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Meeting Minutes - June 17, 2011

Minutes of Virginia State Bar Construction & Public Contracts Law Section

Board of Governors

Holiday Inn
Virginia Beach, VA (VSB Annual Meeting)

Present at meeting (in person or by phone):  Todd Metz (Chair), Kristan Burch (Vice Chair), Brett Marston (Secretary), Greg St. Ours (Immediate Past Chair), Christopher Boynton, Shannon Briglia, Sean Howley, Fred Kozak, Barrett Lucy, Richard McGrath, Derrick Rosser, Jennifer Mahar, Hannah Blake, Chris Hill

Absent:  Mike Branca, Webb Moore, Steve Test, Hon. Robert M.D. Turk; Hobie Andrews

Chair Todd Metz called the meeting to order.

A motion was made and seconded for approval of the minutes from the May 10, 2011 board meeting.  The minutes were approved by unanimous vote.

Newsletter Committee
Sean Howley raised the issue of whether members had received the latest edition of the section newsletter, by electronic or regular mail.  Issues with problematic delivery are being addressed.

Membership/Financial Report
Sean Howley reported on additional opportunities for networking within the section that are being considered.  These include having regional/local meetings for members in certain areas of the state.  There was discussion of timing the Richmond area meeting with the September meeting of the Board.  Sean was looking for additional non-board members to serve on a committee to help organize the regional/local meetings.

Summer Program
Todd Metz reported that the program on the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act was very good, with good attendance.  Todd agreed to take leadership on next summer’s program.  Thanks to Chris Boynton for setting up a board dinner for Thursday evening.

Fall Seminar Committee
No report.  Kristan Burch was to follow-up with Shannon Briglia on the Fall Seminar. 

Nominating Committee
Greg St. Ours provided the report of the committee.  The committee is recommending that the existing officers move up one position.  Kristan Burch to Chair.  Brett Marston to Vice Chair.  Sean Howley to Secretary.  In addition, the committee is recommending that Mike Branca be elected Treasurer.  To fill Mike Branca’s position on the board, and to fill Derrick Rosser’s expired term on the board, the committee is recommending Hannah Blake (Watt Tieder) and Scott Kowalski (Petty Livingston) to fill those seats.  To fill the remaining portion of Melissa Michelsen’s unexpired term, the committee is recommending Chris Hill.  The committee is recommending that Steve Test and Hobie Andrews serve a second two-year term.

The slate was brought to a vote by the membership and unanimously elected.

Handbook Committee
Fred Kozak provided the report of the committee.  Requests to summarize recent cases will be coming out shortly. The next update will be issues in November.

Old Business
Todd Metz discussed the status of the section’s use of social media and plans for future development in that area.  Todd reported that Chris Hill will be looking into the use of social media options for the section. 

Phone Seminar
There was discussion about the upcoming phone seminar sponsored by Virginia CLE on the “Top 15 Construction Law Cases in Virginia.”  Shannon Briglia and Brett Marston are presenting.

Publications Committee
The board is requesting the earliest publication in 2013 for Virginia Lawyer. 

Next Meeting
To be announced, likely in September in Richmond.

The meeting was then adjourned.


Brett Marston
Secretary