WVBA Announces New Executive Council Members

March 10, 2021

The West Virginia Bar Association is pleased to announce its three newest members of the Executive Council.  Jessica Justice Stolarik and Rebecca M. Tinder were elected as Executive Council members.  H. Hampton Rose, IV, was elected as Real Estate Lawyers Division Chair, which has a seat on the Executive Council.

“We are delighted to find three lawyers of this caliber, with diverse backgrounds and professional experiences, who are willing to give their time to serve on the Executive Council,” said Carte Goodwin, President of the WVBA.  “Thanks to leaders like this, the Association can continue to grow and serve our members in innovative and exciting ways.”

Jessica Justice Stolarik served as the first Assistant Dean and Director of West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (WVCLE) which was jointly sponsored by the WVU College of Law and The West Virginia State Bar for 36 years.  With her leadership, WVCLE provided a comprehensive curriculum of courses for attorneys via live seminars throughout WV, multistate satellite delivered courses, the first online interactive live streaming WV legal seminars, the first summer school for attorneys, as well as the first video and digital library of courses designed for WV lawyers.  Before she retired in 2017, Jessica was responsible for raising funds to design and build a state-of-the-art addition to the College of Law for the WVCLE program.  She has served on several boards including the American Association of Law Schools CLE Committee, the national Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators, the American Judicature Society, the West Virginia Law Institute, and the West Virginia Advocates.  Jessica served on the WV Supreme Court’s Gender Fairness Task Force and its Access to Justice Commission as well as numerous state bar committees.  She received The WV State Bar’s Certificate of Merit and is a WV Bar Foundation Fellow.  Jessica resides in Morgantown where she enjoys spending more time with her husband, Brian, and son, Bryan, and volunteers with activities for the benefit of children and adults with developmental challenges.

Before retirement from Bowles Rice LLP, Rebecca Tinder enjoyed a general law practice as both a solo practitioner in Morgantown, WV and Bluefield, WV and as a member of a small firm, Bell & Griffith, LLC. In 2000, Rebecca was drawn to Charleston to represent the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (2000-2005), where she worked cooperatively with the Board and Department in the various areas of education and oversight.  Rebecca practiced law privately at Bowles Rice LLP beginning in 2005, specializing in education and labor law, and retiring as a member from the practice in 2019.  She serves as the State Coordinator for the We the People and Project Citizens Program, along with serving on many other professional and civic boards.  Rebecca lives in Charleston, WV with her husband, Tom Tinder.

H. Hampton Rose, IV, is a member with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC’s Charleston, WV office. Hampton’s multi-faceted practice is rooted in a desire to get things done.  Even as a 4thgeneration West Virginia lawyer, Hampton took a unique path to his profession.  Prior to law school, Hampton operated heavy equipment in West Virginia coal mines and remains certified as a black hat miner.  Hampton’s clients depend on him when engaged in commercial transactions and related financing, often involving mineral assets and real estate.  Hampton, who is a registered lobbyist, represents clients in a broad array of industries before the West Virginia Legislature to shape policy on issues vital to their success.  He is an active member in various industry and civic organizations throughout the state, including the WV Oil & National Gas Association, the Contractors Association of West Virginia, and the Rotary Club of Charleston.  Hampton lives in Charleston, WV with his wife, Whitney Rose, and their two sons.

“The West Virginia Bar Association has strong leadership from a board that possesses vast knowledge, experience, and expertise,” said Tessa M. White, Executive Director of the WVBA.  “We are incredibly lucky to maintain a board that is committed to the viability and success of our organization.

“Our signature events include our Bench & Bar Celebration, Real Estate Conference, Annual Meeting, and Pig Roast.  We have recently added monthly webinars and a multiple employer 401(k) plan to member practices.  While we continue to add more membership benefits, I am excited to see what’s in store for our members in years to come.”

The 2020-2021 Executive Council members are: President, Carte P. Goodwin, Frost Brown Todd LLC; President-Elect, Tracey B. Eberling, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC; Sandra M. Chapman, Casey & Chapman, PLLC; Robert D. Fisher, Adams, Fisher & Chappell, PLLC; Paul J. Prunty, Prunty Law Office; Jessica J. Stolarik; Rebecca M. Tinder; Real Estate Lawyers Division Chair, H. Hampton Rose, IV, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC; Young Lawyers Division Chair, Joseph A. (Jay) Ford, Spilman Thomas and Battle, PLLC; Immediate Past President, Ashley A. French, Cipriani & Werner PC; and Executive Director, Tessa M. White, ex officio member.

The West Virginia Bar Association is the state-wide voluntary membership organization for attorneys and professionals in the legal community.  It serves as a resource to the legal profession with the goal of fostering a culture of collegiality, ethics, courtesy, and professionalism.  The organization strives to enhance the success and well-being of its members through education, networking, leadership, and professional development.  Please visit www.wvbarassociation.org for more information or to join.


Contact: Tessa M. White, Executive Director

The West Virginia Bar Association