On Monday, March 6, 2023, the State of West Virginia Supreme Court authorized Christopher McCarthy, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Harrison County, to appoint an attorney to serve as trustee to protect the interest of the clients of attorney Stephen A. Wickland, a deceased member of the West Virginia State Bar.

Wickland, 73, passed away on November 6, 2022, after a three-and-half-year battle with pancreatic cancer.  Wickland was an attorney who practiced law in Clarksburg beginning in 1974. Since 1976, he has been active in the Clarksburg Rotary Club, serving as Youth Exchange Chairman for several years. He was also an officer in the Harrison County YMCA and the Easter Seal Society.

On March 6, 2023, the Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel, the Chief Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel, in accordance with rule 3.29 of the Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure, filed a petition seeking the immediate appointment of a lawyer to serve as trustee to protect the interests of the respondent’s clients.

The order states:

“Upon consideration, the Court is of opinion to and does authorize the Honorable Christopher McCarthy, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Harrison County, to appoint an attorney to serve as trustee to protect the interests of respondent’s clients, in accordance with Rule 3.29 of the Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure.”

A copy of the original filing can be found here.