Minutes Sept 04 BOG
VSB Corporate Counsel Section
Board of Governors
September 15, 2004
1. Introduction: The meeting was called to order at 1:00pm by Chair Eileen Johnson at the offices of the State Bar. Present in Richmond were Eileen Johnson, Jennifer McClellan, Ed Beck, Lorri Kleine, Doug Callaway, Britt Murray, Randy Noe, and Dolly Shaffner. Present by telephone were David Rosenfeld, Chris Floyd and Scott Snyder. Philip Hart and Edythe Katz did not participate in the meeting.
2. Approval of Minutes: The minutes of the Board of Governors Meeting on June 18, 2004, were unanimously approved.
3. Membership Report: The Section now has over 1000 members. The New Corporate Counsel Registration Rule has greatly contributed to the recent increase in members. Dolly Shaffner has created a new flyer inviting members of the State Bar to join the Section. Dolly will see to it that the flyer is available at the upcoming Professionalism courses, Admission ceremonies and VSB seminars. Board members are also asked to distribute the flyers as appropriate. A copy of the flyer will also be placed on the Section web site.
4. Financial/Budget: There are currently $14,183.44 in available funds in the Section's accounts. We will consider asking the Executive Committee for additional funds based upon the increase in Section membership.
5. Practice Issues: a. Corporate Counsel Registration Rule - Ed Beck discussed the recent rejection by the Supreme Court of an amendment which would have allowed lawyers admitted in foreign jurisdictions and who are employed as corporate counsel in Virginia to register under new Rule 1A:5. There was a general feeling among the Board of Governors that some solution to this matter should be pursued. Ed Beck agreed to continue investigating the matter.
b. Pro Bono Work - Eileen Johnson informed the Board of the Section's efforts to amend Rule 1A:5 to allow those members of the VSB regulated by the Rule to engage in Pro Bono work. We are advised that a decision by the Supreme Court should be forthcoming shortly. David Rosenfeld raised the issue of Section members possibly volunteering to be Guardians ad litem for Virginia Lawyers involved in disability proceedings. David will follow up on this subject.
6. Law School Writing Competition: Because of the recent lack of interest in this program, the Board voted unanimously to discontinue it. In its place, the Board decided to conduct a series of seminars on Corporate Counsel practice at the various Law Schools in Virginia. A pilot program was run over the last 2 years at George Mason University Law School and was very well received. Chris Floyd agreed to head up the effort at Regent Law School; Jennifer McClellan said she could help out with Richmond and/or UVA Law Schools; Scott Snyder said he could help out in Northern Virginia and/or UVA; and Lori Kleine volunteered to work with William and Mary. David Rosenfeld will help to identify the definite coordinator for each school.
7. CLE Co-Sponsorships: The Board agreed to co-sponsor a program on "Doing Business in England and China" to be presented in Northern Virginia by Squire Sanders and an Antitrust program to be presented by McGuire Woods in Richmond. Further invitations for co-sponsorships should be forwarded to Board members for their consideration by e-mail.
8. Annual Meeting CLE: The proposal for a Section sponsored CLE must be submitted by November 19, 2004. Britt Murray volunteered to work this issue.
9. Section Newsletter: The most recent edition was mailed. It contained 12 pages. David Rosenfeld indicated that he hoped the next edition would have a column on Ethics. David also expressed the need for more articles to be submitted by Board members. The deadline for new articles is November 15, 2004.
10. Web Site Update: The site contains 2 to 3 times the content of similar sites posted by various Bar Association Corporate Counsel Sections. It currently lists, among other information, the schedule of upcoming VSB CLE courses as well as the most recent Writing Competition submissions. If anyone has any suggestions, please contact Jennifer McClellan who will be the new Board liaison for the site.
11. Meeting Dates for the Year: December 9, 2004 at 1:00pm at a site in Northern Virginia.
March 10, 2005 at 1:00pm in Richmond.
12. Spring Luncheons: The luncheons will be held some time on the same day in mid May, 2005. Lorri Kleine will take charge of the function in Tidewater; Scott Snyder for Northern Virginia; and the Richmond luncheon will be jointly hosted by the Richmond Bar Assn. and Doug Callaway for Richmond.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned.
Edward Henry Beck