probate, conservatorships, statutory powers of attorney, and updates on estate & gift taxes.

Surrogate Adoption & Other Issues presented by Bill Winfrey, Esq., and William S. Winfrey II (1.0 MCLE A/V credit)

During this presentation, we will discuss surrogate adoption and other unsettled issues. This program will give family law attorneys the tools they need to draft surrogacy contracts that are enforceable and which resolve those tricky issues that could arise.  Family law attorneys must not only have a good understanding of the key drafting provisions of a surrogacy contract, but also the many potential risks that can complicate any surrogacy relationship.

Update on the Law 2018

Update on the Laws of Evidence presented by Professor Marjorie McDiarmid, WVU College of Law (1.0 WV MCLE A/V credit)

This session will provide an update on West Virginia and relevant Federal changes in the Rules of Evidence and the interpretation of those Rules

Essential Skills for Lawyers 2019     

Law in Motion: How to Ethically Protect Information You Carry on Your Mobile Device presented by Brett Burney, Burney Consultants (1.0 WV CLE A/V cr. Ethics/Law Office Management)

Lawyers can now work from anywhere today with the prevalence of mobile devices. If you have a laptop, smartphone, or tablet, you can get your work done. Clients expect you to be accessible, and expect you to accomplish your work regardless of whether you’re at the office, at home, or sitting on the beach. But how can you be sure everything is safe? How do you know if you’re following the right ethical rules? This session will explain (in plain language) the risks associated with the mobile devices you use every day and how to sufficiently protect the confidential information that you carry on them.

Data Security 101 - What Lawyers Need to Know About Cybersecurity and Your Ethical Duties presented by Brett Burney, Burney Consultants (1.0 WV MCLE A/V cr. Ethics Law Office Management)

Clients are becoming concerned about trusting their information to lawyers. Certain clients are demanding that security audits to ensure that their information is protected. This session will ensure you have a basic awareness of the security practices that all lawyers should be following in their firms. 

Ten Tips for a Better Brief     

Presented by Associate Dean Jessica Haught, WVU College of Law (1.0 WV CLE A/V credits)

Whether you are an experienced litigator or a new lawyer, all of us are working to be more effective in our writing. This session will help you customize a set of strategic writing principles that you can apply in your practice.This lecture was first presented at the Litigation 2020 workshop and received among the highest reviews from live attendees. Don’t miss this lecture!

Emotional Resilience for Attorneys           

Presented by Director Jennifer Powell, WVU College of Law (1.0 WV CLE A/V cr. Ethics/Law Office Management)

Emotional resilience is an essential tool for attorneys. But what is it? How can it be developed? And why would a busy attorney care? Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity and stress and is a quality that litigators can develop. Resilience is commonly described as the ability to “bounce back” from life’s inevitable stressors. Legal practice is stressful, and lawyers face additional demands from family, as well as with finances, health, and relationships. We know this: all lawyers experience stress and loss. It is not a matter of if resilience will be needed; it is a matter of when. This ability to “bounce back” from stress and loss is essential to a successful practice and a happy life. In this workshop, we will talk about some of the ways that attorneys can gain the support they need, reduce their isolation, and use their natural resourcefulness to become better lawyers and more resilient human beings. This seminar was first presented at the Litigation 2020 workshop and received among the highest reviews from live attendees. Don’t miss this lecture!


1. What does each package include? 

Each title will be delivered to your email as an electronic audio or video file. If written materials are available for your title, you will also receive a .pdf file of those materials. The files will  not be available in CD/DVD/hard copy format for this package.

2. H ow long will it take to receive my  Best of the Bar title/package?

Once we receive your order, we will pull the selected files and compile your personalized  Best of the Bar package. Turnaround time for digital delivery will be 1-2 business days but may be delayed due to the holiday schedule. Packages will be delivered in digital format; CD/DVD/hard copy format is not available for this package. 

3.  I need more than three titles. Can I purchase multiple  Best of the Bar packages?

Not at this time. If you need more than three titles, please check out our  full catalog to purchase a seminar package. Rates for full seminars are $295-325 for approx. 9 MCLE A/V credits per seminar.

4. Will this be offered again in the future?

Yes, from time to time. When offered in the future, pricing for the  Best of the Bar CLE packages will be $75 per title or $180 for three titles. Limit one package per person per year.

5.  The title I need isn’t on the list of available selections. Can I choose something else?

Not at this time. We reviewed the evaluations received at recent seminars to select these titles and believe that they represent the best selection of titles in our library. If there is a title that you would like to have added to this list, please send us your suggestions.

6.  How many A/V credits can I submit per reporting period?

Per the rules of the WV State Bar, you may submit up to 12.0 A/V (audio/visual) credits per reporting period. You may check your transcript at  www.wvbar.orgThese packages are currently only eligible for West Virginia A/V MCLE credit.