Franklin D. Cleckley Presented WV Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award During August Meeting

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Franklin Cleckley, former justice W.Va. Supreme Court
Franklin Cleckley, former justice W.Va. Supreme Court
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The West Virginia Bar Association held its 127th Annual Meeting at The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA, August 15-17, 2013.  Founded in 1886, The WVBA is among the oldest Bar associations in the United States and is the oldest in West Virginia. Several speakers/panelists participated in seminars, among them  were: 

Paul Trefz, Vice President and Senior Regional Underwriter, First American Title Insurance Company; 

Mary H. Sanders
Mary H. Sanders

Judge John P. Bailey, Chief US District Judge, Northern District of WV

Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, Chief US District Judge, Southern District of WV

Harvey D. Peyton, Peyton Law Firm, PLLC

Professor Forest J. “Jack” Bowman, Jackson Kelly PLLC Professor of Law Emeritus at WVU College of Law 

James C. Gardill, President
James C. Gardill, President

Carte P. Goodwin, former US Senator

Lloyd G. Jackson, former WV State Senator

Erica M. Mani, CEO WV Red Cross;

David C. Hardesty, President Emeritus WV University, Professor of Law

Alexander Macia, President Elect
Alexander Macia, President Elect

David Kaczmarek, Sr. VP and Senior Compliance Officer, WesBanco Bank

James C. Gardill; Phillips, Gardill, Kaiser & Altmeyer, PLLC

Brian T. Gartley, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company

Judge David A. Faber, Senior District Judge, Southern District of WV;

James St. Clair, President Senior Lawyers Division
James St. Clair, President Senior Lawyers Division
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Sharon O. Flannery, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC

Rachael L. Cipoletti, WV Office of Disciplinary Counsel

 During the meeting, the WVBA presented its prestigious Award of Merit for “…outstanding lifetime of distinguished service to the legal profession and/or the judiciary in West Virginia,” to Franklin D. Cleckley, Arthur B. Hodges Professor of Law at WVU College of Law. 

James A. Russell, Business Lawyers
James A. Russell, Business Lawyers

Presentation of The WVBA’s highest award was made by The WVBA’s President, Patrick D. Deem, with assistance from Past Award of Merit recipients , Forest J. “Jack” Bowmen and John W. Fisher II, both of whom made introductory remarks about Prof. Cleckley.

Joyce E. McConnell, Executive Council
Joyce E. McConnell, Executive Council

Past recipients of the Award of Merit are Edward I. Eiland, John O. Kizer, Charles R. McElwee, Charles F. Bagley, Jr., Honorable Thomas B. Miller, John L. McClaugherty, Robert M. Steptoe, Sr., Honorable Robert E. Maxwell,  G. Thomas Battle, Howard M. Persinger, Jr., Dean John W. Fisher II, Honorable John T. Copenhaver, Jr., Thomas E. Potter, James W. St Clair, Forest J. Bowman, and Hon. Irene M. Keeley.

William J. Powell, Executive Council
William J. Powell, Executive Council

The meeting culminated with James C. Gardill from Wheeling, WV with Phillips, Gardill, Kaiser & Altmeyer, PLLC being elected President of The WVBA; Alexander Macia from Charleston with Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC elected President-Elect; William J. Powell from Martinsburg, with Jackson Kelly PLLC; Joyce E. McConnell from Morgantown, Dean of the WVU College of Law; Richard E. Ford, Jr. from Lewisburg, WV, with The Ford Law Firm; Mary H. Sanders from Charleston, WV with Huddleston Bolen, LLP elected to the Executive Council.  Lee A. Floyd from Charleston, WV with Jackson Kelly was elected President of the Young Lawyers Division  

Ms. Lee A Floyd, President of Young Lawyers Division
Ms. Lee A Floyd, President of Young Lawyers Division
WV Bar Assn. Photo

The following individuals will remain in their respective position on the Executive Council: James W. St Clair from Huntington,  President of the Senior Lawyers Division; James A. Russell with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, President of the Business Lawyers Divisions;  R. Vance Golden III, from Parkersburg, with Golden & Amos, PLLC, President of the Real Estate Lawyers Division and Pryce M. Haynes II, Executive Director.

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