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April 2, 2023

Norfolk, VA

Council Members Present

Shannon L. Taylor (Henrico County), Chairman
Anton A. Bell (Hampton), First Vice Chairman
Bryan L. Porter (Alexandria), Second Vice Chairman
Julia H. Sichol (Westmoreland County), Secretary
Nathan R. Green (James City County/Williamsburg), Past Chairman

Council District Representatives:
2. Matthew R. Hamel (Chesapeake)
3. Stephanie N. Morales (Portsmouth)
4. Vincent L. Robertson (Sussex County)
5. Bethany A. S. Harrison (Lynchburg)
6. David L. Ledbetter (Waynesboro)
7. Clarissa T. Berry (Madison County)
8. Bryan L. Porter (Alexandria)
10. Amy M. Ashworth (Prince William County)

Other Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Present
Donald S. Caldwell (Roanoke City)
Jeff Haislip (Fluvanna County)
Patricia T. Watson (Greensville County/Emporia)
Meredith D. Adkins (King & Queen County)
Georgette C. Phillips (Isle of Wight)
Ramin Fatehi (Norfolk)
Derek A. Davis (Surry County)
Susan O. Fierro (Prince George County)
Megan L. Clark (Prince Edward County)
R. Bryan Haskins (Pittsylvania County)
John Alexander (Botetourt County)
Heather D. Hovermale (Winchester)
Travis D. Bird (Spotsylvania County)
Eric L. Olsen (Stafford County)
Christian E. Rehak (Radford)
Clarissa Berry (Madison)
Stacey T. Davenport (Chesterfield County)
Eric Cooke (Southampton County)
Andrew Nester (Henry County)
Roy Evans (Smyth County)
Chris Singleton (Bath County)
Leanne Watrous (Nottoway County)
Keri Gusmann (King George County)
Libby Humphries (Fredericksburg)
Erik Laub (Nelson County/Acting CA)
Jane Wrightson (Northumberland County)
Gray Collins (Colonial Heights)

Sheriff Bob Mosier, Secretary of Public Safety & Homeland Security
Alyssa Grzesiak, Human Trafficking Institute 2022-2023 Douglass Fellow, W&M 3L
Lindsey Lane, Human Trafficking Institute, Senior Legal Counsel
Ed Bane, Washington/Baltimore HIDTA, Virginia Drug Intelligence Officer
Betty Jo Anthony

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorneys Present
Marie Walls (Gloucester County)
Steve Eubank (Fredericksburg)
D.J. Hansen (Chesapeake)

CASC Staff Present
Jane Sherman Chambers

VACA Staff Present
Amanda Howie, Administrator

Call to Order
Ms. Taylor called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m.

The draft minutes from the February 14, 2023, meeting were previously posted and circulated to Council. The minutes were approved as submitted.

Chairman’s Report
Ms. Taylor welcomed everyone to Spring Institute and highlighted the importance of CASC training. She encouraged members to get their talented staff involved and to actively engage with CASC to offer exciting new trainings from new perspectives.

Administrator’s Report
Ms. Chambers deferred to Secretary Mosier to give opening remarks.

Ms. Chambers reviewed the agenda items:

Old Business

CATF Update
Ms. Chambers reviewed the CATF balance sheet reflecting account activity through February 28, 2023.

2023 Spring Institute Update
Ms. Chambers reviewed the final agenda for Spring Institute which was circulated with the meeting agenda. She reported that 719 people registered to attend Spring Institute in person and approximately 200 more registered to watch the limited simulcast. She reviewed new sign-in procedures using QR codes on the back of each attendee’s name tag. She stressed the importance of doing so for purposes of attendance records for the Virginia State Bar.

CASC Finance Committee Meeting
Ms. Chambers announced that she has coordinated with the Finance Committee chairman and has set the CASC Finance Committee for June 7, 2023, at the conclusion of the regular Board & Council meetings in Richmond. At that time the committee will review the CASC staff FY24 budget recommendations, with the goal of having a final proposed budget to submit to Council for approval at the Annual Summer Conference meeting in August.

Curriculum Committee Retreat
Ms. Chambers reminded members that the Curriculum Committee will hold their annual retreat on September 7 – 8, 2023, in Richmond. During the retreat the committee will develop agendas for the 2023 Executive Program, the 2024 Spring Institute and the 2024 Annual Summer Conference.

New Business

Virginia Human Trafficking Toolkit
Ms. Chambers introduced Alyssa Grzesiak, the Human Trafficking Institute 2022-2023 Douglass Fellow and W&M Law School 3L. Ms. Grzesiak circulated to attendees copies of the Virginia Human Trafficking Toolkit that she spent many months developing. Contained in the toolkit are Virginia’s human trafficking statutes, important cases affecting human trafficking investigations and prosecutions, statewide resources for human trafficking victims and suggested approaches to having successful, trauma-informed interactions and interviews with victims.

Washington/Baltimore HIDTA and ODMap
Ms. Chambers introduced Ed Bane, the Virginia Drug Intelligence Officer for the Washington/Baltimore area HIDTA. He explained the purpose and history of HIDTA, as well as how their services can be extremely useful to Virginia’s prosecutors. He also introduced attendees to ODMap, a real-time resource for documenting drug overdoses nationwide. Ms. Chambers reported that Washington/Baltimore HIDTA has joined the team teaching at Top Gun XXIX in May.

Public Comment

There being no further business before Council, the meeting adjourned at 1:57 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting is May 3, 10:00 a.m., in Richmond.