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UPDATE ON THE LAW 2015: MOUNTAINEER SERIES-CD SEMINAR-(1290-1606)UPDATE ON THE LAW 2015: MOUNTAINEER SERIES-CD SEMINAR-(1290-1606)
$325.00

UPDATE ON THE LAW 2015
Recorded October 9 - 10, 2015


DISCOVERY REFORM - AGAIN:  HOW THE NEW RULES OF FEDERAL CIVIL PROCEDURE WILL CHANGE YOUR PRACTICE
Significant changes to the discovery provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been brewing over the last several years. 
Controversy has followed from the start.  This program reviews the new rules that are set to take effect on December 1 of this year –
changes that will alter a wide range of understandings from the definition of the scope of discovery to the standards for sanctions. 
Professor Charles R. DiSalvo
WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WV

TORTS & INSURANCE LAW UPDATE
This session will review several recent tort and insurance law decisions and their impact on subsequent litigation.  This session will also discuss cases currently before the Court which will affect tort and insurance jurisprudence.  The issues presented in those cases will be discussed as will their impact on future litigation.
Professor Thomas C. Cady
WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WV
Vincent J. King, Esquire
Cross Lanes, WV

THE STEUBENVILLE RAPE CASE: A LEGAL ANALYST’S PERSPECTIVE
Weirton attorney Michael Nogay served as the local NBC on-air legal
analyst for WTOV9 in the Steubenville Rape Case -- which started a
national dialogue regarding rape, high school sports and social media.
Two juvenile high school football players were arrested in 2012 and
later convicted in a public bench trial of raping the female victim.
Posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and screen shots of cell
phone text messages helped Ohio State investigators unravel what 
happened that night. The juvenile trial attracted hundreds of reporters
from around the globe, including journalists from Al Jazeera, ESPN,
and The New Yorker magazine. Mr. Nogay will discuss the trial and
what he believes are the long-term ramifications of social media in
criminal cases.
Michael E. Nogay, Esquire
Sellitti, Nogay & McCune, PLLC – Weirton, WV

ELDER LAW UPDATE – PART 1
This presentation will provide an overview of Medicaid basics and Medicaid planning, including:
- Personal care contracts
- The married couple:  Protecting the community spouse
- Ways to reduce excess available assets without causing Medicaid    disqualification
- Transfer of assets
- Protecting the homestead and other real estate
Gerald W. Townsend, Esquire
Fluharty & Townsend – Parkersburg, WV                               
UPDATE ON EVIDENCE
A little over a year ago, the WV Supreme Court of Appeals amended the 
Evidence Rules.  Don't get caught short in your next trial. Learn what the new rules are all about.
Professor Marjorie A. McDiarmid
WVU College of Law - Morgantown, WV

ELDER LAW UPDATE – PART 2
Gerald W. Townsend, Esquire
Fluharty & Townsend – Parkersburg, WV

FAMILY LAW UPDATE
This presentation will discuss the United States Supreme Court Obergefell
case legalizing same sex marriage; the impact of legislative updates and
the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals cases over the last 12 months;
and how to stay current with your family law practice.
Andrew S. Nason, Esquire
Pepper and Nason – Charleston, WV

COMMERCIAL LAW UPDATE
The Update of Commercial Law provides a general overview of
selected recent and significant changes in the law affecting West
Virginia lawyers with a corporate, banking and business law practice.
This presentation includes cases decided during the late fall of 2014
and early 2015 by the West Virginia Supreme Court and selected
federal court cases decided during that period.  Generally, insurance
cases, employment law cases and memorandum decisions are not
included.  The Update also addresses statutes enacted by the West
Virginia Legislature during the 2015 Legislative Session.
Charles D. Dunbar, Esquire
Jackson Kelly, PLLC – Charleston, WV

UPDATE ON THE NEW AMENDMENTS TO THE WEST VIRGINIA RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND OTHER LEGAL ISSUES
On January 1, 2015, significant amendments were made to the WV Rules of Professional Conduct, by order of the WV Supreme Court of Appeals. Nearly every Rule of Professional Conduct and/or official comment has been amended. This presentation will highlight the impact of these new rules and other ethical issues.
Renee N. Frymyer, Esquire
WV Office of Disciplinary Counsel – Charleston, WV

SHALE PLAY UPDATE
The Shale Play Update provides a general overview of judicial decisions,
legislation, and regulation affecting stakeholders ranging from property
owners to the regulated community. This presentation generally will focus
on developments in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, but will include
selected developments outside the Marcellus and Utica shale plays.
Joseph V. Schaeffer, Esquire
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC – Morgantown, WV

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE
This session will review several recent employment law
decisions and their impact on subsequent litigation. This
session will also discuss cases currently before the West
Virginia and U.S. Supreme Court which will affect
employment law jurisprudence.  Additionally, the Obergefell
case recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court will be
discussed and the impact of same sex marriage on employment law.
Professor Robert M. Bastress
WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WV


FARM TRANSITION
"Farm transition” refers to the process of passing the farm business to the
next generation, or to a third party if no family members wish to continue
the farm business. The process is also referred to as farm business
succession. Farm transition also involves transfer of management
responsibilities and control of the business. The issue of heir’s property
and appropriate titling of property will also be addressed. Choice of
business entity, use of multiple entities, and business agreements prove
essential to the process. Sample business agreement provisions will be included.
Professor Jesse J. Richardson, Jr.
WVU College of Law 
Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Clinic – Morgantown, WV

BANKRUPTCY LAW UPDATE
Decisions From The United States Supreme Court, The 4th
Circuit Court Of Appeals, and The Northern and Southern
U.S. District Courts Of West Virginia will be discussed.
Andrew S. Nason, Esquire
Pepper and Nason – Charleston, WV
UPDATE ON 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.
Teresa C. Toriseva, Esquire
Toriseva Law - Wheeling, WV

CHANGES IN CITATIONS IN THE 20TH EDITION OF
THE BLUE BOOK
First published in 1926 as A Uniform System of Citation,
the Bluebook has become the nation’s primary guide for
legal citation. The new recently-released 20th edition has
made a number of significant changes to the publication.
This presentation will offer an overview of the Bluebook
and highlight some of the significant changes in the new
edition.
Mark W. Podvia, Head of Public Service
WVU College of Law – Morgantown, WV

 
This seminar is accredited for 15.2 WV MCLE credits, including 2.0 Ethics/L.O.M. credits. 
 

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