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Clarence E. Martin, III Honored by 1,000-Year-Old Catholic Humanitarian Order

Martin & Seibert, L.C. attorney and lifelong West Virginian Clarence E. Martin, III was inducted into the Order of Malta during an Investiture Mass and Ceremony at Saint Matthewís Cathedral in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 18, 2000.

The Order was founded in Jerusalem during the Crusades to care for sick and poor pilgrims and was approved as an independent Order in the year 1113. The Order has 12,000 members worldwide, 3,000 of them in the United States. Martin is currently the second member from West Virginia. Order members are charged with the dual mission of defending the faith and service to the sick and poor worldwide.

Candidates are admitted into the Order of Malta based on leadership in their profession or business, evidence of faith in their professional activities, and a record of active, personal volunteer service to the poor and sick. After review by an Admissions Committee and Board of Directors, candidates are required to participate in a full year of formation before their names are approved by the Vatican.

Attorneys Sworn into Virginia Court

E. Kay Fuller was recently sworn into the Eastern District of Virginia. She is now licensed to practice law in the federal courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia as well as all state courts in Virginia.

The Eastern District of Virginia has divisions in Alexandria, Norfolk, Newport News and Richmond.

Suzan Singer Publishes Fifth Book

Martin and Seibert, L.C. attorney Suzan Singer in January had her fifth book published. The book, titled Wills, Trusts, and Estates, was published by Prentice Hall. 

Her previous books have included Collecting Child Support and Legal Research Made Easy.

 

Law Review Article Written by Michele Dearing is Published

An article written by Michele L. Dearing has been Published in the latest edition of the University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review.

The article, entitled, "Multinational Enterprises and Human Rights," discusses the rise and power of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and their impact on the global economy and human rights.  In it, Ms. Dearing points out that "some MNEs have more to say about policies that govern international trade and finance than do many of the less developed countries."

Ms. Dearing is a graduate of the University of Miami Law School and has been an attorney in the Martin & Seibert, L.C. litigation practice since 1999.

Bill Ford Receives Governor's Award for Promoting West Virginia Tourism

Bill Ford, an attorney with Martin & Seibert, L.C., was recently honored by the Governor's Conference on Tourism for his work in promoting West Virginia tourism.  

In addition to his work as an attorney, Mr. Ford owns Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Tours, Rentals, and Transportation of West Virginia, a company based in Charles Town, West Virginia, that organizes motorcycle tours of West Virginia.

During a ceremony held at Snowshoe Resort, Mr. Ford was praised for his company's work and presented with the prestigious Mountain State Award, which is given to a community, organization, special event or attraction that stands out because of its unique appeal, media coverage, its creative approach and/or its enhancement of community pride.  

Because of West Virginia's beautiful scenery and winding country roads, clients come from as far away as Europe to take Mountain Thunder Tours, which feature Harley Davidson and BMW motorcycles.  "This is really a labor of love.  West Virginia is one of the most beautiful places imaginable to ride a motorcycle, and we feel tremendously honored to be recognized by Governor Underwood and the State Division of Tourism."

When he's not riding, Mr. Ford is a litigation attorney in Martin & Seibert's main office in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

MAGAZINE OF PRIVATE FOUNDATION HIGHLIGHTS CONTRIBUTIONS OF CLARENCE E. MARTIN, III

Martin & Seibert, L.C. Senior Shareholder Clarence E. Martin, III's contributions to the Discover the REAL West Virginia Foundation are highlighted in the latest issue of the foundation's magazine.  

Martin first became involved with a program called Discover the REAL West Virginia in 1988 when he lead the local effort, in partnership with U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, to bring outside businesses to West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.  The success of that  program prompted Sen. Rockefeller to set up the Discover the REAL West Virginia Foundation in 1993. 

Asked to be a founding member by Sen. Rockefeller, Martin has also served as the foundation's only president since its creation.

The foundation exists to facilitate investment, trade, and economic development  in West Virginia.  As part of its efforts, the foundation has sponsored three highly successful trade missions with Senator Rockefeller to Taiwan, Japan, and China.  A fourth trade mission to Japan and China is scheduled for later this year.

For a copy of the magazine, contact DRWV Executive Director Sara Dearing at the Foundation's Office in Charleston, West Virginia.

DRWV Foundation
405 Capitol Street, Suite 512
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 345-0700
[email protected]

 

DALE A. BUCK NAMED A MARTIN & SEIBERT, L.C. SHAREHOLDER

Dale A. Buck, a Martin & Seibert, L.C. attorney since 1997, has been named the firm's newest shareholder.  The announcement was made on July 14, 2000, at the firm's annual summer gathering.

Dale practices primarily in the areas of insurance litigation, bad faith, and contract disputes.

He joins existing shareholders Walter M. Jones, III, Clarence E. Martin, III, Susan R. Snowden, and E. Kay Fuller.

KRISTY D. JONES EARNS CLA CERTIFICATION

Kristy Jones, a Martin & Seibert, L.C. paralegal since 1997, has successfully completed the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc., examination program, thereby earning the designation of Certified Legal Assistant.

