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January 26, 2016

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Richmond

Council Members Present
LaBravia J. Jenkins (Fredericksburg), Chairman
Eric L. Olsen (Stafford County), First Vice Chairman
Patricia T. Watson (Greensville Co./Emporia), Second Vice Chairman
Roy F. Evans (Smyth County), Secretary
Nancy G. Parr (Chesapeake), Past Chairman

Council District Representatives:
6.   Donald S. Caldwell (Roanoke City)
7.   Shannon L. Taylor (Henrico County)

Other Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Present
Michael R. Doucette (Lynchburg)
Holly Smith (Gloucester County)
C. Phillips Ferguson (Suffolk)
William B. Bray (Colonial Heights)
David L. Ledbetter (Waynesboro)
Charles H. Slemp (Wise County)
Michael Newman (Danville)

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorneys Present
Lori DiGiosia (Stafford County)
Nancy Oglesby (Henrico County)
Elliott Casey (Albemarle County)

CASC Staff Present
Jane Sherman Chambers
Shannon Weist

Call to Order
Ms. Jenkins called the meeting to order at 11:11 a.m.

The draft minutes from the December 3, 2015, meeting were previously posted and circulated to Council.  The minutes were approved as submitted.


Chairman’s Report

Administrator’s Report
Ms. Chambers recognized that there was a quorum, despite many people being kept away due to snow.

Old Business

CASC Program Update
Ms. Weist reported that currently 400 people are registered for Spring Institute scheduled to be held in Norfolk from April 3 – 6, 2016.  The Norfolk Waterside Marriott room block filled up within just a few days.  An overflow room block is at the Sheraton Waterside, located across the street.  Ms. Weist also reported that the inaugural Prosecuting Economic Crimes training program is scheduled to be held at the Richmond Crowne Plaza from February 28 – March 3, 2016.  She reviewed the faculty for that program and reported that 45 students are registered.  Further, Ms. Weist will open registration this week for the inaugural J&DR prosecutor training program that will be held from May 9 – 19, 2016.  That program will be smaller, with a cap of 25 students.

CATF Update
Ms. Chambers circulated the current balance sheet and reviewed the numbers.

New Business

Council Vacancy in 5th District
Ms. Jenkins announced that there is a Council vacancy in the 5th District.  Ms. Parr nominated Mr. Michael Newman.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Executive Program 2018
Ms. Chambers reported that a venue has not been selected for the 2018 Executive Program.  She reminded members that Williamsburg had been selected before but thus far venues had not been available for our dates.  She also reported that some people have expressed interest in changing the traditional date schedule to avoid any portion of the program being held on a Saturday.  Mr. Caldwell suggested that Ms. Hooks from Virginia Beach circulate a survey to determine the will of Commonwealth’s Attorneys statewide.  Ms. Parr suggested that the deadline for survey results be the next Council meeting on February 18, 2016.

There being no further business before Council, the meeting adjourned at 11:25 a.m.  The next regularly scheduled meeting is February 18, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Richmond.