Update on the Law 2019

October 11th & 12th, 2019

West Virginia University College of Law

This seminar is approved for 8.26 total WV MCLE credits, including 1.0 Ethics/Law Office Management credits.


How to Seal a Criminal Conviction Under West Virginia’s Recently Updated Expungement Law

For many West Virginians a criminal history can potentially disrupt job searches and future employment. This year, the West Virginia Legislature passed a new expungement law, effective June 7, 2019, that significantly expands eligibility for the expungement of certain misdemeanor and felony convictions. This session will examine those changes and address eligibility for expungement, necessary paperwork, the process for filing, legal standards, and limitations of the law.            

Kate White, Esquire 
Legal Aid of West Virginia

Client Files: What you Need to Know

This presentation will cover recent changes and updates to how attorneys and law firms should mage their client files in the state of West Virginia            

Racheal Cipoletti, Esquire 
West Virginia Office of Disciplinary Counsel

Blockchains for Lawyers: An Introduction to the Technology and a Survey of Its Benefits to Attorneys and Their Clients

Blockchain has been described by some as the greatest technological development since the internet. Forbes recently released a list of the top 50 billion-dollar companies that are leading the way in developing blockchain-based solutions for their businesses. From financial applications to supply chain logistics and everything in between, Blockchain is being tested and implemented in nearly every industry worldwide. This presentation will give an overview of the technology, examine current use cases, and discuss future areas of implementation that are currently being explored.

William Burner, Esquire 
Bowles Rice

Update on Consumer Law 2019

This presentation will discuss the recent changes to the consumer law field and what lawyers can expect to see moving forward.   

Jonathan Marshall, Director 
Center for Consumer Law and Education

Family Law Update

Update on Recent Family Law Cases

Brittany Ranson, Esquire 
Lyne Ranson Law Offices, PLLC

The A-B-C’s of the 2019 Legislative Session

In its 2019 Regular and First Extraordinary Session, the West Virginia Legislature enacted legislation that dramatically impacted public education. This session will examine portions of that legislation and discuss its effect from a legal and practical perspective.

Kim Croyle, Esquire 
Bowles Rice

Employment Law Update


This presentation is review of the important cases decisions and trends that have developed over the past year in Employment Law.

Professor Robert Bastress 
West Virginia University College of Law

Update on the Laws of Evidence

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

Professor Marjorie McDiarmid
West Virginia Univerisity College of Law