The West Virginia State Bar

2006 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25311
Telephone: (304) 558-2456
Fax: (304) 558-2467


Established: 1947
Total Number of Members: 8,705
Out of State Members: 2,340
Membership is: Mandatory
Membership in Other Bar Associations: American Bar Association, National Conference of Bar Presidents, Southern Conference of Bar Presidents, National Association of Bar Executives

Bar Profile:
The West Virginia State Bar was established in May, 1947. It is the mandatory/unified Bar organization for the 6,469 active practicing lawyers in the state. It works closely with the other statewide Bar organizations including the Mountain State Bar Association, the West Virginia Association for Justice, the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia and the West Virginia Bar Association.

The West Virginia State Bar was initiated through an Order of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. It serves as an administrative agency of the Court. The operation of the State Bar is financed by the membership dues and fees paid by State Bar members - no state taxpayers money is involved.

The mission of the State Bar is to improve the administration of justice in the state, provide legal services and assistance to the citizens of West Virginia and initiate beneficial programs and activities for the members of the legal profession. Two top priorities of the State Bar are the ethics and professionalism of lawyers as well as their continuing legal education.

There are separate Committees within the State Bar, covering every aspect and type of legal practice. The Young Lawyers Section is a leader in many aspects of the Bar's operation.

The Annual Meeting of the State Bar is held during the last part of April or first week of May at locations around the state. Hundreds of State Bar members attend this event to hear excellent speakers, attend worthwhile seminars and participate in State Bar work.

The West Virginia State Bar is a member of the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents and participates actively at the regular meetings of the American Bar Association, the National Association of Bar Executives and the National Conference of Bar Presidents.

Current Officers & Leadership

Letitia Neese Chafin
P.O. Box 1799
Williamson, WV 25661
Phone: (304) 235-2221
Fax: (304) 235-2777

Gary W. Nickerson
P.O. Box 2190
Clarksburg, WV 26302
Phone: (304) 624-8163
Fax: (304) 624-8183

Vice President
Dwane L. Tinsley
P.O. Box 11070
Charleston, WV 25339
Phone: (304) 346-5500
Fax: (304) 346-5515

Executive Director
Anita R. Casey
2006 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25311
Phone: (304) 558-7993
Fax: (304) 558-2467


Executive Assistant
Connie M. Blessing
Phone: (304) 558-7994

Continuing Legal Education Coordinator
Hope L. Gresham
Phone: (304) 558-7992

Membership Coordinator
Cheryl L. Wright
Phone: (304) 558-0828

Administrative Assistant
Kathy E. Henning
Phone: (304) 558-1044

Public Information & Services
Donald W. Ryan
Phone: (304) 558-8920