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Construction Law & Public Contracts

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Meeting minutes - April 27, 2007

VIRGINIA STATE BAR CONSTRUCTION LAW AND PUBLIC CONTRACTS SECTION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING
November 3, 2006 at 7:30 a.m.
Virginia State Bar Building Richmond, Virginia

April 27, 2007 at 12:04 p.m.

I. CALL TO ORDER

A telephone meeting was called to order at 12:04 p.m. by Elaine Jordan, Chair. The following members of the Board of Governors participated: Jordan, Kozak, McGrath, Metz, Moore, Barkley, Rosser, Rephan, Marston, Pritts, St. Ours, Burch and Smith. The following additional individual participated in the meeting: Link Christin from the VACLE. Mauck and Alderman were unable to participate.

II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Minutes of the November 3, 2006 Meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia were unanimously approved.

III. MEMBERSHIP AND FINANCIAL REPORT

It was reported that the section has approximately $5,805 available to perform projects and mailings. This amount will need to cover the Newsletter mailing and other expenditures for the section during the remaining bar year.

IV. SUMMER PROGRAM 2007

Richard McGrath reported on the status of the Summer Program, which is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 15, 2007. The program will be with the Environmental Law Section and is entitled “Monday Morning Quarterbacking the PPEA and PPTA: Lessons Learned From State and Local Public/Private Construction Projects in the Commonwealth. Speakers are lined up and it should be a great presentation.

V. FALL SEMINAR-2007

Derrick Rosser reported on the status of the Fall Program, which will be held in Kings Mill instead of Charlottesville. A number of topics were discussed and members are encouraged to submit proposed presentations and speakers to the Program Committee as soon as possible. The program will include the normal ethics presentation and construction law update. The goal is to have the seminar format planned in most part by the end of May. Mr. Christian reported on his plans for Sponsorships and Exhibitors. Kings Mill offers the ability to have parallel break out sessions and additional recreational opportunities. Those with ideas about the program setting should contact Mr. Christian at 434-951-0034.

VI. HANDBOOK COMMITTEE

Mr. Kozak, Mr. St. Ours and Mr. Marston discussed the status of the case digests. Those with assignments should immediately return them to Greg for submission to Brett so he can update the disk. There are a number of outstanding assignments which should be submitted by May 11. There may be additional cases to digest which will be submitted to the Board.

VII. NEWSLETTER COMMITTEE

Mr. Metz reported that the newsletter is ready to go and will be sent out soon. Since it may be mailed after June 15, it should have a column from the new chair.

VIII. PUBLICATIONS COMMMITTEE

Webb Moore and Richard McGrath discussed updating the Seminar Index through 2006, a listing of all of the articles in the Virginia Lawyer, and a sketch of the duties of the standing committees. They will touch base with the Virginia Bar Association about reserving a slot for another dedicated issue.

IX. SECTION WEBSITE

Ms. Burch reported that the VSB is continuing its work to update the web site and that the template is almost completed. She reported that our section is first on the list to be completed. There will be a pass word protected area for the website. She also requested the Board to provide materials to be placed on the website.

X. NOMINATING COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

The Chair asked for suggestions and volunteers to serve on the nominating committee for next year’s officers and new board members. Todd Metz, Kristan Burch and Tim Hughes were nominated and elected to the Nominating Committee.

XI. CONSTRUCTION BOOK

Edwin Jackson of the VACLE led a discussion concerning his efforts to organize a Handbook on Construction for Virginia. He provided a power point presentation concerning this proposed book. A number of states have books of this nature, and he is obtaining copies to evaluate a format for this book. His goal is to work on this in the immediate future, and he is seeking input from the board on the areas of topics and authors. He can be reached at Jackson@vacle.org

XII. GARDNER DEMALLIE AWARD

The chair asked for nominations for the Gardner DeMallie Award for outstanding efforts in the area of Continuing Legal Education. Tom Wolf was nominated and unanimously selected as the recommendation from the Board

XIII. NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Board will be held following the seminar on June 15, 2007.

XIV. ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 1:20 p.m. Attached to the minutes are the current Subcommittee Assignments, the list of Subcommittee Duties, a listing of Construction Articles published in the Virginia Lawyer, and an index of Seminar Programs.

Richard F. Smith, Secretary
APPROVED: Elaine Jordan, Chair