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Meeting Minutes - April 8, 2000

Minutes of the Virginia State Bar
Real Property Section
Board of Governors

Richmond, Virginia

The Spring Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar was held on Saturday, April 8, 2000, at 10:00 a.m., in Conference Room 2 of the Virginia Housing Development Authority, 601 South Belvidere Street, Richmond, Virginia.

The following persons were in attendance: Susan Siegfried, Lawrence Schonberger, Harry Purkey, Wayne Glass, Hugh Harrison, Robin Alsop, R. Michael Smith, Paula Caplinger, Rick Richmond, Larry McElwain, Leslie Argenta, Christina Meier, Chip Land, Randy Howard, Doug Dewing, Jane Marum Roush, Rob Pearsall, David Stroh, Page Williams, Steve Romine, Kathleen H. Michener, Craig Erdmann, Kirk Levy, Lawrence A. Daugherty, Grice McMullan, Eric Zimmerman, Richard Mendelson, Ray W. King and Steve Wood. Also in attendance were Hugh Harrison and Chuck Rothenberg, both of the Virginia Bar Association Real Estate Section. Susan Siegfried, President, chaired the meeting. Lawrence Schonberger, Secretary, kept the minutes.

Ms. Siegfried called the meeting to order.

Ms. Siegfried presented the minutes of the January 14, 2000 meeting of the Real Property Section and upon motion duly made and seconded the minutes were unanimously approved by those who attended the January 14, 2000 meeting. Those not in attendance at the January 14, 2000 meeting abstained.

Ms. Siegfried presented the financial report.

Ms. Siegfried introduced Ms. Williams and Ms. Michener as nominees as Area Representatives, and upon motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

RESOLVED, that Page Williams and Kathleen H. Michener are hereby appointed Area Representatives for the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Ms. Siegfried presented a report and led a discussion on the development of the section’s web site design by a company known as VIPNET, and upon motion duly made and seconded it was unanimously

RESOLVED, that the Real Property Section hereby requests that the Virginia State Bar enter into a contract with VIPNET for the creation and design of the Real Property Section’s website.

Ms. Siegfried presented a report and led a discussion on the Virginia State Bar’s technology task force, asked for volunteers from the section to serve on the task force and announced that Mr. Dewing has agreed to chair the section’s technology subcommittee.

Mr. Schonberger presented a report on the articles scheduled for the next edition of the FEE SIMPLE, requested additional articles from the section’s members and asked members to contact Linda Butler directly regarding the submission of additional articles.

Ms. Siegfried presented a report on the topics for the Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar and the Summer Bar Meeting Seminar, and commended Mr. John David Epperly for his hard work on organizing these events.

Ms. Siegfried presented a report and led a discussion on the recently held Advanced Real Estate Practice Seminar. It was proposed that the Spring Meeting of the Real Property Section be held simultaneously with the seminar and that the seminar be held at another location, such as the Boar’s Head Inn. No formal action was taken.

Ms. Siegfried led a discussion regarding the section and the Virginia Bar Association real estate section jointly nominating Court Traver for the Gardner G. DeMallie, Jr. Award and upon motion duly made and seconded it was unanimously

RESOLVED, that Susan Siegfried, on behalf of the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar shall draft, with Hugh Harrison of the real estate section of the Virginia Bar Association, the nomination of Court Traver for the Gardner G. DeMallie, Jr. Award.

Mr. Richmond presented a report on the Commercial Real Estate Handbook.

Ms. Siegfried presented a report and led a discussion on the proposed subcommittee policy statement, and upon motion duly made and seconded the following subcommittee policy statement was unanimously adopted:

SUBCOMMITTEE POLICY STATEMENT FOR THE REAL PROPERTY SECTION OF THE VIRGINIA STATE BAR

WHEREAS, the Real Property Section (the "Section") of the Virginia State Bar maintains subcommittees (the "Subcommittees") for the benefit of its members; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of the Subcommittees is to provide information and education to its members, and potential members, on areas of interest related to real property, including, but not limited to, ethics, bankruptcy, housing, information and technology, land use, title insurance, legal forms, small firm and solo practice, membership and first day in practice; and

WHEREAS it is the desire of the Section to encourage the participation of as many members as possible in leadership activities, and to encourage action and new ideas on the part of the Subcommittees; and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Section to adopt a policy statement for guidance regarding the purpose, organization, operation of the Subcommittees.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED:

The purpose of the Section’s Subcommittees shall be for the education and professional support of the Section’s membership. The Membership and First Day in Practice Subcommittees shall also encourage enrollment of new members in the Section.

Each Area Representative shall be a member of a Subcommittee. Each Subcommittee chairperson shall serve for two years.

Each Subcommittee chairperson shall deliver a report at each meeting of the Section’s Board of Governors on the Subcommittee’s activities. Each Subcommittee shall submit at least one article a year, and periodic updates as may be appropriate, for the Fee Simple, the Section’s newsletter, reporting on recent legislation, case law and legal events related to the Subcommittee’s area of the law or activities. Each Subcommittee is encouraged to participate in a least one CLE Seminar annually.

Each Subcommittee shall meet at least once annually either in person or telephonically and the Chairperson shall deliver a report on the Subcommittee’s meeting at the following Board of Governor’s meeting

Ms. Siegfried led a discussion on creating a policy statement on the role of Area Representative for publication in the Fee Simple, and upon motion duly made and seconded it was unanimously

RESOLVED, Steve Wood shall draft an Area Representative policy statement setting forth the duties of an Area Representative to be presented at the next meeting of the Board of Governors.

Mr. Wood presented a report on behalf of the Bankruptcy Subcommittee.

Mr. Romine presented a report on behalf of the Environmental Subcommittee.

Mr. Dewing presented a report on behalf of the Information and Technology Subcommittee and Mr. King presented a report on electronic filing pilot programs.

Mr. Howard presented a report on behalf of the Membership Subcommittee. According to Mr. Howard the section’s membership is the third largest.

Mr. Richmond presented a report and led a discussion on the translation and distribution of the home buyers manual.

Ms. Siegfried led a discussion on nominating new members for the Board of Directors.

Mr. McMullan presented a report and led a discussion on the proposed changes to Virginia Code Section 64.1 et seq.

There being no further business, upon motion duly made and seconded, the meeting was adjourned at 12:00 noon.

Lawrence Schonberger, Secretary