HOT SPRINGS, Va. -- The West Virginia Bar Association held its 120th Annual Meeting Sept. 21-23 at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.
Founded in 1886, The WVBA is among the oldest bar associations in the United States. Several speakers presented seminars, among who were Chief Judge Irene Keeley of U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia; Forest J. Bowman; Laura Wareheim; Mark Robinson; Lawrence J. Lewis; William McKee; Dr. Tina Trudel and Melissa Watkins.
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 Howard M. Persinger Jr. Presentation of the WVBA's highest award was made by WVBA President Richard A. Pill.
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 and G. Thomas Battle.
The meeting culminated with Robert M. Steptoe Jr. being elected president of the WVBA and Andrew H. Miller of Huntington elected to the Executive Council replacing Past President Richard A. Pill. Other members of the Executive Council are President-Elect Ronda Harvey, Elisabeth H. Rose, Stephen R. Crislip, Logan M. Hassig, James W. St Clair, Nathaniel K. Tawney; Marc J. Slotnick and Pryce M. Haynes II, Executive Director.