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MINUTES
Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council
Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
August 3, 2014

Council Members Present
Officers:
Raymond F. Morrogh (Fairfax), Chairman
Nancy G. Parr (Chesapeake), First Vice Chairman
LaBravia J. Jenkins (Fredericksburg), Second Vice Chairman
Eric Olsen (Stafford County), Secretary
Michael R. Doucette (Lynchburg), Past Chairman

Council District Representatives:

1.  LaBravia J. Jenkins (Fredericksburg)
2.  Colin D. Stolle (Virginia Beach)
3.  Cassandra S. Conover (Petersburg)
5.  Denise Lunsford (Albemarle County)
6.  Donald S. Caldwell (Roanoke City)
7.  William W. Davenport (Chesterfield)
9.  Christian E. Rehak (Radford)
10.  Alexander R. Iden (Winchester)
11.  Raymond F. Morrogh (Fairfax County)

Other Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Present
Joel R. Branscom (Botetourt County)
Robert B. Beasley (Powhatan County)
Michael R. Doucette (Lynchburg)
James P. Fisher (Fauquier County)
Nathan R. Green (Williamsburg/James City County)
Cassandra S. Conover (Petersburg)
Gregory D. Underwood (Norfolk)
C. Phillips Ferguson (Suffolk)
Jeffrey W. Haislip (Fluvanna County)
James R. Ennis (Prince Edward County)
John C. Singleton (Bath County)
William F. Neely (Spotsylvania County)
Theo K. Stamos (Arlington/Falls Church)
Patricia D. Scales (Cumberland County)
Roy F. Evans (Smyth County)
Nicole M. Price (Washington County)
James E. Plowman (Loudoun County)
Ross P. Spicer (Frederick County)
Richard Newman (Hopewell)
Tracy Q. Martin (Halifax)
Michael Hurd (Middlesex County)
Keri Gusmann (King George)
M. Andrew Nester (Henry County)
Ross P. Spicer (Frederick County)
Nicole M. Price (Washington County)

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorneys Present
Tom Shaia (Spotsylvania County)
Susan Hooks (Virginia Beach)

CASC Staff Present
Jane Sherman Chambers
Lawrence A. Martin
Shannon M. Weist

Special Guests
Senator David Marsden
Linda Jackson, DFS
Brad Jenkins, DFS
Katya Herndon, DFS
Robyn deSocio, Compensation Board
Paige Christy, Compensation Board

Call to Order
Mr. Morrogh called the meeting to order at 2:14 p.m.

Minutes
The draft minutes from the June 11, 2014, meeting were previously posted and circulated to Council.  The minutes were approved as submitted. 

Chairman’s Report
None.

Administrator’s Report
1) Ms. Chambers previewed items on the Summer Conference Agenda including:  1) two one-hour Ethics presentations by Philip Bogdanoff, a retired prosecutor from Akron, Ohio, who was recommended by the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators, 2) a presentation on Prosecuting Human Trafficking Cases by Bryan Porter, 3) a presentation on Eyewitness Identification Evidence by James Petersen, a former Virginia prosecutor, now with the Capital Case Section of the Department of Justice, 4) a presentation about prosecuting child and elder neglect cases and 5) the Supreme Court Update.    
2) Ms. Chambers also advised Council that three case management vendors would be in attendance throughout the conference and would be giving presentations on Monday evening, August 4, at 5:00 p.m.. Other vendors also would be present throughout the conference and would have the opportunity to give presentations on Monday.  
3)  Ms. Chambers reminded members that the CASC Curriculum Committee will meet September 4-5, 2014.   She encouraged members to send her training topic suggestions.

Old Business

Abbott Lab Update:  Mr. Caldwell reported that nothing has been resolved and that a small work group is continuing to work on this matter.  Discussion ensued about the anticipated sequence of events after new budget figures are announced on August 15.  Mr. Caldwell reported that the funds have not been moved. 

New Business

1)  Ms. Chambers asked for suggestions for the location of the 2015 Executive Program. Following discussion it was decided that since the 2013 Executive Program was held in Roanoke and this year’s program will be held in Staunton, that CASC explore a possible Williamsburg location for 2015.  It was suggested that the Executive Program maintain a regular rotation between these three geographic regions.  Ms. Chambers advised that she would have proposals ready for a vote at the next Council meeting in September.

2)  Ms. Chambers recommended that Council also look into adopting a similar rotation for Spring Institute, alternating between Richmond and Norfolk, because those are the only two venues that can accommodate training for 800 people at a price that CASC can afford.  This suggestion was not opposed.

3)  Ms. Chambers reminded members of the 2014 legislation requiring Commonwealth’s Attorneys to coordinate multi-disciplinary teams (MDT’s) to review cases of felony child sexual abuse.  She advised that DCJS will be conducting a training program on the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse on September 23 - 24, 2014 at the DoubleTree in Richmond-Midlothian (former Holiday Inn Koger Center) which will include training on the formation of MDT’s.  Ms. Chambers reported that she is part of a work group developing an MDT Handbook of sample forms and policies for jurisdictions to use to help develop and maintain their MDT’s. 

4) Ms. Chambers introduced the new CASC Logo:

 

Adjournment
There being no further business before Council, the meeting adjourned at 2:48 p.m.  The next regularly scheduled meeting is August 6, 2014, 8:30 a.m., at the Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach.


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