Council Members Present
Nathan R. Green (James City County/Williamsburg), Chairman
Shannon L. Taylor (Henrico County), First Vice Chairman
Anton A. Bell (Hampton), Second Vice Chairman
Bryan L. Porter (Alexandria), Secretary
Colin D. Stolle (Virginia Beach), Past Chairman
Council District Representatives:
1. Julia H. Sichol (Westmoreland County)
2. Krystyn L. Reid (York County)
4. A. Gray Collins, III (Colonial Heights)
5. Megan L. Clark (Prince Edward County)
6. David L. Ledbetter (Waynesboro)
8. Bryan L. Porter (Alexandria)
9. Michael D. Jones (Wythe County)
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)
John L. Mahoney (Caroline County)
Eric L. Olsen (Stafford County)
Beverly P. Leatherbury (Northampton County)
Georgette C. Phillips (Isle of Wight)
Stacey T. Davenport (Chesterfield County)
Tracy Q. Martin (Halifax County)
R. Bryan Haskins (Pittsylvania County)
John Alexander (Botetourt County)
Christian E. Rehak (Radford)
Heather D. Hovermale (Winchester)
Chris Singleton (Bath County)
Andrew Nester (Henry County)
Meredith Adkins (King & Queen County)
Daniel Rutherford (Nelson County)
Erin Barr (Nottoway County)
Elizabeth Humphries (Fredericksburg)
Buta Biberaj (Loudoun County)
Rick Newman (Hopewell)
Matthew Dunne (Craig County)
Leanne Watrous (Nottoway County)
Justin Griffith (Pulaski County)
Roy Evans (Smyth County)
Jim Hingeley (Albemarle County)
W. Lyle Carver (Amherst County)
Major Caren Sterling, VSP
Angella Alvernaz, DCJS
CASC Staff Present
Jane Sherman Chambers
VACA Staff Present
Amanda Howie, Administrator
Call to Order
Mr. Green called the meeting to order at 3:06 p.m.
The draft minutes from the June 8, 2022, meeting were previously posted and circulated to Council. The minutes were approved as submitted.
Ms. Chambers reviewed the agenda items:
Ms. Chambers reviewed the CATF balance sheet reflecting account activity through June 30, 2022.
2022 Annual Summer Conference Update
Ms. Chambers reviewed the highlights of the training agenda. She reported that 365 attorneys have registered to attend, along with 107 adult guests and 24 children for the children’s party. CASC is offering 11 hours of live CLE, plus 5 hours of video replays. The replays are the highlights from 2022 Spring Institute, with a focus on presentations that were not offered via simulcast.
CASC Spring Institute Reimbursement Audit Update
Ms. Chambers circulated a list of all 10 offices that were subject to a random audit this year. She was happy to report that each one complied with requirements and satisfied all audit protocols.
VSP and DCJS Human Trafficking Initiatives
CASC welcomed Major Caren Sterling from the Virginia State Police and Angella Alvernaz from DCJS. They provided information about their latest human trafficking initiatives.
Success of CA’s Handling Appeals
Ms. Chambers shared that Robert Bauer in the Richmond CA’s office inquired if CASC had statistics on the success of appeals that previously were handled by the Office of the Attorney General. CASC does not have that information, so Ms. Chambers asked members to think about compiling that information for future use.
Updated Congressional District Spreadsheets
Ms. Chambers circulated updated Congressional Districts spreadsheets and asked everyone to please review the list and report any needed corrections. The list must be finalized before the VACA Annual Meeting on December 2, 2022, when all Board & Council positions will be subject to new elections. Next year Board & Council elections will return to the normal schedule of even-numbered congressional districts being elected in odd-numbered years and odd-numbered congressional districts being elected in even-numbered years.
Hemp Task Force Report
Mr. Casey from CASC reported on his work with the hemp task force that was formed to address hemp product regulation. He reported that the task force is being headed by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Post-conviction DNA Testing
Mr. Casey reported that he was advised that a federal judge in a Prince William County case has asked the Office of the Attorney General to determine, if possible, Virginia Circuit Court practices on granting motions for post-conviction DNA analysis. Neither he, nor any meeting attendees, are aware of this information being readily available.
There being no further business before Council, the meeting adjourned at 4:02 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting is August 7, 8:30 a.m. at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Marriott.