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Corporate Counsel

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Minutes Dec 04 BOG


VSB Corporate Counsel Section
Board of Governors


December 8 , 2004


1. Introduction: The meeting was called to order by Chair, Eileen Johnson at the offices of the Virginia State Bar in Alexandria, Virginia. Present were Edward Beck, David Rosenfeld, Philip Hart, Jennifer McClellan, Scott Snyder, Randy Noe, Britt Murray, Doug Callaway and Lori Kleine. Present by phone were Chris Floyd and Edith Katz. Also present was Dolly Shaffner of the VSB staff.


2. Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the meeting of September 15, 2004 were unanimously approved.


3. Membership Report: The Section now has 1043 members. We continue to distribute Section fliers at various CLE presentations and at the Professionalism course.


4. Budget: We currently have $11,831.66 left in the annual budget account. We will wait to see if we need to submit a petition for additional funds. Any such request would be to cover the cost of new members for whom we will not receive funds until the next fiscal year.


5. Corporate Counsel Rule: Ed Beck informed the Board of the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Virginia to reconsider its June 21, 2004 denial of a VSB Petition to allow non-US attorneys to register under Part two of Rule 1A: 5. The Court's decision to reconsider this issue was made at the request of the Mars Corporation that was joined in the request by Exxon Mobil Corporation and the Organization for International Investment. The Court will consider this matter on January 12, 2005.


6. Proposed Foreign Legal Consultant Rule: Ed Beck led a discussion relating to the VSB's proposed rule to which would formalize the status of Foreign Legal Consultants in the Commonwealth. A motion was passed unanimously to have the Chair communicate the Board's support of the proposed Rule to the VSB Executive Director. The motion was contingent upon there being not barrier in the Section's By-Laws to the making of such a communication. Individual Board members also agreed to discuss the proposal with their management to see if their respective employers would submit comments to the VSB in support of the draft Rule.


7. Corporate Counsel Section Seminars at Virginia Law Schools: David Rosenfeld is still working on the program. He will make reference to the program in the next Section Newsletter. Chris Floyd reported that she had already contact Regis Law School and that its administration was in favor of having a seminar. David Rosenfeld is in the process of setting up a similar program for George Mason Law School. We will need local volunteers from the Section to participate in anticipated presentations at the various Virginia Law School locations.


8. Spring Luncheons: The tentative date for the luncheons is May 19, 2005. Lori Kleine will set up the Norfolk function, Doug Callaway in Richmond and Scott Snyder in Northern Virginia. We will charge a fee of $5 person and then subsidize the rest of the cost.


9. Annual Meeting: Britt Murray reported that we will most likely join the Antitrust, Business and Administrative Law Sections in sponsoring a CLE relating to "Ethical Issues in dealing with Government Entities.


10. Web Site Update: VSB members are now able to subscribe to our List Serve feature on the Web Site. Jennifer McClellan volunteered to initially screen what will be accepted for posting on the site. It was agreed that the site should be used to announce Section events such as luncheons, CLE programs and Law School Seminars.


11. Section Newsletter: David Rosenfeld indicated that the next edition would be going out in mid-January, 2005. The lead article will be provided by Edith Katz. It will deal with Sarbanes-Oxley. There will be additional articles on the Corporate Counsel Rule, Career programs, Webster, Foreign Legal Consultant proposal, upcoming events and View from the Chair.


12. Date of Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Board will be on March 10, 2004 at 1:00pm at the VSB offices in Richmond.


13. New Business: None


14. Adjournment: Motion to adjourn was adopted unanimously.