The NALA, which has a membership of over 19,000, established the CLA in 1976 as a way of providing for voluntary professional credentialing for legal assistants.  Applicants must successfully complete a two-day examination process in order to receive the CLA certification.  Thereafter, they must submit continuing education credits in order to maintain their certification.

Ms. Jones primarily works on WV Workers' Compensation issues and civil litigation cases.

WEST VIRGINIA EXECUTIVE MAGAZINE ARTICLE WRITTEN
BY MARTIN & SEIBERT, L.C. ATTORNEY

West Virginia Executive Magazine's Spring 2000 issue features an article written by Martin & Seibert, L.C. Shareholder Susan R. Snowden.  The article explains some of the employment issues facing corporations today, as well as why  company executives should ensure that they are taking a proactive stance towards these issues and how that stance can pay off in reduced numbers of employment claims.

If you would like a copy of this article, please contact us at [email protected]

West Virginia Executive Magazine is a quarterly publication owned by Comar, Inc. of Cross Lanes, West Virginia.  If you would like more information about the their magazine, you can find them on the world wide web at http://www.wvexecutive.com.

ARTIST TRANSFORMS MARTIN & SEIBERT, L.C. BOARDROOM

As seen through a camera's fisheye lens, Artist Virginia McLaughlin transforms the walls of the Martin & Seibert, L.C. boardroom into a panorama of West Virginia landmarks and outdoor scenes.

Ms. McLaughlin is a nationally-known artist who specializes in the ďZuborĒ style of painting.  These paintings were popular substitutes in early 18th century America for expensive and hard to get French wallpaper.  The style is kept alive today by a small number of artists who are hired by homeowners, historical societies, corporations and others to turn walls into works of art.

The Martin & Seibert, L.C. boardroom took almost three months to complete and was finished in March.  It includes renditions of many well-known places such as Harperís Ferry, Morganís Chapel, the New River Gorge Bridge, Seneca Rocks, and the Martinsburg B&O Roundhouse.

MARTIN FAMILY ATTORNEYS PROFILED IN MAGAZINE ARTICLE

CEM Martin III, his father, and his grandfather are profiled in a feature article in the latest edition of Contact, the magazine of Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law.  All three Martins are graduates of the school, and the article traces their lives in law and public service.

 

Clarence Martin, Sr. founded Martin & Seibert in 1908.  Eventually, his son, Clarence Martin, Jr. took over operation of the firm. Today, CEM Martin III is the firm's senior shareholder.

Martinsburg Office Expansion now Complete

A construction project begun in August 1999 to expand Martin & Seibert's main office in Martinsburg, West Virginia, is now complete.  The project, which added 1,780 square feet to its existing office building, was undertaken in order to provide additional space for the firm's growing business and collections law practices.

"It became clear to us in the Spring of 1999 that additional space was going to be needed in Martinsburg.  With the seven new offices, we now have well over 23,000 square feet," said Walter Jones, managing shareholder at Martin and Seibert, L.C.

The Winchester Avenue location has been Martin and Seibertís main office since 1996. The building was purchased by the firm in 1994 and underwent a total renovation during the next two years.

The need for more space has also prompted the firm to re-open itís South College Street offices in downtown Martinsburg, which had been closed since the move to Winchester Avenue.


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Contemporary Retirement Television Program
Co-hosted by Martin & Seibert, L.C. Attorney

Bradley C. Snowden appears every Sunday morning on NBC affiliate WHAG-TV 25 in Hagerstown, Maryland, on Contemporary Retirement, a program that addresses retirement planning. The program, which airs at 7:30 a.m., features speakers who work in the fields of law, medicine, financial planning, insurance, and estate planning and is aimed at providing answers to the public about being financially secure during their retirement years.


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Kirk H. Bottner to Teach at Shepherd College

Kirk H. Bottner will teach General Law at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, during the 2000 Spring semester. The course is designed as an overview of the American legal system for undergraduate students who are considering law school. Mr. Bottner previously was an adjunct faculty member at Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia.


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Growth Prompts Office Expansion Project

Martin & Seibert, L.C., has begun work on an expansion of its main offices at 1164 Winchester Avenue, Martinsburg, West Virginia. The additional space is needed to keep pace with the growth of the firmís business and collections law practices. Construction began on August 9, 1999, and is expected to continue through December 1999. In all, 1,780 square feet will be added to the building, for a total 23,460 square feet.

"The firmís growth and the need for expansion are a direct result of the economic vitality of the Eastern Panhandle and the areas that surround it. As the business sector grows, the demand for our services increases," said Walter Jones, managing shareholder at Martin and Seibert, L.C.

The Winchester Avenue location has been Martin and Seibertís main office since 1996. The building was purchased by the firm in 1994 and underwent a total renovation during the next two years.

"When we moved into this building in 1996, we thought that any expansions would be at least five years away. Weíve grown at a faster rate than projected, though. As a result, we are adding on after just three years, not five." said Clarence "Cem" Martin, the firmís senior shareholder.

The need for more space has also prompted the firm to re-open itís South College Street offices in downtown Martinsburg, which had been closed since the move to Winchester Avenue.


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